The Euroregion Aquitaine Euskadi, -comprised by the Basque Government and the Regions of Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes-, the Etxepare Basque Institute and Euskal Kultur Erakundea-Institut Culturel Basque, have presented today to the press the new cooperation agreement they have signed: Aquitaine.eus.
Through this agreement the signatory institutions commit themselves to work together in two ways: firstly, they will include works by Basque artists from both sides of the border at festivals and events of Aquitaine, in different disciplines; on the other, they will promote relations and cross-border cooperation between creators and agents of Aquitaine and Euskadi.
Mikel Antón, European Affairs Director of the Basque Government, has stated that the development of the new Strategic Plan of the Euroregion (2014-2020) showed the need to know each other better. Given the importance of culture in this regard, he noted, the Plan will promote awareness and promotion of languages, and culture will become a a central concept for cooperation. Anton has placed the Aquitaine.eus initiative in that context, which will prioritize works developed in Basque language. The project will take two years and a budget of 67,500 euros.
Mathieu Bergé, Regional Director of the Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes Region, stressed that, beyond being border-separated, this project has an Euroregional dimension. In fact, given the recent growth of North Aquitaine (with the annexation of Poitou-Charentes and Limousin), and the south (soon Navarra will join) the new Euroregion will soon have 9 million inhabitants and represent the 2% of European territory. "A significant size to have our own policies" in the words of Bergé, who emphasized the step forward that marks the beginning of this joint work with organizations such as Etxepare and EKE.
The Director of EKE, Euskal Kultur Erakundea, Pantxoa Etxegoin also showed his satisfaction because he believes that the new agreement endorses the joint work undertaken in the recent years by Etxepare and EKE. "We want to add value to the Euroregion” - he added- “ to ensure that the Basque culture is there and that a real exchange takes place ". Aizpea Goenaga, Director of Etxepare Basque Institute, highlighted the importance of the incorporation of Navarre, a territory of the Euskera and Basque culture, which is also promoted by the Institute internationally". She has also underlined that the creators are at the heart of this agreement, and that the new program is open to their suggestions: "This is only the beginning".
In the presentation Aizpea Goenaga and Pantxoa Etxegoin also detailed the planned program for 2016 under this new partnership.
- MARCH 7-10. Under the fair DEFERIA, they will translate into French texts of four plays, so that the Aquitaine programmers can see them with subtitles. The plays are: "Musu bat" (Tanttaka); "Oskara" (Kukai Dantza); "Zergaitik Jamil?" (Tartean Teatroa) and "Jokoz Kanpo" (Borobil Teatroa).
- MARCH 8. They have organized a meeting of cultural institutions and organizations of Aquitaine-Euskadi in Donostia, to encourage collaborative work.
- APRIL 13. A Basque writer whose work has been translated into French will participate in the program of the Fair Escale du Livre de Bordeaux.
- MAY 19-22. The street arts fair Leioako UMORE AZOKA will host a professional meeting of programmers and professionals of Aquitaine and the Basque Country.
- AUGUST 4-6. A Basque company will carry out an artist residency in Libourne, at the International Street Arts Festival Fest´arts. The festival program will also include at least three Basque companies and meetings between programmers and professionals ofAquitaine-Euskadi will be organized.
- AUTUM. LE ROCHER DE PALMER Bordeaux-Cenon will schedule Basque music, in three concerts. There will also hold an exhibition and workshops of traditional Basque music in schools and in the center itself.
- NOVEMBER FORTH. The exhibition on Basque dance SOKA will visit several cities of Aquitaine. In November it will be in Pau.