Basque culture will have a special place in Scotland in 2019. In San Sebastian this morning the Etxepare Basque Institute presented the artistic and cultural programme of events to be held this year in Scotland’s most important cities. The activities are designed to raise awareness of Basque contemporary creation and strengthen ties with Scotland through culture, arts and language.
From literature to the performing arts to music and film, #ScotlandGoesBasque, is a multidisciplinary programme that will present some of the most outstanding Basque artists and creators to the Scottish public from January to October. The programme will bring together Scottish and international audiences, as well as industry professionals from the creative, cultural and academic sectors, to discover the richness and variety of contemporary Basque culture and creation.
Throughout 2019, around a hundred Basque artists will showcase their talent and creativity at some of the country’s leading festivals: Celtic Connections (Glasgow), the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and Edinburgh’s International and Fringe festivals - Dance Base, among others, and scholarly work at the universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Skye. The first event is the Celtic Connections world music festival (January 17 to February 3), which will feature the Basque bands Huntza, Kalakan, Korrontzi and Oreka Tx, as well as Tosta Banda, the multicultural group with Basque representatives.
The aim of the programme is to strengthen ties through culture, arts and language, and through dialogue between creators from both countries. The Etxepare Basque Institute hopes that the events will lead to a better understanding of Basque culture and help to generate new conversations, bolster exchange, create new networks and synergies, and open doors for future collaborations. In this regard, it is worth noting that channels for collaboration have already been established between Scottish entities and Basque cultural stakeholders, such as Durangoko Azoka, Literaktum and Gutun Zuria in the area of literature, and Atlantikaldia and Dantzagunea in the area of dance.