The Mercat de Música Viva de Vic will start tomorrow, on September 18, and this year three Basque groups will take part in the festival thaks to the program Euskadiko Soinuak of the Basque Government and the Etxepare Basque Institute: Mursego, Oreka TX and Kepa Junkera. Mursego will show that it is possible to create music with any object; the txalaparta-players will present their latest work, Silex, and Kepa Junkera will play together with the members of the group Sorginak.
The program Euskadiko Soinuak, has organized, together with the Etxepare Institute, a presentation to promote meetings between Basque musicians and professionals from the Mercat. They will aslo present the festival “EuskalHerria Sona”, that will be held in Barcelona.
The Basque companies will have a collective stand (39th) to promote their artists and to arrange professional meetings. The following companies are taking part in the Mercat: Kultura Live (Asociación de Salas Privadas), MIE (Asociación de la Industria Musical Vasca), Baga Biga Musika Ideiak, Damba, Emankor Sarea y TxalapArt.
This will be the 26th year for the festival that gathers professionals from different musical areas, and as always, will offer a varied program for the four days: you can enjoy concerts of different musical genres throughout the city. They will also organize the MVLAB, a meeting point for developers, institutions, festivals, companies, agencies, record companies and professionals of the music industry.Read more
Mursego will perform songs of her third work: Hiru. Oreka TX will present a disk showing a txalaparta that mixes both tradition and innovation. Kepa Junkera will soon approach 35 years on the stage, and with this project explains what for him is the essence of his music, while paying homage to his instrument.
The fair FiraTàrrega closed yesterday its 2014 edition, which has been held between September 11-14. Once again, the market has become a meeting point for professionals of the performing arts, and has promoted the internationalization of the companies. This year, the Basque companies Kukai Dantza and Markeliñe have taken part in the market, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, and have taken advantage of the expanding opportunities that the market offers.
Also this year, they have organized the stand Euskal Teatroa of the Basque Government, which has been a showcase for Basque companies, supporting and giving visibility to their works.
Kukai Dantza presented the show "Gelajauziak", created with choreographer Cesc Galabert. This project focuses on two different popular dances: the soinu zarrak from Guipuzkoa and the dantzaz-jauziak form Lapurdi. Two dances, each from a different side of the border, that have lived generation after generation.
Markeliñe, on the other hand, presented the show "Andante”, a mask theater play that tells stories that shouldn’t be forgotten. Anonymous stories of shoes. Shoes that could also be ours.Read more
Thanks to the agreement signed by the Etxepare Basque Institute and AIE, some Basque music bands will have the chance to participate in the program Artistas en Ruta, that aims to promote live music concerts.
This program has two calls each year, and the deadline to sign up for the second one will finish on Monday, September 15.Read more
Basque Window will allow the UK premiere of the short film Zela Trovke (2013, Asier Altuna) and Amaren Eskuak (2013, Mireia Gabilondo), both in the original version in Basque, and Tres 60 (2013, Alejandro Ezcurdia) . It will also provide the London premiere of The Witches of Zugaramurdi (2013, Alex de la Iglesia), that will be preceded by the short film Cholera (2013, Aritz Moreno). The film Violet (2013 Luiso Berdejo) will close the program.
The Basque section will also include a special session devoted to documentaries about the Basque Country. A glance at the Basque Country will screen Homeland (2013, Cyrus Sutton) and two documentaries about the Basque Country directed in 1955 by Orson Welles.
Homeland is a short film produced in 2013 by the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Surfilmfestibal in Donostia. It is a reflection on the culture and the Basque language from the perspective of American famous surf movie director Cyrus Sutton. The documentary, which has been exhibited in various surf film festivals worldwide, is guided by the waves of the Bay of Biscay to visit unforgettable landscapes, cliffs, remote hamlets ... and singularly reflect the atmosphere of Basque culture today.
Documentaries Pays Basque I (The Basque Countries) and Pays Basque II (The Pelote Basque), which also can be seen in this session, were created by Orson Welles for the Around the World with Orson Welles series of ITV . The director dedicated two out of the six chapters of this series to the Basque Country on both sides of the Pyrenees.
With the support and close collaboration of the Basque Delegation for the European Union, the Etxepare Basque Institute has been invited to cooperate and work jointly with the European Union National Institutes for Culture. The Etxepare Institute has also consolidated its communication and work channels with the European Commission and with key cultural institutions in Belgium, such as BOZAR.
During these days the work agenda of the Etxepare Basque Institute´s Director, Aizpea Goenaga, is part of the foreign positioning strategy of the Basque cultural and creative industry and the Basque language. The Etxepare Institute has already an extensive track record working with European institutions and Belgian cultural institutions. The work and contacts established now also have had a markedly European and strategic focus, opening up specific possibilities for the Basque cultural sector.
2014-10-10 / 2014-10-10 - Josu Okiñena offers a conference-concert in New York
The piano player Josu Okiñena will offer a conference-concert at the Skylight Room of CUNY (City University of New York): A delicious approach to the work of the renowned Basque composer, folklorist and researcher José Gonzalo Zuaika, known as Aita Donostia.
The concert has been organized within the Bernardo Atxaga Chair and tries to disseminate Basque folklore through the work of Aita Donostia.
6 p.m. , Skylight Room - CUNYRead more
2014-10-10 / 2014-11-20 - Euskadi suena... en Madrid
With the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, the festival Euskadi suena... en Madrid has been created for the first time. With the objective of spreading the Basque music, different concerts will be performed around the city:
Oreka TX: October 10 - Clamores
Willis Drummond: October 17 - Wurlitzer Ballroom
Jainko Txiki eta Jostalari Hura: October 31 - Bogui Jazz
Travellin Brothers: November 14 - El Sol
Tania de Sousa: November 14 - Juglar
Ainara LeGardon: November 20 - Siroco
The exhibition "Azaletik sustraietara" will also be available: it shows the last 5 decades of music trough the covers of disks.
2014-10-12 / 2014-10-19 - Leire Bilbao at "Con barqueira e obrador"
The 3rd edition of "Con barqueira e remador", an International Poetry Translation Workshop will be organized in San Simon Island, in the river of Vigo.
This year, the Basque poet and writer Leire Bilbao will take part, along with six other international poets, at the event which aims to promote poetic translation. She will travel with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute.Read more
2014-12-04 / 2015-03-04 - The travelling exhibition GAUR(sic) in Córdoba (Argentina)
The travelling exhibition GAUR(sic) will be shown in Montevideo (Uruguay). The artist Aitor Lajarín, member of the collective, will be there.
With the aim of raising awareness about contemporary Basque art and placing it in an international context, the Etxepare Basque Institute has sponsored GAUR (sic), a research project that took shape in a travelling exhibition of video works which was curated by Nekane Aramburu.
The final selection of works centred on eight creative proposals, the work of the artists Sra. Polaroiska (Alaitz Arenzana and María Ibarretxe), Colombina’s (Larraitz Torres and Sandra Cuesta), Aitor Lajarin, Zuhar Iruretagoiena, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Saioa Olmo, Juan Aizpitarte and Ixone Sadaba.
2014-12-05 / 2014-12-05 - Presentation of the latest book by Cancho Beltrán in Burgos
José Luis Cancho Beltran presents his latest book "Lento proceso" in Burgos. The author bases his writings on his own experiences at the time of Franco.Read more