Presentation of the project for the new Performing Arts Centre
Construction of the 5800-m² Eszenika centre will be begin during the first quarter of 2011
Celaa declared that "Eszenika will be the best and most singular manifestation of Basque art and culture in the fields of dance and the performing arts".
This morning, the Minister of Education, Universities and Research presented Eszenika, the centre for the Performing Arts, Dance and Theatre Design. The minister went on to say that the project represented an "investment in the teaching of art and culture of great value for Bilbao, Vizcaya and the Basque Country". Celaa declared that the cultural sector is "an economic sector of the future and this investment is in addition to those that Bilbao has made in the world of culture".
The future centre will have 5800 m² and will be located in the San Mamés area of Bilbao (next to the headquarters of Basque TV, EITB) The project has been allocated a budget of €5 million. Work will begin in the first quarter of 2011 and the centre will offer courses in three areas of the performing arts: stage management and theatre arts, stage design and performance. There will also be courses in dance including the specialist areas of teaching, performance and choreography and a diploma in stage techniques. This will be an associate degree course. Eszenika is the result of many years of campaigning by actors, writers, choreographers, dancers and artists for the creation of a performing arts centre.
The Education Minister maintains that Eszenika will be a "multilingual centre of excellence" for "the whole of the Basque Country" and will complete the map of higher education centres in the Basque Country thanks to this project and the Musikene centre in San Sebastian.
Celaa declared that "Eszenika will be the best and most singular manifestation of Basque art and culture in the fields of dance and the performing arts" and added that the centre must become "a laboratory that combines the purest local traditions and the most cosmopolitan modernity".