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The Basque Government's General Secretariat for Overseas Action and the Etxepare Institute organise the First European Season of Basque Culture and Talent

2011 March 2

The Basque Government's General Secretariat for Overseas Action, through its Delegation in Brussels, and the Etxepare Institute have organised an extensive program of events to promote Basque culture and talent.

The program of activities commences this week with an exhibition entitled "Donostia-San Sebastian: waves of citizen energy" in the European Parliament.

Brussels, March 1, 2011. The General Secretariat for Overseas Action, with the coordination of the Basque Delegation in Brussels, and in cooperation with the Etxepare Institute has launched, for the first time, a joint effort to promote Basque culture and talent abroad, supported by Donostia-San Sebastian's bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2016 and with the participation of institutions located in Belgium.

According to Guillermo Echenique, the Basque Government's General Secretary for Overseas Action, "This initiative is evidence of the Basque Government's commitment to promoting our values and accomplished citizens abroad. Culture is synonymous with the advancement of transformation and coexistence; and this is what this season demonstrates."

For a period of two months, the capital city of Belgium will host the First European Season of Basque Culture and Talent, which commences this week with the "Donostia-San Sebastián: waves of citizen energy" exhibition in the European Parliament.

A wide variety of cultural activities have been organised in the areas of literature, cinema, art and music to draw attention to Basque culture and talent, both in Belgium and in the European Union, and to consolidate collaborative ties with cultural institutions and industry professionals and strengthen Basque presence in festivals and events organised by cultural and creative industries.

The first European Season of Basque Culture and Talent has been organised as part of the celebrations to mark 25 years of Basque representation in Brussels and the foundation of the Etxepare Institute.


The First European Season of Basque Culture and Talent brings together some of the Basque Country's most prominent cultural figures as well as new talent

Under the coordination of the Basque Delegation in Brussels and with the participation of the Etxepare Institute, taking advantage of the important cultural events in the Belgium capital and featuring distinguished figures such as Bernardo Atxaga along with new Basque talent, the 1st European Season of Basque Culture and Talent boasts the following program:

• The "Donostia-San Sebastián: waves of citizen energy" exhibition, on display in the European Parliament between the 28th of February and the 4th of March.

• The Passaporta Literary Festival with the participation of Bernardo Atxaga and other great European literary figures. The festival, organised in cooperation with the Cervantes Institute, takes place in the Monnaie Theatre on the 27th of March.

• The "Ghosts in Armour" exhibition, an art exhibition jointly organised by Basque, Welsh and German artists, focusing on industrial transformation and art. The exhibition is on display in the European Parliament from the 28th of March to the 1st of April.

• The Brussels Short Film Festival, during which a number of open days will be held for the general public and industry professionals as a means of fostering a greater understanding of the Basque audiovisual sector. The Festival runs from the 28th of April to the 8th of May with the participation of the Basque Film Archive.

• The Basque Folk Concert featuring Xarnege in Brussels on the 20th of May.

The "Donostia-San Sebastian: waves of citizen energy" exhibition in the European Parliament is the first event on the European Season of Basque Culture and Talent program

In cooperation with the Basque Delegation in Brussels, the Office for San Sebastian's Candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2016 presents the "Donostia-San Sebastian: waves of citizen energy" exhibition in the European Parliament from the 28th of February to the 4th of March.

On the 2nd of March the exhibition will be unveiled to over one hundred representatives of diplomatic offices, European regions and institutions, as well as the Mayor of Donostia and members from the political parties represented on the council, members of the European Parliament and the head of the Basque Government's General Secretariat for Overseas Action and Basque Delegate in Brussels, Marta Marín.

The exhibition is one of the initiatives organised within the framework of the collaboration agreement signed in December 2010 between the Basque Government's General Secretariat for Overseas Action (an office of the Basque Delegation in Brussels) and the Office for Donostia's Candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2016.

The main objectives of the exhibition are to contribute to the dissemination of the project and of the content of Donostia-San Sebastian's Candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2016, as well as to reflect the spirit of the candidacy of Gipuzkoa's capital, the result of a highly participative process which has been made possible thanks to the support of the many people who have offered, and continue to offer, their ideas, knowledge and experience. This amalgamation of values and proposals is the essence of WAVES OF CITIZEN ENERGY - a culture for coexistence, which means PEOPLE must demonstrate their commitment to the energy of life, the capacity to create, initiative, the spirit of (self) critique, as a means to promote citizen commitment and a future of peace.

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