This free week-end event will celebrate the fascinating richness of Basque culture and aims to strike a dialogue about identity, co-existence and interconnectivity.
As part of the San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture programme, the festival brings together both Basque artists who work and live in London and artists associated with Basque culture, offering a unique insight from the diaspora and their associates through a collective ambition and unified vision.
An evening of live performances and art opens the festival on Friday June 3rd. Visitors will be offered the Baskfest pintxo – designed by Arzak, the Michelin starred Basque chef. Saturday, the exhibition will be open throughout the day segwaying into an evening of live music (experimental folk and electro-pop) and DJing alongside a drawing performance and a further opportunity to sample the ‘Baskfest cuisine’. Sunday focuses on the Txalaparta instrument (Basque percussion), featuring a workshop followed by screenings of the multi award winning film documentaries ‘’Nomadak’’ directed by Raúl de la Fuente and ‘’Mugaritz’’ by Juantxo Sardon.
Expect unique, unconventional, thought provoking yet fun performances by dancers Ernesto Sarezale, Igor and Moreno; music by composers and songwriters Isa Suarez, Iñigo Ugarteburu and Felipe Ugarte; art by Arantxa Echarte and Juanan Eguiguren amongst many more.
For the Full Baskfest program visit http://londonbasquediaspora.org/festival-programme/