More than half a hundred Basque artists and writers, 56 in total, will show the current strong state of Basque cultural creativity in the Edinburgh summer festivals (Scotland).
The extensive representation of contemporary Basque literature and performing arts, which includes authors and groups such as Bernardo Atxaga, Iban Zaldua, Arkaitz Kano, and the inclusive dance company Hapar que Ponchase Cachas (HQCP) and contemporary dance Krego-Martín, among others, they will participate from August 10 to 18 at the Fringe, Performing Arts and Book festivals, dedicated to the books of the Scottish capital.
The selection of Basque artists and authors who will participate in this international showcase of culture, held in Edinburgh throughout the year, but in August has its main and massive appointments, has been made by the own responsible for the contest that have come to Euskadi to know the current creative panorama to carry it out.
This was explained by the director of the Etxepare Institute, for the dissemination of Basque culture abroad, Irene Larraza, at the presentation in Bilbao of the delegation of Basque creators who will participate in it. For his part, the Minister of Culture, Bingen Zupiria has highlighted the "Awesome" challenge It means to internationalize "a small culture and creative activity, also linked to a small language such as Basque", something that, however, has been considered "an obligation of the Basque institutions".
The writer Bernardo Atxaga, author who has already been present in several editions of the Edinburg International Book Festival, has agreed with the Minister of Culture that "we should imitate what is done in Edinburgh" since in his opinion "the best place" for show what is done in cultural matters are "medium-sized cities", as pointed out, occurs in Italy, the United Kingdom or Sweden, among other places.
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