Basque culture institute

In the heart of Basque culture 

The Basque Cultural Institute, founded in 1990, is an organisation (1901 Act Association) funded by the State (Ministry of Culture), the Aquitaine Regional Council, the Atlantic Pyrenees General Council and the Organisation of Municipalities for the Basque Culture, which brings together 146 member municipalities. In accordance with its articles of association, the Basque Cultural Institute (BCI) gives priority to means of expression in the Basque language, based on projects carried out by around a hundred BCI member associations and artists. Further details

Cultural activities and projects

Since it was founded in 1990, the Basque Cultural Institute has provided assistance to around a hundred partner associations and their projects. The BCI also carries out its own actions in the field of heritage, the performing arts, activities and the dissemination of culture. It also carries out multiannual theme-based programmes. Further details

Debate & research

On our website you will find documents on the situation and future of the Basque culture in the Northern Basque Country. With subjects such as identity, cultural practices and consumption, regional potential and development. Further details

Basque culture's portal website

The Basque culture's portal website is the Basque Cultural Institute's spearhead within the framework of its work to develop and disseminate the Basque culture with the public at large. Don't miss the list of what's on, updated every day, the database of artists and the "Basque culture" special reports.

Contact us

The Basque Cultural Institute is open to the public from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12:30pm and from 1:30 to 6pm (except Fridays, closure at 5pm).

Address: Château Lota - BP 6 - 64480 Ustaritz
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The aim of this blog in both Basque and French is to bear witness to the work carried out by the Basque Cultural Institute and reflect the diversity of our structure’s activities. Your contribution is welcome!

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