About us

The Basque Cultural Institute (BCI) is an association (Act of 1901) founded in April 1990 thanks to the impetus of cultural associations and the financial involvement of the State, Aquitaine Region, the Atlantic Pyrenees Department and the Organisation of Municipalities for Basque Culture.

Château Lota in Ustaritz, home to the Basque Cultural Institute

Located since it was first set up in the municipality of Ustaritz, its aim is to contribute to developing the Basque language and culture in the Northern or French Basque Country. It plays an important role in terms of cultural coordination and structuring, as well as facilitating links between associations and institutions.

Its professional team is made up of 7 employees.

In accordance with its articles of association, the Basque Cultural Institute gives priority to means of expression in the Basque language. These actions can be either directly implemented and managed by the Basque Cultural Institute or proposed and managed by associations with the help of the BCI.

Further details

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
Localization: Map


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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