One more year, BASQUE AUDIOVISUAL that represents the Basque audiovisual sector, will have a significant presence in major international fairs. Thanks to the joint work of the Basque audiovisual cluster EIKEN, promoter of the brand, and the Etxepare Basque Institute, this project continues to progress in the search of the internationalization and new business ways for the Basque audiovisual sector. To that end, BASQUE AUDIOVISUAL will have its own stand at various international fairs over the coming months:
MIPTV (Cannes). April 4-7. The most important fair of television and digital content.
SUNNY SIDE OF THE DOC. (La Rochelle). June 20-23. International Fair of the documentary.
MIPCOM (Cannes). October 17-20. Global market for entertainment contents in all formats.
In addition, the Etxepare Basque Institute will again offer grants to the companies so that they can cope with the costs of attending fairs (travel, accreditation , accommodation and per diems).
The festival WestWay LAB Festival is back with its third edition, on April 6 - 16 in Guimarães, Portugal. The Etxepare Basque Institute will support the participation of three Basque managers that will take part in the event.
WestWay LAB is one of the most known music festival in the country. They organize it every year under the network ETEP (European Talent Exchange Programme) and in collaboration with BIME (Bilbao International Music Experience).
Process, Product and Thought are the three pillars of this music event, which become into an attractive space for people who love live music and for those who want to organize meetings between professional musicians; it is also a good choice to promote creation processes.
The goals of this cultural event are to give recognition to every portuguese participating in a global frame, to increase the number of anual participation, to promote the festival in an international area, and to offer to proffesional musicians the chance to participate in important conferences.Read more
The MIN Independent Music Awards MIN Independent Music Awards will host Basque sound this year, too. On the one hand, Belako band has been placed among the finalists of two major awards: the Radio 3 Award for Best Artist and the Ticketea Best Live Show. On the other, five albums are eligible for the Best Basque Album Award, supported by the Etxepare basque Institute: : MMXV (Mikel Urdangarin), Ziklomorphosia (Sorkun), Phoenicoperus (Ken Zazpi), Barnasants 2015 (Jabier Muguruza) and Ez Nago lo (U.K.Bill)
The main awards decided through an open votation –here!-, so do not miss the opportunity: the deadline for voting is 15 April. The awards ceremony will be held only a few days later, on April 19, at the Apollo Theatre in Madrid.Read more
Under the title De la musique avant toute chose, they organize a cultural event for Thursday, April 7, in Sorbonne Nouvelle University of Paris, with its lectureship. The Basque teacher Miren Ibarluzea and the reader Marie Pourquié-Bidegain will be the organizators of the conference.
In the program, Ibarluzea and the teacher of Bourdeaux-Montaigne University and researcher of the center of Basque language texts research Aurélie Arcocha-Scarcia will take part in the first pairing, from 13:45.
On the other hand, Marie Pourquié-Bidegain will also take part on the afternoon´s musical event, which will start at 19:30, in the library of the university.Read more
From today and until April 7, EIKEN-Basque Audiovisual and Digital Content Cluster will be, one more time, in Cannes with the most relevant international agents in the audiovisual sector, where each year they participate in which is considered one of the most important TV markets and media in the world. MIPTV offers the opportunity of meeting producers, distributors and buyers from all continents, and allows the internationalization of audiovisual formats in a global market.
This year, Baleuko, ExpressiveMedia Project, Happymeter, J.O.K. Films, Pausoka Entertainment, Prime Time Media, The Blackout Project, EiTB and Competencia Estudios Euskadi are the companies that will be in the stand, and under the Basque Audiovisual brand, to present their products. With these companies, the Clúster EIKEN and Etxepare Basque Institute will work together in an intense comercial labor , that will step up the network of international contacts in order to generate business opportunities for Basque companies.
The Basque Audiovisual and Digital Content Cluster travels to France with a wide range of animation products, distribution, entertainment and formats. The aim of this participation is to enable meetings with international professionals of the audiovisual sector. For this reason, EIKEN also has set its goals, as the promotion of our territory, presenting the Basque Country as the core of international production, and Basque Audiovisual and Digital Content as future link for filming.
During the previous weekend to MIPTV, they have organized the MIPFormats and MipDoc. The first one gathers the most important producers, presidents, buyers, and distributors to discover the best entertainment formats and the future must-see. J.O.K FILMS has been mentioned this year thanks to its "Master Chef" program. On the other hand, the MipDoc devotes his attention to the genre of nonfiction, which this year has had the presence of Morgan Freeman presenting the documentary "The story of God".
The Japanese translation of the novel "Mussche" by Kirmen Uribe, translated from the orginal text in Basque by Nami Kaneko and subsidized by Etxepare, has been chosen as one of five finalists in the Best Translation Award in Japan (Best Translation Award). This prize was created in 2015, so it will be given for the second time. The Jury will announce the winner on April 11.
A previous shortlist of 15 books was chosen by the readers, that voted for their 10 favourites, and the Jury, composed by five translators, who chose 5 more books. The final list includes two books published by Hakisui Sha, publisher awarded last year; one of them is “Mussche”.
These are the finalists:
“Strana proiskhozhdeniia”, Dmitrii Bakin. Translation: Shun´ichiro Akikusa.
“Solibo magnifique”, Patrick Chamoiseau. Translation: Ryoko Sekiguchi.
“The Crazyladies of Pearl Street”, Patrick Honnoré Trevanian. Translation: Kaori Ekuni.
“The Magician on the Footbridge”, Wu Ming-yi. Translation: Kentaro Amano.Read more
“Mussche”, Kirmen Uribe. Translation: Nami Kaneko.
Two Basque films part of Fenêtre Basque, a section fostered by the Etxepare Basque Institute, have just been awarded at the Nantes Film Festival! AMAMA, directed by Asier Altuna, has won the Youth Jury Award, and Muros / Walls, by Pablo Iraburu and Migueltxo Molina has received the Best Documentary Film Award. Zorionak!!!
Fenêtre Basque (Basque Window) is the Basque Cinema Section within the Festival de Cine Español de Nantes , created 16 years ago. Nowadays it is possible thanks to the support of the Etxepare Institute; the Basque Cinemateque collaborates, too. The selection allows the French festival to access the best Basque productions of the year, as well as other interesting productions of Basque authors.
They organized an important Basque event on March 11 in the University of Liverpool, under the Manuel Irujo Chair, called Hybridity and new networks: contemporary critical interventions; the topics were focused on the artistic Basque productions and hibridity.
This year, the Visiting Research Fellow, whose research interests focus on the interaction between memory, literature and visual culture is Nerea Arruti.
The event gathered several filmmakers, writers, art critics and academics. Film screenings and poetry performances were alternated with analysis and discussion of current artistic practices in the Basque realm.
About twenty-five people took part in the Basque event, and they created some dicussions spaces to deepen on the hibridity and contemporary Basque culture. Among others, the colloquium of the director Oskar Alegria (Emak Bakia) and the reading session of Ixiar Rozas (Beltzuria) were really successful.
On the other hand, the conferences of Peio Aguirre (The Poetics of the Non-group) and Harkaitz Cano (Is the Contemporary Artist a Kleptomaniac?) generated interesting discussions, and Liverpool is now eager to know more about the quality of Basque art and contemporary literature.Read more