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About us

The Basque Cultural Institute (BCI) is a non-profit 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 Jauregia
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 9 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.

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, and wednesday, closure at 1pm).

Address: Château Lota - BP 6 - 64480 Ustaritz
Tel.: 0(033)5 59 93 25 25