Donostia / San Sebastian

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With the motto “Cultura para convivir” [Culture to coexist], the city of Donostia-San Sebastián shows off the cultural city status of the European continent this 2016. A whole year full of activities focused on showing that culture builds bridges to make living with each other easier, to help us get close to each other, to get to know each other, to walk in each other’s shoes.


A year to celebrate

With the day of San Sebastián (January 20), the starting signal of this exciting year for this city, territory and its people will be given.

This very special year will begin with a five-day celebration. 120 hours to enjoy and make culture coexist is the leitmotiv of 2016. The big day will be on Saturday 23, when a spectacular city party will take place. The person in charge of designing this event was Hansel Cereza, who promises a collective experience where the city will be the center of activity and where the values which shape the city will become visible.


Creativity and wild participation

The cultural program scheduled for the entire year will have endless events and initiatives, apart from the usual cultural occasions of the city. Other than the International Film Festival, the Musical Fortnight or the Jazzaldia, to name a few, all kinds of interesting calls of different nature will join, like music, folklore, art, open technologies, movies, theater or gastronomy.

Temporary light systems will be installed, like the ones in the Winter Solstice Call. There will be a lab about digital culture and technology under the “do it yourself” philosophy, like Hirikilabs. Also, performances on public space like “Fuentes” [Fountains], where all the “retired” public fountains will be installed on the same park in order to show the constant changes that the cities go through and how they change our everyday lives even though we might not notice. It’s a never ending number of wild cultural activities open to every visitor.


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