Basque Country Events Agenda March 2016

Regarding traditions & festivities:

  • In Zuia, Alava - Araba, Miniature Pintxo Congress. 3rd Edition of the Small Haute Cuisine. This year hosted countries are Mexico & Japan. From February, 27th to March 2nd.
  • In Sopuerta, Biscay, Pork Butcher's Festival (Chacineria), choosing the best Basque pork butcher and making contests of best Spanish sausage chorizo and best black pudding. On March 6th.
  • Easter is celebrated all over the Basque Country from 29th March to 28th March this year, but these are the best places to see something different:
    • Segura (Gipuzkoa) and Balmaseda (Biscay). These have famous living performance by locals representing the last days of Jesus Christ life from the 1600s. 
    • Bilbao and Vitoria and other smaller towns have traditional parades which take out of the churches images and march in an old traditional penitent dressing (dressing that some foreigners wrongly confuse with Ku Klux Clan costumes)
    • Hondarribia. Religious processions dating back to the begining of the 1600s. On March 25th & 27th
    • In Laudio - Llodio, Alava - Araba, The Traditional "Friday of Sorrows". A festival originally granted by the Christian Catholic Church to the locals to enjoy meat during Easter. Nowadays a lively market to see Basque farmers showing best of their horses, goats, sheeps, cattle, etc. Exhibit of Basque Traditional Sport of stone pulling by oxes. On March 18th.
  • In Ordizia, Gipuzkoa. The Day of the Shepherd. A festival for shepherds and cheese makers. With the presentation of the new cheeses of Idiazabal 2016. More than 200 sheeps will run by the streets of this town and they will show how to shear the sheeps and how to make a good Idiazabal cheese. On March 30th.

Regarding arts and exhibits:

  • In Bilbao, Masterpieces of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. Until April 3rd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz, Selection of Concept Art in the Basque Country (1994 - 1999). Artium Museum. Until May 22nd.
  • In Bilbao, Luis de Morales exhibition. One of the main artists of the Spanish Renaissance, with pieces from Prado Museum in Madrid and other Museums. Museo Bellas Artes de Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. Until May 16th.
  • In Bilbao, Andy Warhol exhibit: "Shadows" (1978 - 1979). Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. Until October 2nd.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. National Symposium on Psyquiatry. House of Congress Europa. From March 2nd to March 5th.
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Event. House of Congress Europa. From March 11th to March 14th
  • In Biarritz. Antiquity Design and Contemporary Art Salon. On March 24th.
Regarding Music and Dance:
  • In Vitoria-Gasteiz. Ballet "Rodin" by Eifman St Petersburg Ballet. On March 15th.
  • In Bilbao. Ballet "Rodin" by Eifman St Petersburg Ballet. Arriaga Theater. On March 18th & 19th.
  • In Bilbao. Concert "Unico" by Antonio Orozco. Arriaga Theater. On March 20th.
  • In San Sebastian. Several activities inside the 2016 European Culture Capital Programm. See the official site:
Regarding sport:

  • In Bilbao 28th International Cycling Tour. 115km lenght and open to all cyclists. On March 13th
  • In Biarritz, French Basque Country. French Championship of Basque Pelota. On March 3rd, 5th, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st.

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