FESTIVALS

AZKENA ROCK FESTIVAL (ARF)

Music festival held every year since 2002 in Vitoria-Gasteiz and which has counted on the presence of bands of the like of Pearl Jam, Wilco and Deep Purple. www.azkenarockfestival.com

BILBOKO KALEALDIA

Is the festival of street theatre and art. It is held in Bilbao every year in July and fills the city with colour and performances of all types. www.bilbokokalealdia.com

VITORIA-GASTEIZ JAZZ FESTIVAL

Since 1977 this great jazz event has become one of the most important events of its kind in the world. Held each year in July, it has been visited by the great legends of jazz including Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Paco de Lucía and Wynton Marsalis. www.jazzvitoria.com

HEINEKEN JAZZALDIA FESTIVAL OF JAZZ IN DONOSTIA

The Donostiako Jazzaldia Award given by the festival since 1994 has become a reference for determining who to follow in the world of jazz. Artists taking part in the festival are of the ilk of Ray Davies, Bobby McFerrin, Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke and George Clinton. www.heinekenjazzaldia.com

GETXO JAZZ

Every year, Getxo Jazz attracts more than ten thousand people who come to listen to jazz in a seafaring town of singular beauty, in the Old Port of Algorta de Getxo. www.getxo.net/es/getxo-jazz

THE SAN SEBASTIÁN MUSICAL FORTNIGHT

Is a festival of classical music held since 1939 in the capital of San Sebastián during the summer. It has offered performances by symphony orchestras including the Berlin, London and Scala de Milan Orchestras. Soloists include Plácido Domingo, Alfredo Kraus, Luciano Pavarotti, Jessye Norman and Montserrat Caballé, and stage directors such as Lindsay Kemp and David Ritch. www.quincenamusical.com

HONDARRIBIA BLUES FESTIVAL

Every year for four days in the summer, Hondarribia turns into the world Blues capital with performances from the great masters and as yet undiscovered talent. www.blueshondarribia.com

SAN SEBASTIÁN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Not-to-be-missed by film-lovers, this is a festival of reference all over the world thanks to the quality of the prize-winning works, the glamour and the famous faces among the prizewinners: Bette Davis, Catherine Deneuve and Carmen Maura, and many other stars. www.sansebastianfestival.com

ZINEBI INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILMS OF BILBAO

Held each year in Bilbao in November, the event brings together a selection of the best documentary and short films from all over the world. www.zinebi.com

BILBAO BBK LIVE

Pop and rock music festival held every July in Bilbao, bringing together the best of the international music scene. The arena is at Mount Cobetas, perfect for enjoying a young festival with plenty of energy. www.bilbaobbklive.com

SAN SEBASTIÁN HORROR AND FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL

A not-to-be-missed event for lovers of this genre, to find out about up-and-coming films and review the great classics. www.donostiakultura.com

ZINEGOAK

The Bilbao International LGBT Film and Performing Arts Festival taking place in January each year. This is an event about film, arts and culture, but also with a concern for social issues. www.zinegoak.com

GETXOPHOTO

Is a festival dedicated to photography that takes place in Getxo (Bizkaia) and supports the exploration of formats, stands and unconventional exhibition spaces to show the different images, principally public spaces. www.getxophoto.com

TOLOSA CHOIR COMPETITION

The Tolosa Choir Competition has gained consolidation as one of the most important of its kind in the international scene. Its main objective is to unite the best choirs in the world and to spread news of Basque tradition in the fields of music and culture.

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