BILBAO: CITY OF EVENTS AND BASQUE IDENTITY - Bilbao experiential visit and challenge workshop

Participants at the UNIC CityLabs Festival had the opportunity to enjoy an experiential visit to Bilbao┬┤s Sports Center to play "Cesta Punta", a traditional sport of the Basque Country which is closely related to the Basque identity. After the experiential visit, participants were part of a challenge workshop, in collaboration with the City Council of Bilbao, to discuss the main challenge of the XX1st Century Post-Industrial UNIC cities, sharing experiences, examples and lessons learned from each city in regard to cultural identity.

Venue

Experiential visit at Bilbao and Challenge workshop at the University of DeustoCultural events have enhanced the international positioning of Bilbao. Furthermore, they contribute to the promotion of the cultural Basque identity. Rural sports, pelota vasca, music concerts, bertsolaris contests or Euskal Dantzak are an example. The conversation in the workshop will revolve around the different co-habitat identities within the societies in UNIC cities and their cultural expressions in events.

Date

Start: 26.04.2023
End: 26.04.2023

Partners

Bilbao City Council

Cultural events have enhanced the international positioning of Bilbao. Furthermore, they contribute to the promotion of the cultural Basque identity. Rural sports, pelota vasca, music concerts, bertsolaris contests or Euskal Dantzak are an example. The conversation in the workshop will revolve around the different co-habitat identities within the societies in UNIC cities and their cultural expressions in events.

There were two sessions,one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Total participants, in the morning and in the afternoon:

  • 33 academic staff
  • 24 administrative staff
  • 7 city representatives
  • 4 students
  • 1 Rector
  • 1 city stakeholder

Total number of participants: 70

In a globalized context, cultural identity is another challenge for post-industrial cities in the 21st century. Participants had the opportunity to attend to a "Cesta Pelota" class, not only to understand what this sport is about and its relationship with Basque identity, but also to participate alongside professional players in this sport. After the experiential visit, participants attended a challenge workshop to discuss the common challenges to UNIC post-industrial cities in terms of cultural identity.

Tags

UNIC CityLabs

Themes

Culture

Type of Case

Festival

Languages

English

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