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7-10 Sep. 2016


San-in Boys and Girls Chorus Little Phenix

Miyagi Sanjo OG Choir

Clair Choir

Orfeon Txiki (San Sebastian)


7 Sep.  Arrival in San Sebastian

8 Sep.  Concert at Donostia hospital

9 Sep.  Rehearsal at Santa Maria,

     International Youth Concert at Basilica Santa Maria,Formal reception in San Telmo Museum

10 Sep. Free time with Host Families




26 Oct. -27 Nov. 2016



Cooperation :

William Forsythe


This year saw the 18th of the photography project European Eyes on Japan – Japan Today. Insightful photographer Jon Cazenave, from San Sebastian, Spain, host of this year’s European Capital of Culture, visited Kagawa prefecture. Supported by Tetsuya Ogasawara of local gallery Book Marute and many others, he spent a month there producing work.

Handmade Japanese paper, sunlight photographs made by waves on the Seto inland sea, and such experimental approaches as new techniques using screenshots from Google Maps both depict the here and now of Kagawa prefecture and question everything viewing the shared roots of human beings spanning race, religion and national borders at the outset of a search for the identity of his own Basque homeland. Shown with the assistance of Getxo Photo, which holds annual photography exhibitions in the port town of Getxo outside San Sebastian, their exhibition attracted considerable attention in photography circles around the world.

Photo shooting 

21 Feb.- 30 Mar. 2016

Photo shooting Location

Kagawa pref.


1 Sep. -2 Oct. 2016


Gexo Photo Festival(Spain)


Mikiko Kikuta 


Jon Cazenave (Spain)

Lucaz Rusznica (Poland)


Three up-and-coming Japanese photographers in pursuit of the essence of photography

The tenth edition of GETXOPHOTO took place from September 1st to October 2nd 2016 and it was structured in two large sections: exhibitions and activities. True to the impeccable standards of Jokin Aspuru (curator and director), all the works that comprise the artistic programming of this edition, in addition to the original thematic richness they cover, have the virtue of reflecting the broad spectrum of genres and photographic styles that are practiced today. This edition has been a meeting point among public in general, photography amateurs and professionals. The 20 free of charge exhibitions included three Japanese photographers' ones and mainly concentrated in public spaces in the city for the whole month. In addition to this, many educational activities were organized, and we can say that the activities program has been a great success.

Begihandi Kultur Elkartea, the creative association behind the festival, is very satisfied with the way the latest edition of GETXOPHOTO went. The quality of the programming, the ever-increasing numbers of spectators, the excellent reception afforded the activities (guided tours, children’s programme, workshops, encounters...) and the thousands of visits to the web page all lead the organization to rate this edition as the most satisfactory held to date. The figures are eloquent: we estimate that the installations outdoors were visited by over 70,000 people, while those indoors were viewed by more than 15,000.

Written by Jokin Aspuru (curator and director)


1 Sep. -2 Oct. 2016


Getxo, Spain

Japanese photographers:

Manabu Yamanaka, Chino Otsuka, Ken Kitano

Other participants:

Irina Werning, Bohnchang Koo, Amit Sha’al, Jérémie Nassif, Amy Friend, Eulalia Abaitua, Carlos Ayesta & Guillaume Bression, Matthew Pillsbury, Rachel Sussman, Mark Formanek, Kris Sanford, Daesung Lee, Ori Gersht, Michael Wesely, Luce Lebart, Anna Katharina Scheidegger

Japan-related programmes:

  • Exhibition: Gyahtei by Manabu Yamanaka
    Date: 1 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2016
  • Exhibition: Imagine finding me by Chino Otsuka
    Date:  1 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2016
  • Exhibition: Our Face by Ken Kitano 
    Date: 1 Sep. to 2 Oct. 2016

Basque and Japanese researchers discuss the roles of traditional culture and sports in international society

Olympic Games are the brainchild of current globalization. The countries’ international prestige is at stake in the swimming pools, running tracks and football pitches. The games are the field test of greater geopolitical agendas: a good medal count is the best credit a ruler can get.

Far from the sport event, the exchange between East and West has enriched both sides. Europe gets a glimpse of a new philosophy that, under the influence of eastern thought can unite western mind and body in a radical manner. The Far East in turn, can find in the permanence of European traditional games a vital essence, a local identity that inspires a new way of doing things, a new model in which they may project their own conviviality.

Written by Professor Joseba Etxebeste Otegi


5 Sep. 2016


Miramar Palace           

Japanese participant:

Pr.Kazuyuki TAKETANI. University of foreign studies of KOBE
Pr.Hironori FUNAI. Institute of sporting culture of XXI century
Pr. Osamu NISHITANI RIKKYO University. Tokio

Other participant:

Pr. Joseba Etxebeste Otegi, University of Basque Country (EHU-UPV)
Pr. Jesús Mari, Ilundain-Agurruza Linfield College (USA)
Pr. Pere Lavega Burgués, National Institute of Physical Education of Catalunya (INEFC- LLEIDA)
Pr. Axier Oiarbide Goikoetxea, University of Basque Country (EHU-UPV)
Pr. Estibaliz Romaratezabala Aldasoro, University of Basque Country (EHU-UPV)


The concept: “At play with the Earth!” The Japanese temple fair was the theme for presentation of Japanese music, dance, film, recreation and culinary culture

The 2nd edition of CINEMA CARAVAN held at San Sebastian aimed to provide visitors of all ages, a comprehensive cultural and artistic experience through five senses. This  was  successful  through programs which included film shows, exhibitions, music and dance performances in a space created with contemporary interpretation of traditional Japanese “en-nichi” festival with food stalls, as well as several related programs; director’s talk and Japanese food workshops.

The project put importance to cultural and  artistic  exchanges. Thorough collaboration with Japanese, European and local artists in variety of fields, we have deeper understandings and stronger ties, and we expect continuous collaborations with CINEMA CARAVAN.

Written by Oihana Orcajo


16-25 Sep. 2016


Plaza de la Trinidad and Sociedad Gastronomica

Japanese participants:

Rai Shizuno, Gen Nagashima, Michinori Maru, Kaori Ishii, Masaya Kobayashi, Naohiro Ito, Keita Yamada, Sano  Tatsuya,  Kazuaki Komiya, Kurando Shoji, Segi Satoru, Makoto Yokota, Ryuta Iwaii, Hisako Yazawa, Yuusuke Saito, Ayumi Kojima, Michiko Shizuno, Sonoko Inoue, Erica Endo, Ryuji Hirata, Naoki Kasahara, Akemi Kuribayashi, Mariya Tabe, Yukie Yamada, Natsuko Morita, Akira Okura

Other participants:

Nicolai Fedder (NL), Eneko Sierra (ES), Itziar Orbegozo (ES), Iñaki López Allende (ES), Inés García (ES), María Berazadi (ES),  Iona Lake (ES), Luc Rolland (FR), Javier Sarria (ES), Javi Pez (ES), Penélope Cerezo (ES)


 Date  Programme  Artist
 16 Sep. 2016  Live performance  ―
 17 Sep. 2016  Live music and video performance
 with basque guest
 Las Marines DJs (Inés García, María  Berazadi), DJ Iñaki  Lopez Allende
 18 Sep. 2016  Free Japanese food tasting
 Music and dance performance
 Video performance 
 Gen Nagashima and Tatsuya Sano
 DJ Penelope Cerezo
 19 Sep. 2016  Free Japanese food tasting
 IKKON NO KEIFU film and director talk
 Kaori Ishii
 20 Sep. 2016  HITONIGIRI NO SHIO film and director talk  Kaori Ishii
 21 Sep. 2016  Fashion film
 Itziar Orbegozo in collaboration with Iona  Lake
 Kazuaki Komiya
 22 Sep. 2016

 Music performance

 Naohiro Ito, Gen Nagashima, Nicolai Fedder  and Eneko  Sierra
 23 Sep. 2016  Surf art
 Snowboard-Surf-Skate Short movies
 Music performance
 Luc Rolland
 Naohiro Ito, Nicolai Fedder
 24 Sep. 2016  Tokyo Tribe film
 Live music and video performance
 25 Sep. 2016  Cinema Caravan all star performance  ―

The flowering silhouette tradition speaking to our times

The Kakazhiza performance “Hands shadows animare” is a light and shadows performance that creates and brings to life animals, and other characters. I had a chance to appreciate their performance for the first time in 2013 during my research trip to Japan. This year, It was a great honor to invite Kakashiza and  a master on shadow puppet theatre Mr. Goto to the World Puppet Festival 2016 that were not easy to achieve unless in an opportunity such a Europe Capital of Culture.

It was a very interesting performance as the artist have a very high artistic level and they not only play, but also show to the audience how they did it, so the performance was very entertaining and educational at the same time.

Written by: Idoya Otegui (Festival Director)

Festival Date:

28 May to 5 Jun. 2016

Kakashiza's performance date:

2 Jun. 2016


Teatro Principal

Japanese participant:

Shadow Play Theatre KAKASHIZA


Hand Shadows ANIMATE

Participants from other countries:

Marionetteatern – Sweden / El Espejo Negro – Spain / Lichtbende Theatre – Netherlands / Shobei Tamaya & Karakuri Ningyo - Japan / ASSITEJ & Speeljtheater – Southafrica / La Enananaranja – Spain / Puppets Lab – Bulgaria / La Licorne – Francia / La Fontana Sombras Animadas – Portugal / Hand Made Theatre – Spain / Unterwaser – Italy / Tol Theatre – Belgium / Laura Heitt – U.S.A. / Wild Theatre – Autriche / S.A: Marionetas – Portugal / Creature – France / Titiriteros de Binefar – Spain / Marcelo Lafontana – Brasil / Roberto White – Argentina / Markeliñe – Spain

Related program:

  • World Puppet & UNIMA Congress 2016
    Date: 28 May to 5 Jun. 2016
    Venue: San Sebastian, Tolosa

Linking Japan and the Basque region: Artist exchanges with view to long-term relationships

From the Organizer:

The International Residency programme is one of the cores of the Artist's Space. The aim of Artist's Space is to provide artists and cultural agents resources for the development of artistic projects. These resources include working studios, technical equipment, an international residency programme, as well as a programme for supporting practices and enhancing their visibility. 

Curatorship is one of the core lines of the Artist’s Space. Around this matter we organize different activities such as a curatorial programme and a residency for curators. In our first curatorship curatorial open call, the resident spent one month in Tabakalera where she met few local and national artists and agents in order to develop a show exhibition in our exhibition halls by the end of 2016 .

In this sense, we want to make a residency exchanges with other institutions and initiatives. For this application we would like to begin and exchange between AIT and Tabakalera . This residency will provide time, conditions and space to work and know other contexts . A Basque curator will visit Tokyo for 4 weeks and a Japanese artist will visit San Sebastian, the proposal is that they spend together half of the residency in each country so they can meet spaces and agents hosted by the local curator.

Finally Tabakalera offers a project room where both artists can co-curate a project cycle during 2017, this cycle will show four site specific projects: two by Japanese artists and two by Basque artists.


28 Nov.- 25 Dec. 2016 ( Maki Nishida )

4 Dec.- 31 Dec. 2016 ( Haizea Barcenilla )



Participating artists:

Maki Nishida 

Haizea Barcenilla


Tabakalera ( Maki Nishida )

Art Initiative Tokyo (AIT) ( Haizea Barcenilla )


Dream joint performance by Hosokawa and Märkl: The world of trumpet concerto and orchestra

From the Organizer:

The Basque National Orchestra will perform pieces by Toshio Hosokawa on season 2016-2017 with the purpose also to make a CD for the world’s leading classical music label NAXOS. The conductor will be its principal conductor Mr. Jun Märkl who in 2014 presented two Hosokawa discs with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Naxos). Born in Munich, his German father was a distinguished Concertmaster and his Japanese mother a solo pianist. Märkl studied violin, piano and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Hannover, studying with Celibidache in Munich and with Gustav Meier in Michigan. In 1986 he won the conducting competition of the Deutsche Musikrat and a year later won a scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with Bernstein and Ozawa. He is now playing an active role in the international music world.


13-17 Dec. 2016


Kursaal (San Sebastian)


Basque National Orchestra

Japanese artists:

Toshio Hosokawa (composer) and Jun Märkl (conductor)


The melody of peace from Hiroshima long awaited by the Basque people

From the Organizer:

"Peace Treaty” is one of the main projects of San Sebastian 2016. This exhibition, focusing on peace, has great significance for the Basque country because there was a conflict for the sake of regional independence for more than 40 years. Four radiated watches, which stopped at 8:15 due to the bombing, are exhibited in cooperation with Hiroshima Peace Memorial Site for this special occasion. As part of this project, San Sebastian invited young and professional music group "ATOWA" from Hiroshima, where enormous attention has recently been drawn by President Obama’s official visit. Their music can be delivered to the world with a message of peace.


5 Jul. 2016


San Telmo Museum


ATOWA: Koto (Kagura flute), Tomoko Kihara (Koto), Sayaka Tubokita (main pianist and composer), Shiho Nakagawa (soprano)

Related program:

  • ATOWA concert
    Date: 6 Jul. 2016
    Venue: Japan EXPO (Paris)

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