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London Basque Diaspora (LBD) is a collective of Basque artists, photographers, composers, performers and film-makers who work and live in London or have a connection with Basque culture.

LBD presents BASKFEST, on June 3-5 2016 at The Hive, Dalston: https://hivedalston.wordpress.com/baskfest-basque-festival-june-3-5/

Baskfest is a San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture three-day festival exploring the unique traditions of Basque culture via contemporary artistic practices including film & video installation, music, visual arts, dance, performance, photography and gastronomy.

This free weekend event will celebrate the fascinating richness of Basque culture and aims to strike a dialogue about identity, co-existence and interconnectivity.

As part of the San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture programme, the festival brings together both Basque artists who work and live in London and artists associated with Basque culture, offering a unique insight from the diaspora and their associates through a collective ambition and unified vision.

An evening of live performances and art opens the festival on Friday June 3rd. Visitors will be offered the Baskfest pintxo – designed by Arzak, the Michelin starred Basque chef.

Saturday, the exhibition will be open throughout the day segwaying into an evening of live music (experimental folk and electro-pop) and DJing alongside a drawing performance and a further opportunity to sample the ‘Baskfest cuisine’.

Sunday focuses on the Txalaparta instrument (Basque percussion), featuring a workshop followed by screenings of the multi-award winning film documentaries ‘’Nomadak’’ directed by Raúl de la Fuente and ‘’Mugaritz’’ by Juantxo Sardon.

Expect unique, unconventional, thought-provoking yet fun performances by dancers Igor and Moreno; music by composers and songwriters Isa Suarez, Iñigo Ugarteburu and Felipe Ugarte; art by Arantxa Echarte and Juanan Eguiguren amongst many more.

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