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San Sebastián is the European Capital of Culture 2016

 Celebration of the European Capital of Culture, San Sebastián 2016 © Donostia / San Sebastián 2016

San Sebastián is the European Capital of Culture 2016

A year of cultural activities under the heading “Culture for coexistence”. This is how San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa, Basque Country) celebrates being the 2016 European Capital of Culture, a distinction it shares with the Polish city of Breslau.

The programme revolves around the idea of culture as a tool to improve harmonious coexistence and encourage dialogue and cultural innovation in Europe. In view of this, the activities are mainly geared towards participation and are aimed at bringing culture out into the streets.

A cultural 2016 that follows the beam of three lighthouses: the lighthouse of peace, which features ideas that foster respect between peoples and the values of harmonious coexistence inside and outside borders; the lighthouse of life, with initiatives to soothe the stress and frantic pace of urban life and help humanise our daily existence; and the lighthouse of voices, which aims to be a mouthpiece for disciplines like film, theatre, literature and the plastic arts and their capacity to inspire emotion. And all infused with the spirit of exchange and participation.

Waves of energy for participation

San Sebastián 2016 launches a programme of financial aid to encourage non-profit initiatives by private citizens and organisations. Projects will be selected each month to receive a grant of €2016.

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Cultural initiatives and activities:

Calendar

A concert by the Scottish Chamber Orchestra with the Orfeón Donostiarra (San Sebastián Choral Society), in the 74th San Sebastián Music Fortnight © Quincena Musical de San Sebastián

Aug 1, 2019 to Aug 31, 2019

Festival

Auditorio Kursaal - San Sebastián

San Sebastián Music Fortnight

The actor Ricardo Darin receiving the Donostia Award during the 2017 San Sebastián International Film Festival © Montse Castillo

Sep 20, 2019 to Sep 28, 2019

Festival

Auditorio Kursaal - San Sebastián

San Sebastián International Film Festival

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Aug 10, 2019 to Aug 17, 2019

San Sebastián

Grand Week (Semana Grande)

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Jul 24, 2019 to Jul 28, 2019

Festival

Auditorio Kursaal - San Sebastián

San Sebastián International Jazz Festival. Jazzaldía

San Sebastián
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