Witnesses to the Basque culture

The aim of this section is to bring together accounts by Basque artists and cultural players in the form of written interviews.

Lierni Elortza

Lierni Elortza

"In championships bertsolaris (improvisers) will endeavour to achieve perfection"

Johnny Kurutxet, Martin Goikoetxea, Frantxua Bidaurreta

Johnny Kurutxet, Martin Goikoetxea, Frantxua Bidaurreta

"We envisaged there the way we experience Basque culture here"

Mixel Etxekopar

Mixel Etxekopar

"Entering the world of art wasn’t a conscious decision"

Miren Artetxe

Miren Artetxe

"Improvisation should also allow other aspects of culture to develop"

Denis Laborde

Denis Laborde

"I carry within me the pain of being unable to speak Basque"

Odei Barroso

Odei Barroso

"The championship was a slap in the face, but I also learned a lesson"

Maindi Murua, Bixente Luku

Maindi Murua, Bixente Luku

''The championship, a chance to get together''

Joana Itzaina

Joana Itzaina

''Improvisation must remain spontaneous''

Txomin Ezponda

Txomin Ezponda

''Xalbador était pour nous un monument''