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(Español) Bilbao será una de las sedes de la iniciativa a favor del cortometraje “EL DÍA MÁS CORTO” que se celebra este fin de semana en ciudades de todo el mundo

(Español) EL DIA MÁS CORTO [ED+C] es un evento internacional cuyo objetivo principal es reivindicar el cortometraje. El Área de Cultura del Ayuntamiento de Bilbao y los festivales Zinebi y FANT, junto con el catálogo de Kimuak, han querido sumarse a la iniciativa, con la organización por segundo año consecutivo, de una gran fiesta del cortometraje vasco, que en el caso de Bilbao, se celebrará durante este fin de semana, y hasta el día 23, y que incluye la proyección de una treintena de trabajos, además de música y el encuentro con directores de los cortos seleccionados. Read more

Bilbao, HQ of Pandion Partners International Network

The centralization of activities of Pandion Partners in Bilbao will turn our city into the core of this network, generating a flow of international relations in the field of mergers and acquisitions, which will contribute to enhancing the strategic sector of advanced services to companies and also to consolidating the international image of the city.
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Years & Years will perfom at Bilbao BBK Lives’ next edition

We know we only just confirmed WAS a few days ago, but we are already back to announce yet another new act for next years Bilbao BBK Live line-up. British band Years & Years are this year’s worldwide sensation and it’s all thanks to their single, ‘King’. Read more

Final approval of the Zorrotzaurre Replotting Project

Bilbao City Council goes a step further in urban rehabilitation of Zorrotzaurre and meets a new milestone with the final approval of the Replotting Project of Implementation Unit 1 of the Integrated Action 1, in the Joint Area of Zorrotzaurre.
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Juan Mari Aburto, Mayor of Bilbao, has opened the doors of the City Hall to the consular corps of the villa

The Mayor of Bilbao has offered a reception to the Consular Corps accredited in the Villa, an institution with a long history representing over forty countries. At this first meeting, the Mayor has asked the Consuls to behave as Bilbao-born citizens in the countries they represent. Read more

Messages off the Wall Posters in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Collection (1886-1975)

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Messages off the Wall: Posters in the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Collection (1886-1975) is to feature more than two hundred works from the Museum’s large, but little known collection of old posters. Selecting the posters for the show is Mikel Bilbao Salsidua, professor at the Department of Art History and Music at the UPV, the University of the Basque Country. Read more

Athletic Club summons its “team of chefs”, formed by a cast of the best chefs in Biscay.

Daniel Garcia, Eneko Atxa, Fernando Canales ,Jabier Gartzia, Josean Alija, José Miguel Olazabalaga and Zuriñe García form the team of chefs that aims to turn San Mamés also into the gastronomic cathedral.
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Making Africa – A Continent of Contemporary Design

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao • October 30, 2015–February 21, 2016

The exhibition sheds new light on Africa through the work of 120 contemporary artists and designers, who illustrate how design accompanies and drives political, economic, social, cultural, and technological change on the continent.
Divided into four parts, the show addresses western preconceptions of Africa, explores design as an effective tool to portray social and cultural developments, analyzes the individual and his immediate environment—the city, and explores contemporary African culture and its roots. Read more

Representatives of the Governments of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have visited Bilbao, accompanied by members of the Asian Development Bank

Representatives of the governments of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, as well as responsible people of the Asian Development Bank, have visited Bilbao to know the flagship projects of the transformation and urban development process experienced by the city in the past three decades. Read more

The shadow of the buril is extended. Lucas Van Leyden in the Mariano Moret collection

Prints selected for this exhibition reveal van Leyden’s elegant line, the stunning finesse of his work with the burin, his love of detail and his virtuosity in capturing the qualities and textures of objects and fabrics, characteristics common to artists of the northern schools. Read more

A business delegation of the Japanese region of Kansai is visiting Bilbao

Bilbao has been chosen by the association Kansai Productivity Center as an example of creative city, within its program ‘Redesigning business’, which aims that managers and directives of its affiliated companies know some of the main examples of transformation under way in the world.
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Alex Katz. This is Now

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao • 2015eko urriak 23–2016ko otsailak 7

The exhibition features 35 landscapes in which Katz utilizes a “grammar of abstraction,” which includes the expansive allover treatment of his canvases, to capture what he calls “the present tense,” or the simultaneity of vision and awareness. Katz describes this moment as an explosive “flash” just before an image comes into focus. Read more

The Basque Government and Bilbao City Council launch the bridge linking San Ignacio with Zorrotzaurre

The main construction material is steel. The sidewalks will have a synthetic grey wood flooring and the bycicle lane will be made with a reddish microagglomeration. For general lighting two columns, 12 metres each, have been desgined, located on both sides of the bridge. In addition,a specific lighting for the arches has been planned. Read more

Bilbao City Council and Bizcay Provincial Council have launched “Bilbao Bizkaia Film Commission”, a forward-looking strategic plan for attracting and managing film shooting

“Bilbao Bizkaia Film Commission” acts as an international “one-stop shop” for local, national and international projects interested in filming in Bilbao and Bizkaia. The producers receive all the information on tax incentives, measures to support production, legal procedures, management of public spaces use, traffic and safety permits, locations and audiovisual industry in a personalized and direct way. Read more

Delegations from China, Great Britain, South Korea and Denmark are visiting Bilbao this week

Delegations from China, Great Britain, South Korea and Denmark, interested in the experience of Bilbao in several areas such as health, architecture and urban regeneration, are visiting the city this week. Bilbao’s transformation continues to be attractive internationally and is demonstrated by the fifty delegates from these countries participating in these visits.
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The Mayor of Bilbao welcomes the Ambassador of Peru

The Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, has received the Ambassador of Peru, Rafael Roncagliolo Orbegoso, this morning in his office, in a courtesy which will strengthen ties between Bilbao City Council and the South American country.
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The Mayor of Bilbao welcomes the Mayor of the capital of Mauritania

The Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, has received Maty Mint Hamady, Mayor of Nouakchott, capital of Mauritania, this morning in his office, a courtesy that is part of the current phase of strengthening international contacts undertaken by the Local Government in order to make Bilbao the engine of investment and tourism.
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Pixies, first headline of the Bilbao BBK Live 2016

Pixies, one of the most influential American and European indie rock bands , is the first confirmed headline for the XI edition of the Bilbao BBK Live Festival 2016, to be held on July 7, 8 and 9 in Kobetamendi. The performance will be the only that this historic Boston band will offer in the state next year.
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Biscayan chef Paul Ibarra will represent Basque Country in the prestigious Bocuse d’Or

Paul Ibarra and 15 more chefs will face each other on November 27 and 28 in Valladolid to decide who will represent Spain in the prestigious and demanding culinary competition Bocuse d’Or Europe, to be held on May 10 and 11 2016 in Budapest (Hungary). Read more

Japanese entrepreneurs, academics and architects find out about the transformation of Bilbao

Bilbao has been chosen by the association Hasekura 2.0 and JEUPISTE as an example of creative city, within the knowledge-sharing initiatives carried out so that businessmen, academics and institutional leaders from Japan find out about the main examples of transformation that are being carried out in the world. Read more

Countdown to the 2016 Junior Badminton World Championship

The “countdown” to the celebration of the 2016 Junior Badminton World Championship in Bilbao has begun. The City Council has approved today, in the Governing Board, the Framework Agreement for Cooperation between the council and the Spanish Federation of Badminton, a prerequisite for starting the necessary preparations to build a sports event with international projection , to be held in Bilbao in October and November 2016. Read more

AzPlay 2015. VI International Festival of Independent Games

Azkuna Zentroa. From November 26, 2015 to December 1, 2015

AzPlay (previously hóPLAY) has become consolidated as an international reference for the promotion of new works, and has granted awards every year to the most original, most creative and innovative independent videogames at the time. Over 500 projects from the 5 continents have been received in these 6 years and over 175,000 euros in awards have been given out. Read more

Italian design focuses the Industries & Design ” day as part of Dweek 2015

With the aim of bringing knowledge and international best practices in industrial design to our city and to the Territory, the conference will focus on innovation in product development and in particular the applicability of new materials, and, among other things, it will deepen the experience of two referent Italian companies to discuss combining design-material, such as Cassina and Oikos. Read more

M83 to play Bilbao BBK Live 2016

M83 has gained popularity internationally after the release of the Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts, which Pitchfork or NME defined as the bad in 2003. The band would later become major after ‘Midnight City’ (2011) was nominated to a Grammy as Best Indie Abum of the year.
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At the conference, current and future projects such as the Design Driven City program, which promotes the use of design in urban environments and the public sector in order to contribute to simpler, more livable and human cities. Read more

The Mayor of Bilbao welcomes the Ambassador of South Africa

The Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, continues his busy schedule of international contacts, which today has included a meeting with the Ambassador of South Africa, Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, who has attended the meeting accompanied by South African Consul in Bilbao, Carlos Lerchundi.
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Design professionals from across Europe, to share experiences in Bilbao

Graphic design professionals have an unavoidable event in Bilbao this weekend. On November 27-28, Azkuna Zentroa welcomes Selected From Bilbao-2015, an event that will bring together experts from across Europe working in the world of graphic design and visual inspiration. Read more

Europe in the spotlight

The Institute for Democratic Governance “Globernance” and The London School of Economics and Political Science announce the second edition of the International Congress “Bilbao European Encounters” to be be held on November 30 and December 1, with the participation of political experts, lawyers, philosophers , economists and scientists who will address topical issues on democracy, social justice, immigration, culture and economic development.
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New order to join Bilbao BBK Live 2016 line up

The iconic 80s band will present their new album, Music Complete, after making a Sold Out record in their current Autumn tour in Europe. Read more

Bilbao Mendi Film Festival 2015

This morning the eighth edition of Bilbao Mendi Film Festival, Mountain Film festival and adventure sports, to be held in Bilbao on December 11-20, has been presented.
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The Mayor of Bilbao welcomes a business and institutional delegation led by the ambassador of Denmark

The Mayor of Bilbao has received this morning at the City Hall the new Danish Ambassador John Nielsen, who has come to the meeting with a delegation of directors and representatives of Danish companies with economic interests in the Basque Country and the State, who are visiting Bilbao to find out about its process of urban transformation and strategies in the field of economy, transport and quality of life.
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The Mayor of Bilbao will participate in the meeting of the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments in the Climate Summit in Paris

The Mayor of Bilbao will participate in Paris at the meeting of the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the largest organization of local and regional governments internationally, and which Bilbao is a member of since 2013. Read more

Reception to the Mayor of the French city of Lourdes

The Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, has received the Mayor of Lourdes, Bourdeu Josette, this morning at City Hall. She leads a local delegation of 25 people, interested in learning about the actions carried out in different neighbourhoods of the city on accessibility, pedestrian and urban improvement. Read more

Hot Chip to join the Bilbao BBK Live 2016 line up

(Español) Hot Chip, una de las bandas más innovadoras en la fusión de música pop y dance, actuará en la XI edición del Festival Bilbao BBK Live 2016, que se celebará los días 7, 8 y 9 de julio. La banda británica presentará su último disco, ‘Why Make Sense?’, que les ha consagrado como referencia internacional de música electrónica. Hot Chip comparte cartel con otros artistas ya confirmados como Pixies, New Order y M83, entre otros.
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Bilbao will be one of the vice presidents of the Committee on Culture of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)

The World Council is the largest organization of local and regional governments worldwide, which has brought together more than 500 local representatives around the world to discuss some of the most important global issues for the political agenda of local governments internationally.
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(Español) Los 39 artistas becados este año muestran sus proyectos en Bilbao Arte del 4 al 18 de diciembre

(Español) Todas las salas, talleres y rincones del centro artístico bilbaíno se llenarán de los 37 proyectos artísticos de los 39 creadores que han desarrollado una beca de residencia artística desde el pasado enero. A éstos se suman los 12 artistas que han participado en programas de intercambio en centros artísticos de Bregenz (Austria), Leeds (Inglaterra) o París. Las Jornadas de Puertas Abiertas se inauguran hoy a las 7 de la tarde. Read more


(Español) A través de la página web del Ayuntamiento de Bilbao (, de los medios colaboradores y de forma presencial en el Edificio Terminus el público tendrá la oportunidad de elegir el cartel ganador de los Carnavales de Bilbao 2016. Read more

Art After Dark: Scuba + DJV Sound

(Español) Desde 2003, Paul Rose -más conocido en el mundo como “Scuba”-, creador de la discográfica Hotflush, ha sido una de las figuras fundamentales de la escena electrónica bass-heavy. Como DJ y productor, sus logros le han situado entre los talentos más importantes de la música electrónica del Reino Unido. Read more

(Español) El Alcalde de Bilbao da su apoyo a San Sebastián 2016, Capital Europea de la Cultura

(Español) A pocos días de que comience el año en el que Donostia/San Sebastián será Capital Europea de la Cultura, el director general de DSS2016EU, Pablo Berástegui, y el director del programa cultural de San Sebastián 2016, Xabier Paya, han presentado el programa oficial en el Atrio de las Culturas de Azkuna Zentroa, acompañados por el alcalde de San Sebastián, Eneko Goia, y el de Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto.
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