The recent Basque cultural revival has relied heavily on the arts. Whether through dance, music, singing and visual arts, artists continue to play a vital role in the assertion of Basque Country identity. Basque musicians are a good illustration of this phenomenon. In recent decades, songwriters have returned to singing in the Basque language and created a new repertoire with varied musical influences. A Basque musical renewal movement, launched while the Franco dictatorship was in full swing, allowed Basque music be a part of the mainstream of modern music. Today, dozens of artists are worthy heirs of the movement and participate in the creation of a modern Basque cultural identity by providing sounds ranging from rock, to folk, through to rap, all in euskara.
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THE STEEL SCULPTOR
Sculptor Eduardo Chillidia is one of the most well-known Basque artists of the 20th century. His sculptures have become landmarks in a number of public places both in the Basque Country and beyond. His story is shared with us by his son, Luis Chillida, who met with us in the heart of the “Chillida Leku” (the “Chillida Place”) located on the outskirts of San Sebastiàn.