This trip will be focused on an encounter with local Basque culture, as mediated by the visual and culinary arts. Engaged dialogue with the people of San Sebastian will be sought, as we enconter different people along the way. This connection with San Sebastian (pronounced by the Basque people as “Donostia”) will delve into an intersection of natural and manmade environments, revealing elements of Basque history and how this has nourished the present-day region.
The experiences on this varied journey will be both visual and haptic, rooted in the sculptural elements that are found in nature, food, art and architecture. We are particularly privileged to be spending time with Luis Chillida, the son of the celebrated sculptor Eduardo Chillida, at their exquisite estate. Further personal insights will follow when we see the artist Jorge Oteiza’s rural home, which doubles as a museum.
We will delve into the local food scene, for which San Sebastian is renowned. A workshop with local chefs will give a detailed introduction to Basque historical gastronomic societies. Beach walks and river strolls will frame our visits to multiple public art venues defined by their architecture, and unique perspectives on contemporary art in San Sebastian’s lively scene will be enabled through interactive tours with students and experts.
This kaleidoscopic trip is for people with an affinity for history and politics, and for those who are interested in Basque food, art and architecture. This trip is for people who seek out connections between nature and culture, past and present, food and art. As our translated title suggests, you should be excited by dialogue and communication with new cultures.
San Sebastian is a city of many faces and moods: of warm sunshine and torrential showers. A mix of lifestyles awaits you as our beachside resort offers both luxury and laid-back barefoot surfers. We will gain an insight into to a society that proudly blends sophistication with hospitality, as well as theoretical and practical knowledge of historical regional food and high-end cooking. This is a chance to delve into Basque culture via the regional perspective of local people. We will experience inner and outer contentment, as we eat food, see art and walk amidst unique buildings. Have the chance to analyse a contemporary culture via excursions into the past. Share time, experiences and thoughts with locals and make new friends from around the world, broadening your horizons regarding cultural destinations and the way they can be experienced. Glimpse an individual culture that is unique within a wider country.
• Accommodation in a private house, or in a boutique hotel
• All transport during the official program on-site
• Sightseeing, guided tours, private talks, personal meetings, workshops, entry fees and art mediation
• The services of group moderator, concept and reader