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Bertsolaritza

  • Language: Euskera (Basque)
  • Region: Euskal Herria
  • Improviser: Bertsolari
  • Description: This is an improvised art sung in Euskera (Basque) on the basis of rhymes, measures and patterns. The piece sung is called the "bertso" and the person who sings it is called the "bertsolari". It is found in Euskal Herria. Bertsolarism plays a prominent role within the Basque-speaking community: there are many performances of bertsos and bertsolaris differ widely in terms of age, gender, origin and studies. Their transmission channels and performance fields are becoming ever wide and it also enjoys high social prestige.
  • Videos on the Internet: http://www.bertsoa.eus
  • Fact sheet in Kulturartea Mapa