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Europa bat-batean has blossomed succesfully in spring

After seven intense days, the performances of spring have come to an end. The intercultural magic spread in Bilbao, Hernani, San Sebastián-Donostia, Pamplona, Markina-Xemein, Ustaritz and Aramaio has conquered both the public as well as the improvisers themselves.

Improvisers from Sardinia, Kurdistan, Catalonia and the Basque Country have sung in the tour organized by Mintzola Ahozko Lantegia and Donostia/San Sebastián 2016 European Capital of Culture, within the proyect Europa bat-batean World Improvised Verse Singing Meeting. The tour has been held in different locations of the Basque Country (Bilbao, Hernani, San Sebastián-Donostia, Pamplona, Markina-Xemein, Ustaritz and Aramaio), from 16th to 23rd April. 

The improvisers Paola Dentoni and Simone Monni along with the accompanying voices Stefano Cara and Michele Deiana have participated in representation of Sardinia; Zinar Ala has come from Kurdistan to show their improvised verse singing art; and we have also listened to the corrandistes Anaís Falcó and Christian Simelio with the musician Gerard Díaz, and the glosadors Mireia Mena and Ferriol Macip with the musician Marcel Marimon, all of them from Catalonia. They have been performing together with the improvisers from the Basque Country, the bertsolaris Ane Labaka, Igor Elortza, Arrate Illaro, Maialen Lujanbio, Oihana Bartra, Sustrai Colina, Julio Soto, Miren Amuriza, Jon Martin, Nerea Ibarzabal, Maddi Sarasua, Miren Artetxe, Beñat Gaztelumendi y Xabi Igoa.

Besides, and in order to follow the dialogue among the improvisers, interpreters and translators have been attending the performances too: Maddalen Arzallus, Irati Majuelo, Miren Ibarluzea, Karlos Aizpurua from the Basque Country and the interpreter Renato Capocchia from Sardinia have carried out a magnificent work. Maite Berriozabal, Haritz Casabal and Iker Iriarte have conducted the performances. 

The cultural mixture has resulted in a magic atmosphere which has thrilled the audience as well as the improvisers. The musicality of the cantadoris from Sardinia, the sensitivity of the dengbêj from Kurdistan, the good vibes provoked by the corrandistes and glosadors from the Catalan Countries and the creativity of the bertsolaris from The Basque Country; the combination has been impressive. 

These performances have been a warm-up event for the meeting organized from 11th to 16th July in Donostia-San Sebastián. On that occasion there will be  academic conferences within UPV/EHU Summer Courses in the morning and performances in different locations of the city in the evening.