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Different communicative experiences as the focus of the second day of academic seminars

Experts from Cuba, Mexico, the Catalan Countries and the Basque Country have taken part in the second day of academic seminars that are being held at the Miramar Palace as part of the World Improvised Verse Singing Meeting, 'Europa bat-batean'. Improvised singing was the main focus of all of the activities on offer.

Patricia Tapanes and Lourdes Yunet from Cuba were the first speakers of the second day, which was led by Laxaro Azkune. Tapanes explained that the domestic setting was the main channel of communication, although in recent times the repentismo or improvised singing workshops have become very important.

As an example of repentismo, Lourdes Yunet López from Cuba told us about her experience. As the great-granddaughter of a well-known repentista, at first she did not feel particularly interested in the art, until she started to take part in the repentismo workshops. That is how she got involved in improvised verse singing.

In the case of the Mexican trio Las Alondras, they were introduced to the tradition of improvised verse singing through the school. "That is where we met our teacher and he expressed his love for this singing tradition", explained Dana Sofía Limón. Also giving speeches were Diana Laura Hernández and Rebeca Limón who, in addition to explaining the characteristics of huapango, son huasteco and son de costumbre, also offered an exhibition of these arts.

Afterwards, Harkaitz Zubiri gave Miramar the details of their research into the spread of bertsolaritza. Zubiri highlighted the social and artistic aspects of the bertsolaritza movement: "bertsolaritza has been able to change its social role and, in turn, to strengthen its artistic role". These changes have also influenced the work to spread the art of bertsolaritza.

Zubiri highlighted that the schools of bertsolaris are not only spaces for communication, but also for socialising, and that is where the speakers that went before him came from, Arantzazu Loidi and Jon Sarasua. "Human relations and friendship seem to me to be the most important communicative values", said Loidi, referring to Almen, the first school of bertsolaris, promoted by Patxi Goikolea, Xanti Iparragirre and Juanito Akizu. Loidi and Sarasua remembered taking their first steps before becoming bertsolaris and point out the importance of communicative work.

Lastly, Roser Texido from Catalonia arranged a showing of the film Glosadors, a documentary that reflects how the glosa is being spread.

The talks of the third day of 'Europa bat-batean', which will be held tomorrow, will be focused on gender perspective.

The evening performance at the headquarters of DSS2016EU

In the performance on Monday, representatives from Wales, Cuba and Cyprus took part, together with bertosolaris Andoni Egaña and Amets Arzallus. The performance, which started at the port, took place in the aquarium because of poor weather conditions. The room was completely filled and this allowed those attending to enjoy these rather unknown oral expressions as a starting point for the events to come over the course of the week.

In the performance this evening improvised verse singing from other countries can be enjoyed: from Austria, Mallorca and Mexico, along with bertsolaris Alaia Martín and Julio Soto. The performance will be held at the headquarters of DSS2016EU at 7pm and entry is free.