"I carry within me the pain of being unable to speak Basque"
- Music and singing
Denis Laborde (1959 – Bayonne, Labourd) is an ethnologist and director of research at the CNRS (French National Institute of Scientific Research), director of studies at the EHESS and member of the cultural commission at the Fondation de France. He has been working with the Basque Cultural Institute for many years and his current project involves a world music research centre in Bayonne. Here he talks about his life, both rich and chaotic, with a touch of irony.[+]
"The championship was a slap in the face, but I also learned a lesson"
Odei Barroso (1987 – Urrugne, Labourd) is a well-known bertsulari (improviser). He also teaches improvised verse and is a member of the 2zio rap group. The vice-champion of the Northern Basque Country took part in the general improvisers’ championship, in which he got as far as the first round of semi-finals. His other projects include an artist’s residence at the Botanical Garden in St Jean de Luz until autumn 2014.[+]
''If Basque cinema is only important to us, then we’ve made a mistake''
Joxean Fernández (1973 – San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa) is director of the Basque Film Library. He is also a member of the Zinemaldia festival’s steering committe, professor at the University of Nantes and a specialist in the history of the cinema. He was asked by the Etxepare Institute to write a short book on the history of Basque cinema, which was recently published with a trilingual version with support from the Basque Cultural Institute. In this work he recounts and analyses local cinema to better understand both its past and its future.[+]