The fiestas in the Biscayan capital will take place between the 19th and 27th of this month. We review the wide cultural and festival offer this year.
Aste Nagusia will flood the streets of Bilbao with color, fun and excitement from this Saturday, the 19th, and until Sunday, August 27.
The city will once again offer this Semana Grande to Bilbao men and women, and also to visitors, a wide and diverse program, in which the Bilbao City Council has included and designed more than half a thousand acts for all tastes and ages.
The start of the festivities will take place on Saturday, August 19, at 7:00 p.m., from the emblematic balcony of the Arriaga Theater. There, thousands of people will gather again to start the 43rd edition of Aste Nagusia together with the Pregonera Aiora Renteria and the Txupinera Izaskun Pinedo. EITB Media will offer the long-awaited act from 6:00 p.m. on ETB2 and eitb.eus. Do not miss it!
Aiora Renteria and Izaskun Pinedo, Pregonera and Txupinera of the Great Week in Bilbao
Music for all tastes and ages
The City Council and Bilboko Konpartsak have once again programmed more than 100 musical performances for this Aste Nagusia. You can check them here.
The Plaza del Gas and the Txikigune of the Doña Casilda Park will once again become this Aste Nagusia the biggest stage of street Theater and Performing Arts. The program has 23 shows by 16 companies; five come from Euskadi, six are national and five international. High-quality free shows that combine music, magic, acrobatics, clowns and a lot of humor for all audiences in both morning and evening sessions.
In the Plaza del Gas, attendees will enjoy a double daily session, at 12:30 and 21:15 respectively, except on the last Sunday when only the afternoon show will be held. For its part, the stage of the Pergola of the Doña Casilda Park (Txikigune) will host a daily show, at 7:30 p.m., and will be aimed at children.
During the nine days of Semana Grande, the public will be able to discover the different corners, culture and traditions of the town with TxireneBus, the theater project by the artists Gurutze Beitia, Mitxel Santamarina and Iñaki Maruri. The traveling show, on a tourist bus, will take attendees to the most emblematic points of the city, starting with San Mamés and ending at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. There will be three shows each day, at 10:30, 12:00 and 1:30 p.m. People who wish to find out about Bilbao’s jokes and historical data with humor will have to get a ticket obtained on their website.
Basque folklore and popular sports
Those who visit the Biscayan capital these days will be able to enjoy daily appointments with Euskal Dantzak, Herri Kirolak, Gigantes y Cabezudos, bilbainadas, bertsolaris, traineras and pelota.
In addition, the traineras will return to the Ría through Aste Nagusia, together with Deustuko Arraun Taldea, on Sunday, August 20, at five in the afternoon. This year also at the jetty near the Itsasmuseum Bilbao, people who wish to can rent canoes for free.
Txikigune, family fun
From Sunday 20 to Sunday 27 August, in the morning and afternoon, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the Txikigune, located in the Doña Casilda Park, La Pérgola and Duck Pond, will open its doors and offer more than thirty activities designed according to age.
The Whale Parade will return to Bilbao on Sunday 20, starting at 7:00 p.m. As every year, the massive kalejira will begin in the Plaza Circular to go along the Gran Vía, until reaching the intersection with María Díaz de Haro, in a great parade of five giant inflatables with a marine theme, led by Ballena Bali, accompanied by the Octopus, the Txangurro, the Bream and the Txirla.
This year the XXXI International Fireworks Contest will light up the sky every night from Saturday August 19 to Friday August 25 with seven fireworks coming from different parts of the world: Devita Pyrotechnics, from Oviedo, Minhota LDA Pyrotechnics, from Portugal, Caballer FX and Mediterranean, from Valencia, Aquarêve, from France, Pibierzo, from León, and Pirotecnia Fonti, from Italy. On the last night, the Valecea pyrotechnics from Alava will do an exhibition.
All of them will compete, starting at 10:30 p.m., to win some of the awards: the Audience Award and the Jury Award.
The Bilbao City Council confirmed at the end of last month that the fireworks will also be launched this year from Etxeberria Park, but that security measures will increase.
In 2022, on August 27, a fire broke out on Viuda de Epalza street, which forced the eviction of the residents of numbers 8, 9 and 10, in addition to the people who were in four txosnas.
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