In February 2024, Basque culture remembers the death in 1818 of its capital’s most famous architect: Justo Antonio de Olaguibel. Also in Vitoria-Gasteiz, back in 1522, Hadrian of Utrech received the news of his pontificate in this beautiful city.

Throughout the year there will be activities to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao; and the 100th anniversary of the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida. The Cristóbal Balenciaga Museum will remain temporarily closed in February (from the 1st to the 29th) due to an exhibition change.


Enjoy Basque culture in Vitoria-Gasteiz and Alava in February 2024

  • Izaro: zero money. The Basque singer brings us her second album, more conceptual, exciting and intense where she narrates an inner journey in which she recovers canvases full of contrasts: pop, folk, electronic and roots music. Principal Theater. February 3rd.
  • Umbra Light Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Festival of Illumination. Dozens of light sculptures and outdoor projections. Some accompanied by music or movement. Center and El Ensanche. February 10th and 11th.
  • Álava International Black Truffle Fair, in Ribabellosa. Elaboration of dishes using black truffle. 40 exhibitors of truffles and derived products. Conference, workshops, cooking shows and a truffle hunting exhibition with dogs. February 11th
  • Jaeden Izik Dzurko on piano. Chosen by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2021 as one of the “30 Great Canadian Classical Musicians Under 30.” Room A, Vital Fundazioa Kulturunea. February 13th.
  • Archangel. Flamenco singer from Huelva. Giraldillo at the Seville Flamenco Biennial 2012. He has sung at Carnegie Hall, Teatro Real and Auditorio Nacional de Música or Fundación Gulbenkian (Lisbon), among others. Jesús Ibáñez Theater in Matauco. February 17th.
  • Strad – The Violinist and Icarus. The Spanish musician Jorge Guillén revolutionizes the concept of a concert by fusing the traditional staging of a musical group with a theatrical production. Principal Theater. February 18th.
  • Chillida – Praise, a tribute to the centenary of the birth of Eduardo Chillida. The Orkestra symfónica del País Basque will present a work commissioned by Antonio Lauzurika, a prominent composer of the school founded by Bernaola in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Principal Theater. February 19th.
  • Ensemble Il Viaggio. Traverso, violin, harpsichord and cello. It brings historical interpretation closer to the public from the highest interpretive level. Room A, Vital Fundazioa Kulturunea. February 20th.
  • Blackworks Festival. Techno and hard-techno music festival, being one of the leading brands worldwide. Buesa Arena. February 24th.
  • “AR7ES”. The show mixes music with sculpture. Vitoria-Gasteiz Municipal Music Band: “It’s culture.” Main Theater. February 28th.
  • Txalaparta. Kukai Dantza + Jesús Rubio Gamo. Txalaparta conveys a way of understanding this Basque instrument in relation to the body, a transition from the individual to the collective. Principal Theater. February 29th.


Basque culture events in San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa 

  • Exhibition “Maeght Universe”. Works by Chillida and other artists such as Georges Braqué or Alexander Calder, inspired by the merchant Aimé Maeght and his wife Marguerite. Chillida Leku Museum, in Hernani. From December 2nd, 2023 to April 14th, 2024.
  • Isabel Azkarate. Retrospective exhibition of the photographic work of the Basque artist made between 1978 and 2006, of whom she is considered the first female photojournalist in the Basque Country. Kutxa Kultura Artegunea in Tabakalera. From December 2nd to February 25th.
  • Rags – Coriolis (Uruguay). For families with children over 4 years old. During the 4 seasons, three octogenarians and an unscrupulous dog are participants in situations where they try to live together in harmony (or not). TOPIC – Tolosa International Puppet Center. February 3rd.
  • Txalaparta. Kukai Dantza + Jesús Rubio Gamo. Txalaparta is a new creation where 7 performers navigate the emotional space that proposes the encounter between root dance and a contemporary vision towards them. Victoria Eugenia Antzokia. February 2nd (general rehearsal), 3rd and 4th.
  • Tolosa Carnivals 2024. The most popular in the Basque Country. Lively parades, elaborate costumes, drumming, music and dancing. From February 8th to 18th.
  • Iñar Sastre. Piano concert. Popular music, Jazz and classical music. He has performed in venues such as New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonic. Tabakalera. February 18th.
  • The opera “L’elisir d’amore” by G. Donizetti. Feel and understand the value of what we desire and want. Compañía Opus Lirica, San Sebastian. Kursaal Auditorium. February 23rd.
  • The Pilgrimage. Rodrigo Cuevas. National Prize for Current Music 2023. An extroverted, hot, ambitious, happy, danceable and, perhaps, epic show: major. Victoria Eugenia Antzokia. February 25th.


Basque culture activities in Bilbao and Biscay in February 2024

  • Pablo Picasso: Mousquetaire à la pipe (1968). The only painting by the painter in public collections in the Basque Country. It is accompanied by Bust of a Knight III (1967) from the Banco Santander collection. Room 20. Bilbao Fine Arts Museum. From October 18th, 2023 to March 10th, 2024.
  • Gego. Measuring infinity. Retrospective of the German-Venezuelan artist Gertrud Goldschmidt, known as Gego and for her unique approach to the language of abstraction. Bilbao Guggenheim Museum. From November 7th, 2023 to February 4th, 2024.
  • The splendor of the Gothic. Francisco Calvo Serraller lecture series. 8 conferences organized by the Museum of Fine Arts of Bilbao in collaboration with the Friends of the Prado Museum Foundation. Bizkaia Aretoa-UPV/EHU and BBK Room. From January 31st to March 20th.
  • Evocations – “Winds of enchantment”. We evoke dance, theater and landscape seeking the charm that only classical music transcends. Margarita Lorenzo de Reizábal, Guest Director. Euskalduna Palace – Auditorium. February 4th.
  • Giovanni Anselmo: Beyond the horizon. One of the povera artists, he approaches nature to rediscover its physical and energetic potential. 40 works, including photographs, projections, drawings, sculptures, as well as works made in situ. Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. From February 9th to May 15th.
  • The birds from the abyss. Javier Povedano and Rubén Fernández Aguirre. Piano, clarinet and voice. Music by persecuted authors, connected to the need to express that the people felt. Arriaga Theater. February 14th.
  • Txalaparta. Kukai Dantza + Jesús Rubio Gamo. Txalaparta is listening, txalaparta is sharing, txalaparta is transmission, txalaparta is encounter, txalaparta is creating community from one’s own. Arriaga Theater. February 16th.
  • Signs and Objects: Pop Art from the Guggenheim Collection. In addition to historical pieces from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the exhibition will include a selection of new work by contemporary artists exploring the legacy of pop. From February 16th to September 19th.
  • Evocations – “Dawn of hope”. We breathe hope waiting for the dawn that will make us winners. Luis González, Trumpet and José R. Pascual-Vilaplana, Orchestra Director. Euskalduna Palace – Auditorium. February 18th.
  • Chillida – Praise, a tribute to the centenary of the birth of Eduardo Chillida. The Basque Country Orkestra symphonic will present a work commissioned by Antonio Lauzurika, a prominent composer of the school founded by Bernaola in Vitoria-Gasteiz. Euskalduna Palace Theater. February 21st.
  • Sergio Dalma. Tour “Smile because you’re in the photo.” With this show “I reconnect with my beginnings, I return to the sounds of the 80s.” Euskalduna Palace – Auditorium. February 25th.

At Aitor Delgado Tours we also inform you during your tours designed with me about the most relevant events of Basque culture that you can enjoy during February 2024 or another month of the year.

If you want to design a personalized and private tour with Aitor Delgado, or some of his collaborators, contact me.

January 23, 2024