Last weekend was Hondarribia’s Blues Festival. This really could be the last year for it in this location, as we heard that it might be moving to Zarautz for financial reasons.
The following extract is from A Basque Diary – Living in Hondarribia, which is available, in print and as an ebook, from Amazon.
We were in Hondarribia for the 9th, 10th and 11th Blues Festivals. The festival is held towards the end of July (the date depends on when the Running of the Bulls is happening in Pamplona, as they don’t like to clash) and it is massive. There is a huge stage near the ferry terminal down in the Marina, a smaller stage in Calle San Pedro and a mid-sized one up in the old town in Arma Plaza. It takes days to set up (and pack up) the stages and the concession stands. The organisers bring in bands from all over the world. It must cost a small fortune to put on and they don’t charge anything for you to go to the concerts. It’s insane and a friend of ours has said that it might not continue for too much longer. Hondarribia council seems to have a lot of money, but we can’t see how they can afford to keep paying for this festival without someone else dipping into their pockets to help. Their only sponsor seems to be Carlsberg and there has been resistance from local businesses to cough up any local sponsorship.
You can read more about Basque culture, food and places by checking out
A Basque Diary – Living in Hondarribia.