Film, theatre, music, horror..
San Sebastián hosts festivals to suit all tastes.
Choose the one that suits you best!
SAN SEBASTIÁN, PURE THEATRE
The summer culture season opens with dFERIA. Theatres and other public spaces in San Sebastián raise their curtains to present the Theatre Fair, a not-to-be-missed nationally renowned rendezvous for performing arts enthusiasts and professionals.
SOLIDARITY THROUGH FILM
Every April, San Sebastián repeats its commitment to society and doubles its efforts to foster solidarity with the Human Rights Film Festival. Taking cinema as its backdrop, with exhibitions and talks, the event helps to raise citizen awareness of the serious problems and realities that abound in our society.
Olatu Talka is an initiative which was launched in 2010 to support the 2016 European Capital of Culture bid. Following the Capital of Culture year this project has continued with the same aims and values that it was founded with, making the most of the city.
Olatu Talka strives to transform the city into an active cultural agent through the participation and involvement of Donostian people. This is why the over 200 activities that are scheduled every year are made by the people and for the people.
The purpose of the festival is to open new channels for collaboration, to use public spaces in innovative and different ways and to promote social critique through art and culture, among other objectives.
TO THE WARMTH OF JAZZ
In the second fortnight in July, San Sebastián taps its feet to the rhythm of the finest jazz. Great musicians like James Brown, Liza Minnelli, Bobby McFerrin, Diana Krall, Cassandra Wilson and B.B. King have all taken to the city’s beaches, theatres, squares and auditoriums at one time or another to delight audiences at this world-famous event.
THE CLASSICAL MUSIC FEST
In August and September San Sebastián hosts a hugely traditional classical music event: the Classical Music Fortnight. The Kursaal Centre, Santa María and San Vicente churches, the Victoria Eugenia Theatre and other stages throughout the city open their doors to fantastic international symphony orchestras and soloists. Despite its name, the ‘Quincena’ actually brings five weeks of excellent music; it is the oldest festival of its kind in Spain (on-going since 1939) and one of the longest running in Europe.
Although San Sebastián’s summer indie music festival is relatively new – it started in 2012 – it has already become the biggest independent music festival in Gipuzkoa. Initially staged in an amusement park, the new retro-style hippodrome venue is quirky, cool, and easy to get to. Anyone who’s been comes back. It’s the kind of thing you’d have to invent if it didn’t already exist.
These features make this festival a unique musical experience, with two stages and big international bands to enjoy while having fun... from mid-afternoon onwards. This is an experience money can’t buy.
A FILM CITY
Big stars and young directors. The entire national and international film panoply flocks to San Sebastián every September to attend the most cosmopolitan event of the year: Zinemaldia, or the International Film Festival, one of the biggest of its kind in Europe alongside the Festival de Cannes and the Venice Mostra.
HALLOWEEN AT ITS CULTURAL BEST
In late October and early November, the theatres and streets of San Sebastián turn into an improvised horror film set to host the Horror and Fantasy Film Festival. Concerts and exhibitions accompany the movies on the programme.
You can find more information about our festivals on the Donostia Kultura website.