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The Basque Country earns third place in the ranking for the best cultural possibilities in 2016, highlighting its quality and innovation

  • San Sebastián
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  • Bilbao
    Bilbao
20/02/2017
The Basque Country earns third place in the ranking for the best cultural possibilities in 2016, highlighting its quality and innovation
According to the report by the Spanish Observatory of Culture, Bilbao is the
number three city and San Sebastián number four for the best arts and cultural programme

Both cities stand out for quality and innovation in what they offer in terms of culture. In the ranking of the most outstanding cultural institutions and events of last year, the European Capital of Culture is in third place, the Guggenheim museum holds fifth place and Zinemaldia comes sixth. There are also specific rankings of the cultural highlights of the year in each autonomous region. In the Basque Country this is led by San Sebastián 2016 with the "Tratado de Paz" ("Peace Treaty") exhibition and the play "A Midsummer Night's Dream", followed by the Guggenheim, Zinemaldia, the museum of fine arts in Bilbao and Artium in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The Observatory of Culture is a tool used by the Contemporary Foundation to rate the cultural possibilities in Spain since 2009. This year it used the opinions of 361 experts in culture.

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