Donostia-San Sebastián 2016


The “Donostia 2016 - European Capital of Culture” project is an initiative designed and developed in co-operation with 500 cultural agents and artists across the city and province and which comprises more than 100 projects. Through its extensive programme, Donostia 2016 offers us a busy twelve months to enjoy, have a good time, reflect, and live together in a proposal of culture and values. Among other things, it encourages diversity and co-creativity through cultural expressions and values related to living together. And one main foundation of the project is language diversity.

What kinds of activities is DSS2016EU organising? Music, dance, drama, art, exhibitions, lectures, literature, technology, cinema, culture, gastronomy, architecture, nature, health, sports, urban planning, photography, languages, science, discussions, reflections...

In what context? Human rights, living together, solidarity, identity, diversity, wellbeing, feminism, heritage, expression, transmission, interculturality, memory, character, inclusion, respect, equality, diversity, human dignity, ethical values, justice...

Where? In the centre of Donostia-San Sebastian, in the suburbs, in the surrounding areas, in Gipuzkoa, in the Basque Country, in Spain, in Europe.

From the very start, the main aim of Donostia 2016 has been to encourage the participation of citizens at all levels: presenting proposals, managing them, and enjoying them. At the same time the European Capital of Culture initiative also has a clear European dimension, through a broad network of partners, and because it will be tackling numerous issues that are at the centre of the challenges the Old Continent faces.

So the DSS2016EU is more than a huge cultural and artistic festival. The aim is to promote meeting points among citizens, and for this purpose it will be using the values of art and culture as tools that help us learn to live together as different individuals. It is precisely in connection with coexistence in diversity that the European Capital of Culture frames its commitment towards language diversity.

Promoting the development of all languages is essential to guarantee the identity, equality and freedom of people. Furthermore, it is an ethical obligation in the commitment towards healthy coexistence and cultural wealth.

In this context, the European Language Diversity Forum is an important event of DSS2016EU, as part of a programme of activities and events related to languages running throughout the year: Hitzargiak-Languages Illuminating each other, the Protocol to Ensure Language Rights, Tosta Enbaxada or In varietate Concordia.

In DSS2016 EU we would like to leave a fruitful heritage for society and make a contribution towards a society built on the values of freedom, diversity, and humanism. Starting as from today, we are building a path that is set to go far.