Clara Albacete, director of the cultural project DAR (Dones Artistes Rurals) and Tectónica Cultural has participated in the round table ‘The role of art in the social cohesion of rural areas’ in the first edition of the HerrikoFest festival held in Zeberio, Bizkaia. The Basque journalist Xabier Madariaga was in charge of moderating the round table and most of the cultural events of the day.

Albacete shared experiences, synergies and confluences with the agro-ecological and artistic association Muturbeltz and with MAR, a platform of women artists and craftswomen from the villages of Aragon. The director of DAR, in reference to the relevance of this type of initiative, emphasised that “it is important that at an institutional level there is a commitment to promote local talent in rural areas and cultural diversity. In this way, the population also ends up valuing the production of the artists and cultural agents of these territories”.

HerrikoFest is a festival that has combined heritage, culture and innovation in rural areas. It is a project with the “kilometre zero” brand, and its main objective has been to highlight the richness of the cultural ecosystem in rural areas. Throughout the festival there have been concerts, workshops, verse sessions, craft markets and various proposals for social participation and cultural management.

You can access the full round table here.