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San Sebastian's Jazz and Film Festivals

9th July 2014

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A popular tourist spot since the 19th century, the coastal city of San Sebastian has plenty to offer in terms of scenery, history, and culture.

Jazz Festival

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The annual Heineken Jazzaldia Jazz festival is held on the third week of July in this beautiful Basque city. Established in 1966, it is the oldest jazz festival in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe and celebrates its 49th year in 2014.

The Heineken Jazzaldia organizes nearly a hundred concerts, both free and paid, in dozens of indoor and outdoor venues. The most popular are those held at Zurriola Beach, Trinidad Square and the Kursaal terrace.

Below are details of five of the best concerts this year which will be held in Trinidad Square, Kursaal Auditorium, San Telmo Museum and the Victoria Eugenia Theatre.

24th July 2014: Trinidad Square. 9pm. €35.00
·      Enrico Rava Tribe
·      Bobby McFerrin: spirityouall

25th July 2014: Kursaal Auditorium – Kutxabank Space. 6.30pm. €35.00

·      Chick Corea & Stanley Clarke Duet: The Songs of Return to Forever

25th July 2014: Trinidad Square. 9pm. €28.00
·     Sketches Of Spain: Nicholas Payton & L'Instrumental de Gascogne The John Scofield Überjam Band

26th July 2014: Trinidad Square. 9pm. €28.00

·     Dave Holland: Prism
      Sun Ra Centennial Dream Arkestra

Film Festival

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The Zinemaldia International Film Festival of San Sebastian is a film festival held annually in the month of September.

First established in 1953, this is one of the most prestigious internationally recognized film festivals in the world and attracts both home grown and international giants of the film industry. In previous years, the festival has been attended by big names such as Woody Allen, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Pedro Almodovar, and Steven Spielberg to name but a few.

It has also hosted major film events such as the international premiere for Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the European premiere for Star Wars.

This year marks the 62nd anniversary of the festival and San Sebastian is hoping to draw in film lovers and tourists alike. The festival is a great opportunity to discover new European and international talent and see some of the best films of the upcoming year.

For more information on both of these festivals, visit the San Sebastian Tourist Office website here.

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