Festivals

Film, theatre, music, horror..

San Sebastián hosts festivals to suit all tastes.
Choose the one that suits you best!

DFERIA THEATRE FAIR

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.


HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL

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.

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Olatu Talka-Rompeolas FESTIVAL

EVERYONE’S FESTIVAL


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.


SURFILM FESTIBAL

MOVIES AMONG THE SURFBOARDS

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San Sebastián’s close relationship with the world of surf has its greatest exponent in the Surfilm Festibal. Surf pounds into the city’s cinemas and culture centres to bring the audiences cool films, music and exhibitions related to the sport.


HEINEKEN JAZZALDIA - INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL.

TO THE WARMTH OF JAZZ

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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.


CLASSICAL MUSIC FORTNIGHT

THE CLASSICAL MUSIC FEST

Festivals in San Sebastian

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.


KUTXA KULTUR FESTIBALA

KKF is the city's youngest bash. That said, its short life has shown it to be different to other festivals thanks to the independent music it brings to the city, the stage (in the Parque de Atracciones Monte Igeldo) with its spectacular views of the city, and the transport provided (more than 12,000 people used the public bus service laid on for the event).

These features make the KKF 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.


SAN SEBASTIAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

A FILM CITY

Zinemaldia

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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.

 

Richard Gere

Julia Roberts

Dustin Hoffman


HORROR AND FANTASY FILM FESTIVAL

HALLOWEEN AT ITS CULTURAL BEST

Loquillo

Alaska

Mario Vaquerizo

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.


More information

You can find more information about our festivals on the Donostia Kultura website.