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San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight

Summer of 1939 saw the first edition of San Sebastián's Musical Fortnight, one of the oldest music festivals in Europe that has received and continues to receive public affection and respect.

This exhibition shows the aspects that have given it shape until our times. The installations by sound artist Mikel Arce form a part of this kaleidoscope of images and sounds that depicts a way of understanding music. Music that communicates, crosses borders, excites, creates and moves. A shared history.


  • From 11st July to 1st September 2019
  • From Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00-20:00.
  • Laboratory
  • Free Admission
San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight
San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight
San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight
San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight
San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight
San Sebastián sounds out. 80th Musical Fotnight

Beyond the magic experienced in a theatre or an auditorium, the Fortnight shares a way of understanding music. Music that communicates, crosses borders, excites, is creative and moves, and that is what this exhibition seeks to depict.

The exhibition is structured into five sections: in the first, there is a general review of the festival's history and the aspects that make it so unique. With good reason, San Sebastian's Musical Fortnight is turning 80 this year. It lived 40 years under the dictatorship, and 40 under democracy later. During this journey, its personality has changed. Although its beginnings were elitist, it has reached the general public thanks to open contents, stages and approaches.

During all these years, this festival, one of the oldest in Europe, has remained, despite difficult times and political events. The importance of choral music is also a feature of the festival, which is certainly in response to the particularity of the society in which it lives. Lastly, the efforts made in creating networks are of note: amongst musicians, those formed to develop their own productions, etc.

After the general section, the following four are related to the music and create a four-movement symphony: opera, vocal musical, dance and instrumental music. These four spheres have acted as the pillar for the Fortnight and the exhibition.

Sound artist Mikel Arce's installations complete the exhibition: Schaefferian Tree and San Telmo Environment Transductions: A Real-Time Soundscape. The first piece broadcasts Fortnight sounds in different points around the room, surprising visitors as they move throughout the tour. Thanks to a novel sound broadcast system, unlike traditional speakers, the sound is heard at a specific point in the room. The second aims to reinterpret part of the biosphere around the San Telmo Museum: the light illuminating it, the air surrounding it and the earth it sits on, and their variations in real time.

An exhibition by San Telmo Museoa, Donostiako Musika Hamabostaldia

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San Telmo Gaua: San Sebastián suena. 80 Quincena Musical

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