Bertsozientzia combines science and Basque poetry in Gipuzkoa

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In May, science and “bertsolaritza” (Basque improvised sung poetry) will come together once again at the 4th Bertsozientzia, an initiative that aims to combine two fields that may seem so different at first. It will be the first time the event takes place in Gipuzkoa.

The initiative is organised by the DIPC (Donostia International Physics Center), the Chair of Scientific Culture of the UPV/EHU, ZarautzOn Association, Laboratorium Museum in Bergara, Lemniskata Goierriko Zientzia Sare Herrikoia and the city councils of Bergara, Ordizia and Zarautz. It will take place on 15, 17 and 25 May in the towns of Zarautz, Bergara and Ordizia, respectively.

With the theme “Jakinduriek Mundue Erreko Dau” (Knowledge Will Burn the World Down), three scientists and two “bertsolaris” (poets) will get together every evening to unite two completely different worlds – science and “bertsolaritza” – and to go beyond their limits and reach a new audience.

The programme for the fourth edition includes 10-minute science talks in Basque, after which the “bertsolaris” will face a huge challenge – improvise a “bertso” (sung poem) about the hypotheses explained by the scientists.

These performances, which will take place in the evening, will gather important bertsolari, like the recent winner of the Basque Country Competition Maialen Lujanbio and finalist Aitor Sarriegi, and the well-known Andoni Egaña, amongst others, who must sing in rhyme the topics presented by important figures in science, such as Ainara Sangroniz, researcher of the UPV/EHU’s Polymat Institute; Gorka Azkune, researcher and professor at the University of Deusto; and Olatz Pérez de Viñaspre, researcher at IXA Group in the UPV/EHU’s IT Faculty.

All three sessions will be hosted by actor and comedian Anjel Alkain, who will present the interventions and encourage audience participation.

Admission to all three sessions is free, subject to available seating.

BERTSOZIENTZIA PROGRAMME
ZARAUTZ. 15 May, 7.30pm – Antoniano Aretoa

Bertsolaris:

  • Maialen Lujanbio: Fine Arts graduate, bertsolari and screenwriter
  • Aitor Sarriegi: IT Engineer, bertsolari and Maths teacher

Researchers and Scientists:

  • Ainara Sangroniz: Chemist and researcher at the UPV/EHU’s Polymat Institute
  • Félix Zubia: Medicine graduate and professor at Donostia University Hospital
  • Josu López Gazpio: PhD in Chemistry and coordinator of the Chemistry Department at Udako Euskal Unibertsitatea
BERGARA. 17 May, 7pm – Seminarixoa

Bertsolaris:

  • Andoñi Egaña: Philologist, bertsolari and writer
  • Miren Amuriza: Basque Philology graduate, bertsolari and teacher

Researchers and Scientists:

  • Ainara Sangroniz: Chemist and researcher at the UPV/EHU’s Polymat Institute
  • Jon Mattin Matxain: PhD in Chemistry, and researcher and professor at the UPV/EHU and DIPC
  • Gorka Azkune: PhD in Computer Science, and researcher and professor at the University of Deusto
ORDIZIA. 25 May, 7pm – Herri Antzokia

Bertsolaris:

  • Unai Iturriaga: Bertsolari, screenwriter and writer
  • Alaia Martín: Audiovisual Communication graduate, bertsolari and screenwriter

Researchers and Scientists:

  • Gorka Azkune: PhD in Computer Science, and researcher at the University of Deusto
  • Olatz Pérez de Viñaspre: IT Engineer and researcher at IXA Group in the UPV/EHU IT Faculty
  • Aitor Gastañares: Engineer at the research department of CAF

When

Start date:
May 15th, 2018
End date:
May 25th, 2018
Time:
from 19:00 to 20:30

Where

Venue:
Zarautz, Bergara eta Ordizia

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