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Kursaal Auditorium

The main venue for the Musical Fortnight was moved in 1999 to the Kursaal Centre, designed by the architect Rafael Moneo. Since 2007 the main part of the Fortnight programme takes place between the ultramodern ”cubes” of the Navarrian architect and the traditional venue at Victoria Eugenia Theatre.

Inaugurated in 1999, this building occupies the space of the ancient Gran Kursaal Casino, a strategic venue in the centre of town, between the Urumea river mouth and the Zurriola beach.

Shows of the Musical Fortnight are held both at the Auditorium (seating 1,850) and at the Chamber Hall (seating 638) and the multipurpose halls. These Kursaal spaces are complemented with ample external balconies with beautiful sea views as well as with up-to-date equipment.

As in the case of the Victoria Eugenia Theatre some of the main symphonic and choral performances of the Fortnight are held in the Kursaal, as well as the contemporaneous music cycle.

Avda. de Zurriola, 1
20002
Donostia - San Sebastián
T: 943 003000
F: 943 003001

www.kursaal.org

Bus lines:
13, 29, 31, 37

Nearby car parks:
Parking Kursaal, Parking Boulevard

Victoria Eugenia Theatre

The Victoria Eugenia Theatre was the first and single venue of the Musical Fortnight from its foundation back in 1939 up to 1979 when the Fortnight opened out onto other spaces in the town. The theatre was closed for refurbishment in 1999 and was reopened in 2007 as the venue of the Fortnight, this time sharing prominence with the Kursaal Centre. The Victoria Eugenia Theatre is the venue for some of the main symphonic and choral performances of the Fortnight, as well as the contemporaneous music cycle.

With an eclectic style and a neo-plateresque appearance, the theatre was designed in 1912 by the architect Francisco Urcola. Situated at the start of the Boulevard in San Sebastian centre, it’s considered one of the most representative buildings of the town.

After its refurbishment, the theatre incorporates the most innovative equipments and services, notwithstanding preserving its original charm. The building has a main hall (seating 910) as well as some polyvalent spaces. There are ample lateral balconies in the main storey and two tall towers.

República Argentina, 2
20004
Donostia - San Sebastián
T: 943 481160
F: 943 481969

www.victoriaeugenia.com

Bus routes:
5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 33, 36, 37

Nearby car parks:
Parking Boulevard, Parking Okendo

Miramar Palace

The space reserved by the Musical Fortnight to young performers is this Miramar Palace. This English style building was built on commission of Maria Christina of Habsburg-Lothringen, Queen Regent of Spain from 1885 to 1902, who chose San Sebastián as the town for summer holidays of the royal court. The building was designed by the architect Selden Woknum, whereas the works were managed by San Sebastián municipal architect José de Goikoa.

Pº Miraconcha, 48
20007
Donostia - San Sebastián
T: 943 219022
F: 943 216008

www.sc.ehu.es

Bus routes:
5, 18, 25, 33, 40

Nearby car parks:
Parking Antiguo Berri

Holy Mary of the Chorus Basilica

The Cavaillé-Coll 1862 organ in this basilica justified that this church be one of the venues for the organ cycle of the Musical Fortnight (together with Saint Vincent church and the Good Shepherd cathedral.

The church was designed in the middle of the 18th century by Lizardi and Ibero architects and it was mainly built with contributions of the Real Compañía Guipuzcoana de Caracas that was then immersed in a period of great prosperity.

The church ground-plan is of rectangular plant with semicircular bratticing and the apse embedded in the sacristy. The Virgin of the Chorus, patron of the town, is enthroned in the high altar of the church.

Calle 31 de Agosto, 46
20003
Donostia - San Sebastián.
T: 943 423124

Bus routes:
5, 13, 16, 21, 25,26,28

Nearby car parks:
Parking Boulevard

Saint Theresa Convent

This ensemble of buildings formed by a church and an enclosed convent, located in the Urgull mountain side by the northern edge of the Old Quarter, is run by nuns of the Discalced Carmelite Order. It’s the venue for the Musical Fortnight cycle of ancient music.

The first project by Miguel de Elizalde dates from 1661. Notwithstanding, the ensemble was modified in the 19th century with the addition of the bell tower and later, in 1990, an “upper room” was built on top of the church.

The Chartered Administration of Gipuzkoa is at present willing to turn this building into a Historic-Artistic Heritage Centre in order to preserve and restore the Gipuzkoan heritage setting off at the same time the value of the archaeological remains contained in the building.

Elvira Zipitria s/n
(Subida al Castillo).
20003
Donostia - San Sebastián.
T: 943 424043

Bus routes:
5, 13, 16, 21, 25,26,28

Nearby car parks:
Parking Boulevard

Saint Vincent Church

Together with the Holy Mary of the Chorus basilica and the Good Shepherd cathedral this church is a venue for the organ cycle of the Musical Fortnight. It has a Cavaillé Coll romantic organ dating from 1886.

Saint Vincent’s current church was reconstructed between 1489 and 1574 after its preceding building, dating from the end of the 12th century, was razed to the ground by a fire. Both design and construction of the new church were commissioned in 1507 to Miguel de Santa Celay (master architect) and Juan de Urrutia.

Of late Gothic style its ground plant if formed by three aisles, with transept aligned to lateral aisles, octagonal apse and fan vault sustained internally by circular nucleus columns with small imbedded columns and externally by strong counterforts and arch-buttresses.

San Vicente, 3
20003
Donostia - San Sebastián.
T: 943 420955

Bus routes:
5, 18, 25, 33, 40

Nearby car parkings:
Parking Boulevard

Good Shepherd Cathedral

San Sebatian’s cathedral has a neoclassic organ dating from 1954, that is the largest and most important of all organs in operation in Spain. It was built by OESA, a Gipuzkoan company domiciled in Azpeitia, thanks to a legacy of Fermín de Lasala, Duke of Mandas. This organ is complemented by an smaller one installed in the presbytery.

Both organs are connected between them. Thus, the Cathedral is a venue, together with Saint Vincent Church and Holy Mary of the Chorus basilica, for the Musical Fortnight organ cycle.

The Good Shepherd is a work of the Donostiarran architect Manuel de Echave. Inaugurated in 1897, the building has a rectangular symmetric plant of Latin cross with three aisles, transept and presbytery. This cathedral, of Neo-gothic style, has quite a lot of decorative elements such as stained glass windows by Juan Bautista Lázaro, gargoyles or pinnacles. 

Plaza del Buen Pastor, s/n
20005
Donostia - San Sebastián
T: 943 464516 

Bus routes:
5, 16, 18, 21, 25, 26, 28, 31, 33, 40

Nearby car parks:
Parking Buen pastor, Parking San Martin

San Telmo Musseum

The San Telmo Museum has culminated a process of renewal and extension required to reach out to the public in this new 21st century. The keystone to this project is the small architectonic "gem" incrusted in Mount Urgull and designed by the architects Nieto & Sobejano, featuring a characteristic facade covered in plants.

This new building, along with the 16th century Dominican convent housing the museum since 1932, made San Telmo a singular spot located right in the centre of San Sebastian, in the Old Town.

However, despite being the most visible aspect, the museum renovation is not just an architectonic metamorphosis but also revises the concept, affecting its definition as a museum, its aims and how it works, as San Telmo is reopening as the Museum of Basque Society and Citizenship, giving its collections a new reading.

Plaza Zuloaga, 1
20003
Donostia - San Sebastián
T: 943 481581

www.santelmomuseoa.com

Bus routes:
5, 8, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 21, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 31, 33, 36, 37

Nearby car parks:
Parking Boulevard, Parking Okendo

The Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu

The Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu is a Catholic Marian shrine located in the town of Oñate, in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, where the Virgin of Aranzazu is venerated.

C/ Aranzazu, s/n
20560
Oñati
T: 943780797

www.arantzazukosantutegia.org

Nearby car parks:
Parking del Santuario

Quincena Musical de San Sebastián
Donostiako Musika Hamabostaldia

Avda. de Zurriola 1
20002 Donostia / San Sebastián

Tel.: 943 003 170
Fax: 943 003 181

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