Bertsolari and writer
Andoni Egaña Makazaga (Zarautz, The Basque Country, 1961). Bertsolari (singer of improvised musical verses in basque) and writer, he has a degree in Basque Philology. He worked as a culture technician in the City Hall of Vitoria-Gasteiz (1985-1992), and since then he has been engaged with creative activities. He has won several times Euskal Herriko Bertsolari Txapelketa Nagusia, -the main championship of improvised musical verses in basque- (1993, 1997, 2001 and 2005), and has been finalist as well in 1986, 1989 and 2009. He has published many books, such as Zozoak beleari, a conversation among letters with Jon Sarasua, the novel Pausoa noiz luzatu (Euskadi Literature Prize) and Hogeitabina, a consideration about the improvisation of verses. He is also the author of the music recording Tximeletak sabelean (1994).
Interview: Xabi Paya
Translator, improviser, musician and researcher. He has completed the following postgraduate studies: Expert in the Transmission of the Basque Culture (Mondragon University), Basque Studies in Fundación Asmoz, Master in Multimedia Communications in the University of the Basque Country and Master in Modern European Cultures by the University of Birmingham. He has been a teacher in the United Kingdom, France and The Basque Country. He has also worked as a screenwriter and has collaborated with many media. He was the Director of the Cultural Program of San Sebastián 2016, European Capital of Culture, from 2014 to the end of the project.
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