This article looks at Haize Berri, a cultural association active in the rural French Basque Country from the 1980s to 2009, to reflect on the different understandings of art and culture and their political implications in the particular context of the Basque Country. Haize Berri, which in the Basque language means ‘New Wind’, a name chosen to evoke the coming of a new era, had the ambition of bringing cultural life to the rural inland of the French Basque Country. With the participation of public figures from the Basque art world, Haize Berri was at the heart of a cultural renaissance in the region. But locally, it was a source of political controversy. While the mission of Haize Berri was not publicly stated as political, many of those behind it saw culture as part of politics, and, in the context of its actions, Haize Berri was taken to be political. This article uses Haize Berri as a lens through which to explore the politics of culture and art as an element in collective identity boundary-drawing.
Bray, Zoe PhD
"Bringing 'New Wind' to the Rural Interior of the French Basque Country: The Association 'Haize Berri' and the Politics of Culture,"
BOGA: Basque Studies Consortium Journal:
2, Article 4.
Available at: http://scholarworks.boisestate.edu/boga/vol1/iss2/4