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Congress Centres

The Basque Country has three congress centres located in each of the provincial capitals, fully equipped to hold international meetings. Altogether, they have capacity for almost 10,000 people, which makes the Autonomous Community the perfect destination for holding congresses with the most demanding requirements.


Located in Vitoria-Gasteiz, it was opened in 1989 and refurbished in 2003 to make it a modern, functional building, with large, bright, avant-garde interior spaces.
Its long experience in congresses has enabled it to establish itself as an attractive venue for holding national and international congresses and meetings for between 200 and 700 people, ensuring that this kind of event can take place in a pleasant, efficient working environment. It has seven rooms, two exhibition galleries and an auditorium for 500 people.


The Kursaal Centre, venue for the annual International Film Festival, is in Donostia-San Sebastián. This glass and steel cube beside the beach was designed by the prestigious architect Rafael Moneo and has two auditoriums for more than 2,300 people and up to 20 different possibilities for rooms with capacities ranging between 10 and 575 people. Since it was opened in 1999, the Kursaal has welcomed more than two million people and has generated an economic impact on the capital of Gipuzkoa worth 95 million euros. It has also hosted 1,265 events, 778 congresses and 488 cultural ones. Among its most important distinctions are three architecture awards, among them the prestigious Mies Van der Rohe Prize in 2001 and the award for the Centre with the best market strategy, received in Korea in 2003.


The Euskalduna Centre in Bilbao is the one with the largest capacity in the Basque Country, with a total capacity for more than 5,000 people distributed in a large auditorium with 2,164 seats and four independent rooms equipped to house various shows at the same time. Work of the architects Soriano and Palacios, it was opened in February 1999. Its design symbolises the last ship built in the old Euskalduna shipyard, on whose site it stands, while its internal layout is that of a huge multi-functional complex of 53,000 square metres located in the middle of the city. Its main stage, measuring 1,770 square metres, is ready to host the most ambitious shows that can be put on today.
The Euskalduna Centre received the award for the best congress centre in the world in 2003, a hugely prestigious prize awarded every year by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), taking into account the quality of the services and facilities offered by this kind of centre.



Source: Presidency of the Government (General Secretariat for Communication)

Fecha de la última modificación: 07/05/2008