What is it?
Getxophoto is an image festival created and managed by Begihandi, that has been taking place in Getxo –Basque Country, Euskadi– since 2007. This festival is part of a cultural ecosystem with the aim of being more participatory, hybrid, committed and sustainable.
This thematic Festival is conceived as a platform that addresses contemporary challenges through different proposals from visual storytellers from around the world, in an attempt to create spaces for reflection and establish a collective conversation.
Getxophoto is characterized by the radical defense of public space (both physical and online) as a meeting place for meeting, mutual recognition and as a field for experimentation, play and celebration, in opposition of its homogenization and privatization. For this reason, most of its programme is composed of outdoor installations, highlighting, on the one hand, the link between the image and the environment and, on the other, generating a more horizontal and participatory relationship with the public.
One of the goals of Getxophoto is the creation of a critical community around the image (composed of artists and audiences) that contributes to strengthening the social fabric.
It is a Festival rooted in the local and regional level with an international perspective, based on a culture of proximity in which the citizens are at the centre. It promotes the active involvement of the community in which it takes place and the social return through its local links (shopkeepers, restaurateurs, artists or enthusiasts).
From a transversal approach, the Festival has been extending its reach to the Internet as a space where visual culture is developed. It carries out a specific online programme that includes different approaches such as augmented reality, podcasts, apps, playlists, 3D models and live broadcasts, among others.
The aim of minimizing its environmental impact and becoming an increasingly sustainable initiative guides the Festival’s production and design policy.
Gender equality and intersectionality
Getxophoto is a festival committed to gender equality from an intersectional perspective. It addresses gender and other issues that are closely related, such as class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation or race
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