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Basque "Ibilaldia 2008" goes beyond all expectations
Ibilaldia celebrated its 30th anniversary today. This time Ibilaldia was placed in the Basque town of Amorebieta-Etxano. As usual, people were able to enjoy Basque music, gastronomy and culture.
Citizens met in the Basque town of Amorebieta-Etxano to celebrate Ibilaldia. Ibilaldia is Bizkaia's version of the pro-Ikastola, pro-Basque language events that take place annually in the Basque Country. Every year events are organized in the different regions of the Basque Country to raise money for ikastolas (Basque language schools). Organizers said Ibilaldia 2008 went beyond all expectations and that influx of people was massive, though they did not give any specific sum.
Andra Mari, the ikastola in Amorebieta-Etxano, organized the 30th edition of Ibilaldia. From 09:00 to 20:00 and under the slogan 'Amore bi eta gehiago' (a play on Basque words) party atmosphere overcame this town, which is placed in the middle of Bizkaian geography.
The route was divided in six different areas to enjoy Basque music, gastronomy and culture in different ways. Basque bands such as Amaia Zubiria, Pantxo eta Peio, Etsaiak and Deskontrol entertained the spectators.
Ibilaldia is organized to satisfy all tastes. People there enjoyed bertsolaritza, (Basque Country¿s "spontaneous poetry"), txalaparta (typical Basque instrument), clowns, blow-up castles... Moreover, Ibilaldia paid tribute to the Basque popular song this year.
On the other hand, from 09:00 to 21:00 special public transport was provided to get to Amorebieta-Etxano. On the one hand, there were special train and bus services, and on the other hand cars were allowed to park in the industrial areas in the outskirts of the town.
Weather forecast in Amorebieta-Etxano
Cloudy spells in the early morning and morning, with possible light and occasional rainfalls. It has been cloudy and have rained at midday. Rain will stop at night and there will be clear sky. Wind will mainly blow south, with some west spells.
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