Saturday, August 16, 2008

Aste Nagusia in Bilbao

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Bilbao's Great Week kicks off


Basque chef Aitor Elizegi was in charge of launching the firecracker rocket at 19,00 at Arriaga Square in Bilbao to start the "Aste Nagusia" (Basque name for Great Week).

Bilbao's "Great Week" kicked off officially at 19,00 with a warm reception to Marijaia -the figure of the festival- and the launching of the firecracker rocket –"txupinazo"- by the Basque chef Aitor Elizegi. An hour later the open air bars –"txosnas"- will be opened and the 23rd local pop-rock show will start with the performance of Mamba Beat and Munlet.

First fireworks of the "Great Week" 28th contest will be launched by the Saragossan pyrotechnic, beginning at 10:30 p.m.

The first concert will start at midnight in Botica Vieja with groups such as Delorean and The Teenagers.

As it is usual, Bilboko Konpartsak has already organized an alternative program to create an even greater festive atmosphere. Pinpilinpauxa, for instance, has organized a male strip tease at midnight.

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