The RI8ERA project is taking place in a specific setting of activity: the festivity of the Bidasoa River is going to meet with the 250th anniversary of the disannexation and creation of the city of Irun and also with the centenary of the Avenida Bridge construction.

The proposal is based on the artistic interpretation of the historical and anthropological materials about events that took place around the Avenue Bridge. The projects are developed by various artists, technicians, researchers and groups; mostly locals, who have contributed to common reflections on the geographical-temporal space. They came from different disciplines and the proposals articulated along three main axes: the river, the memory and contemporary art.

The public presentation will be held in two days. The first, in the public space around the Avenida Bridge will take place on Saturday 24 September 2016. It aims to recover the river's geographical space through the dynamics of creation, sensations and experiences; recalling history in a transversal way from contemporary art through the hybridization of disciplines such as mediation, technology, contemporary artistic practices and landscape design. The second day, scheduled for 6 October at the CBA cultural centre, aims to distribute and publicize the artistic projects in which the artists has worked, and to show what the working processes have been like, inviting the public for a collective reflection.

The program presented the following works, created specifically for Ribera:

Word of border
Javier San Martinen, Aloña Zubizarretare & Maider Likona - “Pescando Aniversarios”, “Sonidos del pasado”
Jeongsoo Lim - “Give me your name”
Parasite - “Camino narrado”

The new invisible border
Aitzpea Leizaola & Helga Massetani - workshop d'art et d'anthropologie
Ezmugak - “Zubi sweet home”

Border music
Maider Elcano - “Karaoke mobil”

Objetologies of memory
Lander Etxedona - installation audiovisuelle
Jeongsoo Lim - “Ask and respond”
Bitamine Faktoria - "Gauproject"

Video Ribera 2016


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Bitamine Faktoria designs and directs a specific artistic project for the Christmas market. A team effort and in collaboration with a score of artists to attract attention and focus on the local creative community in a turbulent and complicated year for the sector. The market is an activity promoted by the City and Economy Impulse Area of ​​the Irun City Council.

Itsasargi catches our attention and invites us to look from another perspective, to be more aware of what surrounds us. This visual metaphor enlightens us and makes us imagine the good that is to come.

Occupy space, the void that fills the air in its immensity. The accumulation of forms illuminates the dimension of what surrounds us. *

A visual metaphor that invites us to stop and observe around us what we are not aware of. *

Moments that pass so slowly that they push us to contemplate. *

Keeping hands of the lighthouse: Judas Arrieta, Iñaki Oyarzabal and Bitamine Faktoria
Lighting: Jose Zapiain


Art has sprung up in the Ensanche square, within the Christmas Market. Thanks to the contribution of all the participating artists and creators, artistic creation has been visualized in an attractive and metaphorical way.

Native sprouts:

AG Calligraphy - Ainhoa ​​Gordo, Ane Borreguero Oliden, asiertxosololaama !!!, Cristina Juaniz, Goizeko Izarra, Hache - Sarah Grandes, Haritzetan Atelier, Iciar Sánchez Parra, Iratxe Aires, Iratxe Colado, Itsaso Labari, Itziar Basterretxea Seijo, Javier Paule, Julia Lasa, Juncal Alfonso Aguilar, Loidi Miriam, Lorena Martínez Oronoz, Maialen Arocena, Mr Woodman, Patri Taberna Solbes, Patricia Gómez Rojo Inwoko, Restta estudio - Raquel Garcia, Von Jauregi, Xabi Amunarriz Rodriguez

We often think that art and culture are constantly springing up, we believe that they are an endless spring. But like our trees, we must take care of the culture and the artists, so that they continue to grow. *

This year the tips of the branches look different in the trees in the square. Their art flows, and they protect us like a lush forest on a rainy day. *




Ribera is held in the public space, along the banks of Bidasoa river, a core part of the region's identity, and offers new perspectives of this memory space from the point of view of art. This programme values the memory of the Bidasoa river through practices linked to contemporary art, as a tool to recover the river bank and strengthen its link with the citizens, recalling its role as a revitalizing factor of society.

“Possible futures, imagined futures” was the theme which drove this year’s event, inviting both artists and the public to reflect on the memory of the future in these uncertain times. The coronavirus pandemic forced us to reshape some activities. For instance, we used a pier as a stage in order to maintain social distancing and a theater company performed a piece with no attendees but a “sold out” poster. Guided tours in smaller groups made them more participatory and meaningful to the people.”

Invited Artistes
Maldita Lettering / Mikel Remak / Maite Eizmendi / Christian García del Campo / Jaime de los Ríos (Arteklab) / Oier Gil / Iker Eizagirre / Cia. La Máquina de Hacer Pingüinos (Anaïs Sindera - Luis Alberto Rodriguez - Emmanuelle Thomé) / Bitamine Faktoria / Idoia Zabaleta / Bertha Bermúdez

The 5th edition was held on 19 September 2020. This program is promoted by the Irun City Council and managed by Bitamine Faktoria.



This research and action project has been developed in tandem with the anthropologist and historian María José Noain and Bitamine Faktoria as an artistic collective. It was awarded a Ribera Grant from the Irun City Council. These grants are aimed at activating a permanent framework in the field of human sciences and art for projects whose object of study is the border territory, especially the Bidasoa river and its surroundings.

The participation of the community has been fundamental during the nine-month-long process of mapping the emotions linked to the Bidasoa region. Research and action have focused on interaction with local inhabitants through surveys, personal and group interviews, actions in the public space and workshops with primary school children.

In this way, the bibliographic research has been enriched with the collection of oral testimonies and personal perception about the river both in its symbolic and plastic dimension. The end result is a timeless polyhedral story in the form of a fold-out map that reflects the emotions shared by citizens. All in all, an artistic creation inspired by an active research into the emotional cartography of Bidasoa.