Culture of Vitoria


Vitoria-Gasteiz hosts two annual international music festivals:

The International Music Festival/Course Vitoria-Gasteiz, from the 18th to the 27th of July (the 2011 Edition)

The Vitoria-Gasteiz Jazz Festival, from the 10th to the 16th of July (the 2011 Edition).

The Azkena rock festival, on 23rd, 24th and 25 June (the 2011 Edition).

 Local festivities

The Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca festival is celebrated every year from the 4th to the 9th of August in honour of the patron saint of the city, and features a programme of special events, activities and free open-air concerts.


The liberal arts section of the University of the Basque Country is based in the south part of the city. Focusing on history and linguistics, the Álava campus is also home of the Faculty of Pharmacy, as well as some other technical, teaching and business related degrees.

Its origins date back from 1847 when the first Escuela Normal de Maestros de Álava was established. A whole other number of colleges and faculties were adopted in 1978 by the emerging University of the Basque Country