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Socio-cultural program

Everyday in the evening (from 7 to 8:30 pm) a free artistic or visual performance, open to anyone interested beyond Symposium participants, followed by a debate with the artists/directors/participant (victims) and the public at the Centro Carlos Santamaría Antonio Beristain Auditorium[1] (in English and Spanish) of the University campus:










6th of June: Restorative music on gender violence. The composer and conductor Francisco José Ríos-López, the criminologist Rocío Redondo Almandoz and the interpreter Aitor Úcar González, forming an interdisciplinary team, propose us a musical meeting in which all those victims of gender violence (and their supporters or professionals working with them) who wish to attend can participate. In it, it will be interpreted the work for guitar PARADIGMA II: "and oblivion recorded your absences" created with the aim of making visible and musically representing the phenomenon of gender violence in society. Later, a dialogue will be organized in which all those who wish to participate will be able to share their personal experience.


7th of June: Emancipation and restoration for victims of gender violence through flamenco dancing with the participation of Elisabeth Garmendia and Soledad Ruz (Centro Flamenco El Duende). The debate with the public will include artistic imagination and thinking about the concepts on vulnerability and empowerment in relation to the overrepresentation of ethnic minority and migrant women and the Spanish prohibition of mediation (restorative justice) in intimate partner violence cases when the victim is a woman and the perpetrator a male adult.


8th of June: Adiorik gabe/Sin adiós/Without Goodbye on victims of terrorism and political violence. It is an artistic project on memorialistion through music and poetry in the city, after Madrid, with more victims of this kind of violence. This artistic project was supported by the Donostia/San Sebastián municipality in 2016 and 2019. A piece of the documentary film on the artistic piece developed in 2016 in memory of Francisco Javier Gómez Elosegui, killed by the terrorist group ETA, will be screened. Debate with Inesa Ariztimuño, chair of the activity, and Josemi Gómez Elosegui, brother of Francisco, on the general project where a very diverse group of victims participated.



9th of June: An awarded documentary film on non-accompanied foreign minors “Vidas menores”, with subtitles in English. The film portrays a group of Moroccan unaccompanied minors and their family environment, on their journey from their place of origin in Morocco to their way through cities in Spain, France, Germany or Sweden. Debate with its director Alfredo Torrescalles and Ane Viana, PhD researcher who has interviewed minors in the Basque Country, on victimmigration and the criminalisation of the minor other.

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{1] Address: Campus de Gipuzkoa de UPV/EHU. Plaza Elhuyar, 2 - 20018 San Sebastián. 45 minutes walk by the sea from the venue or 15 minutes by bus.

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Important message:

This activity will be developed in the auditorium of the Centro Ignacio Mª Barriola, Plaza Elhuyar 1, just in front of the building where it was planned at first.

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With funds from the newspaper El País, and commissioned by the journalist Juan Ignacio Cortés, author of the book "Wolves with Shepherd's Skin" (2018), this exhibition collects the photographs of different victims of sexual abuse in the Spanish Church at a time when controversial steps have been taken on responses to this type of victimization. The participants will debate with Juan Ignacio Cortés on the idea of an open secret, on the unique stories of each photograph, and the particularities of the Spanish case, compared to other countries. This exhibition has been created for the Symposium and is free and open during the whole week.



Museo San Telmo

Sala Laboratorio.

From the 8th of April to the 12th of June, 2022

Donostia - San Sebastián

Free entrance

by Gervasio Sánchez



Gervasio Sánchez (Cordoba, 1959) graduated in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona in 1984. As a journalist and photojournalist, he has covered most of the armed conflicts which have taken place in the last 30 years and witnessed 15 wars, including the Gulf War, those of the former Yugoslavia and many others in Latin America (Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala…), Africa (Rwanda, Sierra Leone…) and Asia. He writes for “El Heraldo de Aragón” and “La Vanguardia” newspapers, and also contributes to other publications and branches of the media (the Cadena SER radio station, the BBC Spanish service, the magazine “Tiempo”…).

Gervasio Sánchez, who lives in Zaragoza, has published many books which summarise his photo reports on armed conflicts and their consequences. The first of these came out in 1994: “El cerco de Sarajevo” (The Siege of Sarajevo), a compendium of his work in the Bosnian capital between June 1992 and March 1994. Some of his other key publications include “Vidas minadas” (1997, Mined Lives), about the impact of anti-personnel mines on civil populations in the most mined countries in the world, including Afghanistan, Angola and Cambodia; “Kosovo, crónica de la deportación” (1999, Kosovo, a chronicle of deportation); “Niños de la guerra” (2000, War Children); “La caravana de la muerte: las víctimas de Pinochet” (2001, The Caravan of Death: Pinochet’s victims); “Los ojos de la guerra” (2001, The Eyes of War), which he co-authored with the reporter Manuel Leguineche as a tribute to Miguel Gil, a war correspondent murdered in Sierra Leone in 2000; “Sierra Leona: guerra y paz” (2005, Sierra Leone: war and peace), co-authored with the then-missionary Chema Caballero (2006 Brunet Prize); “Desaparecidos” (2011, Missing), about the forced deportation of thousands of people in ten countries on three continents, and “Vida/Life” (2016).

He has received numerous awards for his professional career, including the National Photography Prize (2009), The King of Spain’s International Journalism Prize (2009), the Ortega y Gasset Journalism Prize (2008), the Julio Anguita Parrado International Journalism Prize (2011) and the Cirilo Rodríguez Journalism Prize (1996). He is also an Adoptive Son of Zaragoza (1998) and has received the Santa Isabel de Portugal Gold Medal from the Provincial Government of Zaragoza (1998), the Medal for Professional Merit from the Government of Aragon (2004) and the Andalusian Culture Prize (1995).

More information


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