Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall

Euskalduna Conference Centre and Concert Hall

The Euskalduna Conference Centre and Music Hall will be the venue of the International Professional Conference on Serious Games being held in Bilbao from November 26 to December 2, in the context of the Fun & Serious Game Festival.

Set in a privileged area, the Euskalduna Conference Centre has been a silent witness to Bilbao’s spectacular urban transformation. Just a pebble’s throw from the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Ría de Bilbao Maritime Museum, the Euskalduna has been awarded several international prizes, including the prestigious Apex Award for “World’s Best Convention Centre”, granted in 2003 by the International Association of Congress Centres (AIPC), with representation from over 50 countries around the world.

Conceived of by architects Federico Soriano and Dolores Palacios as a ship always in the making, in a dock that used to house former shipbuilder Euskalduna (hence the name), the Centre also got the Enric Miralles Award at the 6th Spanish Architecture Biennale in 2001.

The Euskalduna is a huge multi-purpose centre covering 53,000sq m. A wide range of economic and business, institutional, social, and cultural activities take place in it. For instance, the ABAO Opera Season –one of the most prestigious in Spain and Europe.

According to great soprano singer Montserrat Caballé, the auditorium of the Euskalduna Centre is the “most beautiful hall where I’ve ever sung.” And master Joaquín Achúcarro described it as the hall “with the best acoustics in the world.”

The conferences and events held at the Euskalduna Centre have drawn leading personalities from a variety of disciplines, like Valentín Fuster –Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research and Director of Mount Sinai Heart at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre in New York–, Mario José Molina –Nobel Prize in Chemistry–, Shirin Ebadi –Nobel Peace Prize–, or Tim Berners-Lee, the “father” of the Internet.

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