Azkuna Zentroa, Bilbao

Stepping into Azkuna Zentroa, you feel you’ve entered a world of contradictions— labyrinthine yet accessible, sombre yet playful

Abhay Adhikari
2 min readMar 20, 2019

I’ve just returned from Spain after a planning meeting with our Culture Lab partners Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao, a UNESCO City of Design. The Culture Lab is a unique program for artists, musicians, performers, writers, makers and designers to find meaningful ways to use digital technologies in their projects as well as create new connections with audiences globally.

Colleagues in the Bastida Sala, Azkuna Zentroa

Pictured here are my colleagues in the Bastida Sala, named after Ricardo Bastida, Azkuna Zentroa’s (Az) original architect. This is where we’ll hold one of our events during the 6-month Lab.

What you see here, is a glimpse of the evocative space designed by Philippe Starck. Stepping into Azkuna Zentroa, you feel you’ve entered a world of contradictions — labyrinthine yet accessible, sombre yet playful.

Honestly, I couldn’t be happier that this remarkable centre in the heart of the city is our partner!

The Culture Lab has three parts:

  • A two-day laboratory for thirty participants
  • A symposium questioning whether social networks are relevant to artistic practice
  • A 3-month online residency for 10 participants to work on the idea they developed in the laboratory

If you are part of a collective or organization, up to three members of your collective can participate. 30 artists, collective and/or cultural practitioners will be selected. To find out more, please click here.

Abhay Adhikari
Founder, Digital Identities



Abhay Adhikari

I am interested in the context & values of our Digital Identities.