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I came across this interesting statue in the Parque de Arenal. It is a Statue of Balendin Enbeita (1906-1986), who was a well known Basque bertsolari (improviser of sung verses)
Balentine Enbeita Goiria was born on June 20th 1906 in Muxika (Bizkaia), he died at the age of 80, following a farming accident. He came from a family, where the skills of Improvisation had been passed through the generations.
He saw active service at the front line, and was imprisoned in 1936. Under Franco, he returned to Inprovisation, and its promotion. In 1958 and 59 he won a prestigious Improvisation competition.
As well as his storytelling/ singing, Enbeita was skilled at the writen verse - particularly pieces about the Basque region and his village. He published many magazine articles, and a collection of his verses was published in 1974
Address: Parque de Arenal, Bilbao
Directions: Near Arenal
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