Traditional Basque sports (Herri Kirolak) are one of the essential parts of Bilbao basque FEST. Skill, strength and ability come together in exhibitions and challenges that each year leave the public holding their breath as they capture these iconic images on their phones. Tourists and locals will also be able to take part in these disciplines through various workshops that allow them to play the role of a ‘harrijasotzaile’ (stone lifter) or test their strength in wheel dragging.

Exciting sawing, anvil and stone challenges, tugs of war and weight carrying events will bring together hundreds of people at Arenal Pier. This year’s programme also includes the Official Bizkaia Mixed Cart Championship (Orga Joko).