(Friday Welcome Dance, open event)
Dating back to the late 1800s, by which time San Sebastián had become a popular summer destination for the rich and famous, this building originally housed the city's "Gran Casino". The architecture (by Luis Aladren y Morales de los Ríos) was inspired by Montecarlo's famous casino, and the venue was inaugurated by the Queen Regent herself in 1887.
The roulettes and elegant ballroom were not to last, however, and the Casino closed its doors in 1924 when gambling was prohibited.
In the 20s the building briefly served as a Red Cross Hospital for those wounded in the Rif War, and in 1947 the city's administration was moved from Plaza Constitución (in the Old Town) to the former casino.
On Friday we will travel back and time and turn the Town Hall into a ballroom again!
Set on a hill overlooking the Bay, Miramar Palace boasts one of the finest views in the city. It's an English-style palace, commissioned by the Spanish Royal Family in 1893. The close relationship between San Sebastián and the Spanish Royal Crown began with Isabella II of Spain, who, in the mid-19th century, would summer in the city in order to bathe in the sea. The relationship grew stronger when the queen, María Cristina of Austria, moved the court’s summer location to San Sebastián and commissioned the construction of a Royal Summer House, Miramar Palace, to English architect Selden Wornum. Today the palace belongs to the City of San Sebastián and hosts university courses and cultural events.
Two rooms with wooden floors will be available to us, in addition to the back and front terraces (the latter facing the bay)!
(Saturday Party and Classes)
The Kursaal Congress Centre and Auditorium is located right by the mouth of the Urumea river and facing Zurriola, one of Donostia’s three beaches, and a favorite among surfers. This emblematic building was designed by the prestigious Spanish architect Rafael Moneo and, among many other events, hosts the biggest film festival in Spain, the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Saturday's party will take place in the Kursaal: over 500m2 of wooden floor where we’ll dance the night away!