First stage

The first four editions of the Fair, running from 1988 to 1991, straddled the months of January and February. Despite the differences between the first and second stages, the spirit of that first phase has remained intact. On the one hand, since the outset, one of the goals has been to open new markets and promote professional shows from the Basque Country, Spain and abroad. On the other, to bring the Fair itself to the locals and to inundate the city with theatre

In this first stage the shows were above all performed on the city’s most iconic stages: the Victoria Eugenia Theatre and the Principal Theatre. But they were also held in other spaces (San Telmo Museum, the City Hall basement, etc.) in the endeavour to offer a wider selection. The first four editions were exclusively dedicated to the theatre. In addition to the seated programme, a number of shows were also held in the streets of the city.