Last October Welsh actor and social activist Michael Sheen visited the Basque Country in order to know in depth about the territory's transformation in the last few decades.

Last October Welsh actor Michael Sheen visited the Basque Country thanks to Agirre Center. Apart from being a Hollywood star (Masters of Sex, The Queen, Frost/Nixon, Underworld, Midnight in Paris, The Twilight Saga, Blood Diamond, The Damned United, Kingdom of Heaven, Tron: Legacy), he has become a leading figure in the fight against inequality in the UK. 

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Sheen grew up in Port Talbot, Wales, a town that is best known as the home of Port Talbot Steelworks, one of the biggest steelworks in the world, which employs over 10% of the town’s population. The factory has been under threat of closure during the last few years, with everything that it entails for the town and its citizens. Sheen's very own foundation aims to help his hometown, not only reinventing itself through innovation, but also creating a social and economic transformation process.

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This has resulted on a visit to the Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa, due to the actor’s great interest in the cooperative movement of Mondragon and the spectacular transformation of Bilbao, a port and steel town just like Port Talbot.

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After visiting Mondragon Corporation’s facilities in Arrasate, accompanied by representatives from Prospektiker and Mondragon Unibertsitatea, he visited Mondragon Team Academy in Bilbao, where students and coaches shared their own experiences.

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Sheen also met Guggenheim Bilbao Museum director Juan Ignacio Vidarte and former Basque President and Agirre Lehendakaria Center director Juan Jose Ibarretxe, who shared his unique perspective as one of the main makers of the Basque social and economic transformation over the last few decades.

Besides sharing the Basque case internationally, this visit has opened up new opportunities for future joint projects between the Basque Country and Wales.

He also had the time to talk to Agirre Center about Basque culture, here's the video:

Thanks a lot, Michael! Eskerrik asko, Michael!