What it is
The reason for awarding the Golden Drum is to distinguish individual or corporate persons who, as a result of their daily business, their professional background and influence or for any other reason, have actively and notably contributed to consolidating a positive and attractive external image of the city, increasing its potential for tourism, enabling knowledge of the place, etc. The distinction can be awarded posthumously when warranted by the circumstances.
The award was created in 1967. Initially the rules for granting the distinction only allowed it to go to personalities who had not been born in San Sebastián. The rules changed in 1986 to allow the distinction to go to those born in the city as well.
Today a single Golden Drum is given every year and it can be left unawarded if necessary.
Golden Drum 2023 Javier García Cogorro
Golden Drum 2022 Esther Ferrer Ruiz
How it is decided
The citizens of San Sebastián can propose their candidates and make their arguments as to why they think that the said person should receive the award. An analysis is made of the proposals and the Meeting of Spokespeople makes a first selection of 3 candidates at the most.
If at the time of selecting the finalists, there is a qualified majority of the Meeting of Spokespeople around a candidacy by two thirds of its members and with a weighted representation of the Plenary, the Golden Drum may be granted directly. If this majority is not achieved, the election of the Golden Drum will be opened to the public through a popular vote. Finally, the City Council Plenary session approves granting of the Golden Drum to the chosen person.
List of winners - Golden Drum
Javier García Cogorro
CEO of Viralgen. For his career and contribution to promoting the city as a city of science and knowledge
Esther Ferrer Ruiz
Due to COVID19 the Golden Drum was not granted.
Real Sociedad women's football and hockey teams
Queen's Cup (Copa de la Reina) champions (football) and European Cup runners-up (hockey).
Dña. Rosa García
Spokesperson for the "Stop Desahucios" ("Stop Evictions") platform.
Elected by popular vote. Paralympic swimmer, winner of sixteen medals at the Summer Paralympics Games between 1996 and 2012.
The prize was declared void.
Sculptor and engraver from San Sebastian.
Chef at the Akelarre restaurant and president of Eurotoques.
Child psychiatrist. Vice President of the World Association of Child Psychiatry and renowned specialist in autism. He is currently head of the Gipuzkoa Polyclinic Child and Adolescent Psychiatry service and has contributed over the last three decades to the development of Gautena (Autism Guipuzcoan Association). He won the award for projecting the good name of the city in the scientific and medical field, and for his key role in bringing the International Congress on Autism-International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) to San Sebastian.
Clásica de San Sebastián
Cycling race held in the month of August whose route begins and ends in the city. It was part of the Cycling World Cup from its creation in 1989 until the 2004 edition. It is currently the only one-day State event included in the UCI WorldTour (formerly the UCI ProTour).
CD Fortuna KE
For the organization of the Behobia-San Sebastián race, a popular race that runs between Behobia (neighborhood of Irún) and San Sebastián, several tens of thousands of people usually participate.
Footballer trained in Antiguoko (a San Sebastián's football club). World Champion in 2010 with the Spanish National Team.
La Oreja de Van Gogh
Pop music group from San Sebastián, they are awarded for naming the city and its festivities in the lyrics of their songs on more than one occasion, making their city known to the world through their songs.
Promoter of the Donosti Cup. Annual grassroots football tournament that brings together more than 200 teams from around the world.
Biologist from Donostia based in Madrid. President of Genetrix and the Inbiomed Foundation, "for her work in disseminating and promoting San Sebastián as an innovative and scientific city and her contribution to promoting from nowhere, against all odds, the conversion of Donostia into a Biopolo" The biologist would be elected a few months later Minister of Science and Innovation in the second cabinet of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.
Navarrese restaurateur (from Lerín) based in Madrid. Owner of Asador Donostiarra and Txistu, famous Basque restaurants in Madrid; "for his special connection with the city through its restaurants, his years close to the Real Sociedad or the Orfeón Donostiarra, his cult and dedication to Basque cuisine".
Music promoter from San Sebastián. He is awarded the Tambor for his work in hiring relevant concerts for the city with the tourist and cultural attraction they generate.
San Sebastián's restaurateur.
An open-air museum located in Hernani, just 10 km from San Sebastián, which includes the work of the sculptor from San Sebastian, Eduardo Chillida. Since its inauguration in 2000, it has become one of the most important cultural and tourist elements in the San Sebastián area, becoming a powerful factor of attraction and international importance.
The prize was declared void.
D. Ricardo Etxepare
Director since 1984 of the summer courses of the University of the Basque Country (UPV), which are held in San Sebastián and of the School of Industrial Technical Engineering of San Sebastián. Born in Irún
D. Diego Galán
Director of the Donostia/San Sebastián International Film Festival in the periods 1986-1989 and 1995-2000.
D. José Mª Olazabal
Golf player; born in Hondarribia
Dña. Ainhoa Arteta
Opera singer; soprano. Born in Tolosa
D. Elías Querejeta
Film producer born in Hernani
D. Javier Gil de Biedma
Businessman. President of the International Federation of Basque Pelota from 1970 to 1978. Vice President of Real Madrid between 1978 and 1992
D. Alfredo di Stéfano
D. Felipe E.Muguerza
President of the Basque Houses (Euskal Etxeak) of Argentina
D. Antonio Mercero
Film and television director and screenwriter born in Lasarte.
Dña. Araceli Gonzalez Campa
Journalist, presenter with Fernando Argenta of 'Clásicos Populares' and 'El conciertazo'
D. Fernando Martín de Argenta
Journalist, musician and popular presenter for years of 'Clásicos Populares' and 'El Conciertazo', two public radio and television programs that brought classical music closer to generations of Spaniards
D. Justo Segura
Gipuzkoan priest and missionary in Japan. For his work in establishing the twinning between San Sebastián and the Japanese city of Marugame.
D. Carmelo Urza
Biscayan university professor (from Erandio). Professor of Hispanic Philology at the University of Reno (Nevada) and coordinator of the study abroad program. For his contribution to the twinning between Reno and San Sebastián.
D. Xabier Oliver
Xabier Oliver president of the AEACP (Spanish Association of Advertising Communication Agencies) when, in 1993, the Advertising Film Festival was renamed the San Sebastian Advertising Festival.
D. Miguel Atutxa
Hotel entrepreneur, owner of the Aranzazu chain. For having inaugurated the emblematic Hotel Costa Vasca in 1979, the difficult time of transition, and later betting on the Aránzazu.
D. José Mª Odriozola
President of the Spanish Athletics Federation.
Sdad. Tour de France
Organizing company of the Tour de France. For having granted the start of the 1992 edition to the city.
D. Luis Irizar
Chef and master chef.
D. Antxon Lafont
Director of the Bayonne Chamber of Commerce
D. Marino Lejarreta
D. Emil Zatopek
D. Paco Ramos
Sevillian restaurateur, for being ambassador of San Sebastian in his city and throughout Andalusia.
D. Gabriel Celaya
D. Iñaki Gabilondo
Doña Pilar Miró
For her decisive role as General Director of Cinematography in the recovery of category A of the FIAPF of the San Sebastian Film Festival. It was tradition for the recipients of the Golden Drum to dine with the authorities on the night of the 19th at the Gaztelubide gastronomic society, whose regulations at that time prevented women from entering. That year the institutional representatives dined in Gaztelubide (lehendakari, deputy general and mayor), together with the other winner of that year; while Pilar Miró dined at the Arzak restaurant with the deputy mayor Pilar Larraina, the mayor's wife, the director of the San Sebastián Film Festival Diego Galán and the then councilor Odón Elorza.
Excmo.Sr. D. Beltrán Alfonso Osorio (XVIII Duque de Alburquerque)
Head of the House of the Counts of Barcelona.
Mr. Robert Laxalt
D. Alfredo Landa
The prize was declared void.
The plenary rejected that the distinction would go to the Dukes of Alba.
D. Giorgio Tononi
Mayor of Trento, a Italian city twinned with San Sebastián.
D. Oriol Bohigas
D. Mario Igual
D. Pello Aramburu
Founder of the Euskal Etxea (Basque Center)of Madrid.
English Athletics Federation
In recognition of the participation of outstanding British athletes in the San Sebastián International Cross.
D. Xabier Domingo Castaño
Two years later, the plenary session of the city council decided to take away the award as a result of a certain controversial article referring to the Basque Country that he wrote.
D. Armin Klein
For his work in relations with the twinned city of Wiesbaden.
D. Jesús Lopategui
Emigrant in the US.
Town of Tarbes (France)
For his effort after the accident of a bus going towards San Sebastián with San Sebastián's citizens.
In charge of bringing students from California.
Julio Caro Baroja
Writer, essayist and anthropologist.
Mr. Paul Dutournier
Mayor of Sara
Luis Coronel de Palma
Ambassador of Spain in Mexico.
President of the Higher Sports Council.
D. Mari Calabuig
Mr. Paul Barriere
Director of the Biarritz casino.
Vicente Etchegaray Ortiz
Resident in Mexico.
Excmo.Sr. D. José Manuel Goyeneche (Conde de Guaqui)
President of the Horse Breeding Society.
D. Rafael Cavero
President of the Athletics Federation.
Excmo.Sr. D. Marcelino Oreja
Politician and diplomat.
Ilmo.Sr.D. Enrique de Aldama
General Director of Roads, for his management in the construction of the San Sebastián Bypass.
D. Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
D. Luis Puig Esteve
President of the Spanish Cycling Federation.
D. Mariano Fernández Zúmel
Doctor and surgeon.
Ilmo.Sr.D. Mariano Horno Liria
Mayor of Zaragoza.
Dña. Josefina Carabias
D. Alfonso Sánchez
Journalist and film critic.
D. José Luis Pérez Solero
D. José Álvarez de las Asturias Bohorques Goyeneche
Personality linked to the Lasarte Racecourse.
D. F. Castro Pires de Lima
D. Manuel Rózpide
President of the Spanish Pelota Federation.
D. Victor Ruiz Iriarte
Mr. Jan Latto
D. Miguel Angel García Lomas
Person who managed the lighting of the Bahía de La Concha.
Ilmo.Sr. D. Luis Martin Pinillos
Excmo.Sr.D. Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena
D. Manuel Bastos
Famous and prestigious Aragonese doctor; known as one of the most faithful vacationers.
D. Miguel de Echarri
Director of the San Sebastian Film Festival.
D. Guy Petit
Mayor of the French-Basque city of Bayonne.
D. Guillermo Cebrian
Consul of Spain in Hendaye.