Following the resignation of the person who was initially assigned the post, the Official Bulletin of the Basque Country, published this month the naming of Intza Balenciaga, who had been initially named to serve in Vitoria-Gasteiz, for the vacancy in Boise, Idaho beginning on December 16th, although she is not expected in Boise until the beginning of the new year due to visa constraints. Mikel Moreno Fernandez will be the new intern at the Directorate for the Basque Community Abroad in Vitoria-Gasteiz.
To begin the New Year with a good plan is more than hoping for it, and a plan that includes getting to know Euskal Herria or returning there during the winter in Argentina, summer in Europe is without a doubt a very good one. The contingent will leave Ezeiza on August 24th and will submerge themselves in the life, geography and culture of Euskal Herria for 17 days, in the constant company of tour organizer, Mariana Domine Irigoyen.
This contest aims to support and stimulate the use of Euskera in the heart of the Basque clubs and communities, organized by the Euskaltzaleok and Laurak Bat Basque Clubs in Valencia, in two categories: those who are studing Basque and native or fluent speakers. The originals should be sent via email by January 20th.
We are coming to the end of 2016 and along with that the end of the term of current President of the University of the Basque Country, Iñaki Goirizelaia, who after serving two terms, and eight years in the job, will now pass the baton to Nekane Balluerka, member of his team and the one elected last November to replace him. Goirizelaia, Professor of Telematics Engineering, and 58 years of age, will travel in 2017 to the US, where he will teach post-doc courses at Boise State University beginning in March.
As every year at this time, Lehendakari Urkullu has sent his traditional Christmas message to euskal etxeas and Basque communities around the world. On this occasion, after a year of commemorating and recognizing the first Lehendakari, Jose Antonio Aguirre, and that first Basque Government and the Basques and friends of Basques in the Diaspora who welcomed them in this difficult time in history. Urkullu also mentions the Basque Global Network.
It is Christmas once again and we are taking advantage of the occasion, dear reader, to send you our best wishes for a wonderful and fruitful 2017 full of new opportunities. Thank you again for being there and being part of our big little family in the Basque Diaspora. Eskerrik asko as well, to everyone who has been in touch over the last few days, sending us your good wishes. Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!
Aizpea Goenaga, who served as the director for the last six years of the Etxepare Basque Institute, will not continue in this position as of January. The Minister of Culture, Bingen Zupiria, has appointed Miren Azalluz to this position. Goenaga had served as the director of Etxepare since its beginnings in 2010, and was in charge of getting the Institute going along with Mari Jose Olaziregi, who left her position some weeks ago. We include Aizpea Goenaga’s farewell note here.
by the Argetine side, the sister city agreement between the localities of Azul in the Province of Buenos Aires and Lumbier-Irunberri, in Nafarroa is expected to be set in 2017 with the possibility of both places naming one of its streets with the name of the other shortly. Further down the road, the institutionalization of the bond will become the framework for cultural exchanges that would enrich both.
When 2016 concludes, in a few days, EuskalKultura.com will lose one of its members that has been an integral part of the project for 12 years, journalist Begoña Miñaur, and will also close its office in Donostia. The project will continue, but with less staff and resources, forced by the economic situation. The forecasts made earlier this year have not been met, and revenues that were planned on, never came forth, so there is not a choice. We are taking advantage to thank Bego publicly for her 12 years of dedication.
This year at the HABE stand at the Durango Book Fair, visitors were asked: “What can I do for Euskera?” The answers from those who participated were gathered and among all of them, an iPad mini was awarded to Kepa Ramos. He was presented the prize by Joseba Erkizia, HABE director. Following are some of the answers. And you? What can you for Euskera?