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Intza Balenciaga, from Donostia, will be the new Basque Government intern in Boise in 2017

12/27/2016

Miren Perez Eguireun was Basque government's first intern in Boise, ID (photo EuskalKultura.com)

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.

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Trip from Argentina to Euskal Herria in 2017: Mariana Domine is getting ready for another tour group in August

12/27/2016

Group that traveled to Euskal Herria in 2016

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.

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The Euskaltzaleaok and Laurak Bat Basque Clubs in Valencia have announced the 4th Letters from the Diaspora Contest

12/26/2016

Poster for the 4th Letters of the Diaspora Contest organized by the Euskaltzaleok and Laurak Bat Basque Clubs in Valencia

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.

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After his term as President of the University of the Basque Country, Iñaki Goirizelaia, will teach at Boise State University

12/26/2016

Iñaki Goirizelaia

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.

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Traditional Christmas message from the Lehendakari to members of Basque communities abroad

12/23/2016

Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu

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.

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Zorionak friends, with our best wishes for a wonderful and fruitful New Year

12/23/2016

This year’s Christmas card from EuskalKultura.com shows members of the Euskal Etxea in Brussels singing to the Olentzero in this European Capital.  Mila esker!

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!

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Aizpea Goenaga, director of Etxepare for the last six years, will not continue to lead the Institute in 2017

12/23/2016

Presentation of the Etxepare Basque Institute in 2010 with Mari Jose Olaziregi and the Minister of Culture at the time, Blanca Urgell and Aizpea Goenaga (photoEuskalKultura.com)

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.

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Everything is on track for the sister city agreements between Azul, Prov. of Buenos Aires and Lumbier, Nafarroa

12/23/2016

Cousins from Azul Alfredo Dussio Aristu and Sara Aristu Peralta (second and thirs on the left in the second row) at the 2016 festivities in Lumbier-Irunberri

 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.

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EuskalKultura.com will continue, but at the end of December we will reduce our team and leave our headquarters

12/22/2016

Bego Miñaur (first on the right) in a photo taken in the office in 2013.  Having an office, allowed us to have interns and collaborators s, among other things (photo BasqueTribune.com)

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. 

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The iPad mini in HABE’s contest “What can I do for Euskera,” went to Kepa Ramos

12/22/2016

Winner Kepa Ramos, left, receiving the prize from HABE director Joseba Erkizia (photoHABE)

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? 

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