Every year, on December 3rd on the International Day of Euskera - Euskararen Nazioarteko Eguna the award based on its initials ENE is awarded in hopes of recognizing the work of groups and entities engaged in the Basque Diaspora in favor of the Basque language, its instruction, use, or promotion. If you are aware of such an organization or group, you should nominate them by next Wednesday.
The event organized annually by the Federation of Basque Institutions in Uruguay (FIVU) this year included instruction on Basque traditional instruments. The workshops were taught by Haize Hegoa club member, Agustin Trigo Sarraute, who attended the Gaztemundu Program in the Basque Country this September that also focused on instruments. The Uruguayan Udaleku was held on the beaches of the Departments of Canelones and was also an excellent opportunity to delve into Euskera.
This is the usual meeting that takes place at the beginning of the school year, when Basque teachers from Basque clubs in various European countries suggest topics and issues, share and discuss their experiences, as well as update their materials and information to make their teaching better. That is what they did again, when 17 teachers from clubs in Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Valencia, Bordeaux, Rome, Valladolid, Pau and London gathered for the weekend at the hosting club in Bordeaux.
The 38th edition of the Festival of European-Argentine Communities in Bariloche, in the Andes Mountain area, also includes a large Basque presence. The Mendiko Eusko Etxea didn’t only have a food stand, but also performed on stage where they performed a suite based on the Xiberoko Maskarada, and included the participation of all of the club’s dance groups.
Organized by the Sociedad Bascongada de los Amigos del País in Mexico and the Historic Archive José María Basagoiti Noriega at the College of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, better known as the College of the Vizcainas, the third International Conference “The Basque-Navarrese Presence in Mexico and Central America 16th-21st Centuries,” will begin on Thursday, November 9th in the Chapel of Saint Ignatius of Loyola at this 250 years old Basque-Mexican Institution.
The Euskal Echea Basque club in Comodoro Rivadavia wil celebrate its 95th anniversary next year, but the festivities have already begun. 2017 continues to be an optimum year for the club that didn’t only gather three hundred guests for its annual dinner, but also welcomed Mikel Ezkerro, as well as the girls from the local Haize Dantzari group who performed a version of “Zinta Dantza” that they had learned online form the Duguna Group in Pamplona.
The city of San Nicolas, in the province of Buenos Aires will be the host of this year’s Semana Nacional Vasca November 6-12 when it will become the epicenter of a large number of cultural manifestations from the Basque Country. It will also be an international meeting point for Basques, their descendants and friends of the community. As part of the festivities the host Basque club will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Etxe Nasaia program, one of its most important solidarity projects.
From Tuesday to Saturday, November 7-11, the Conference “Science and Exile,” will take place in Donostia-San Sebastian, “in hopes of analyzing the work and contributions of exiled scientists from Euskal Herria and the Republic, and to salvage the intellectual heritage.” Organized by the Hamaika Bide Association and the University of the Basque Country (UPV-EHU), this conference happens every two years and works to recover and disseminate the proper names and contributions made from exile.
Gaztemundu is a program organized annually by the Basque Government for youth belonging to Basque clubs around the world, and is something that is especially well-received in the Diaspora. The latest edition the focus was on music and gathered musicians and individuals who play traditional instruments at their respective Basque clubs. The website of the Euzko Etxea in Villa Maria, Argentina, now includes a testimony by Nicolas, club member, telling about his experience.
The messages were deposited in a time capsule in hopes that in fifty years, they will be read by the new generations in the city. The time capsule was buried next to the Immigrant Monument, inaugurated during the 150th anniversary festivities of Benito Juarez’s party. Referents of the Euskal Juarez Basque club were in attendance and promised that their descendants would be part of the capsule’s opening ceremony in 2067.