The celebration of Euskera Day 2017 organized by the Euskal Erria Basque Club was especially dedicated to commemorate the Bombing of Gernika, on the year of the 80th anniversary of this tragic event. With historian Xabier Irujo, Director of the Center for Basque Studies in Reno, NV, as special guest an exhibit on the bombing was inaugurated and Irujo gave a series of talks. In this context, a plaque was also unveiled in Florida.
Midnight on Sunday is the deadline to send your ideas to the Basque Government for a date to celebrate Diasporaren Eguna – Diaspora Day. Remember that the Directorate of the Basque Community Abroad has requested suggestions and reasoning to decide which day of the year would be the most appropriate to celebrated Diaspora Day in the Basque Country and around the world. It would be a day to show, reach out, celebrate and declare the extension that the Diaspora is of Euskal Herria in the world.
The Basque club has great news to share with the community: In 2018 all of its activities, dances, Euskera and food events will take place at their new clubhouse. The locale is situated in the center of the city, and club members have already had the chance to visit, holding their end of year party there. The formal inauguration won’t take place until the end of January with other Basque club representatives in the area also attending.
It is Christmas time, New Year's Eve is close and this long weekend many people and families in the Basque Country and its diaspora will meet to share and enjoy time together. Many Euskal Etxeak all over the world already enjoyed their last gatherings and festivals of the year, celebrating together Euskera Day/Christmas/End of the Year. Thank you for all your work, for being there and for being part of our big little family in the Basque Diaspora. Zorionak!
On December 3, International Euskera Day (Euskararen Nazioarteko Eguna ENE), Eusko Ikaskuntza announced that the ENE Saria 2017 would be awarded to the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Xabier Irujo, Director of the Center, received the award on December 13th from Eusko Ikaskuntza President, Iñaki Dorronsoro. The ENE award is a reproduction of the anagram designed by Basque artist Nestor Basterretxea.
A charitable campaign in Chile is receiving the response of donors in this country, including members of the Basque Diaspora, in response to the blood necessities of Basque students, Irati I.L. and Aitana M.K. who were severely injured when the bus they were traveling in wrecked. The accident resulted in two people being injured and two fatalities. Article by Teresa Flaño today in El Diario Vasco.
Irene Larraza, current director of the Promotion and Diffusion of Culture at the Etxepare Basque Institute will now take the reins of the institution in January. She will be filling the vacancy made by Miren Arzalluz, who will leave the position as director in order to take a job managing the Palais Galliera, fashion museum in Paris.
Although founded in 1991, the Euskal Etxea in General Belgrano, in the province of Buenos Aires, hasn’t been active over the last few years. This year, 2017, that is now ending, has included its reactivation. Its members have once again started to gather and besides organizing cultural activities, have also elected a board of directors and have resurrected their legal status. Full activity will resume in 2018 with dance, cooking and Euskera classes.
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We continue with the last end-of-year activities from Basque clubs. Only a week left before we say goodbye to this year and we begin the goals and projects of 2018. Basque students and teachers in the Diaspora will surely have the goal to continue studying and spreading the Basque language. This climate of commitment to the language is present in many of the last Basque club events of 2017. A new influx of testimonies.