This third installment concludes our series dedicated to the anniversary of the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This initiative by the institution that host this festival in some of the most emblematic places in the city showcased last year the Basque culture, its reality in Europe, as well as the one in America and the work made by Americans of Basque origin to maintain their cultural features and identity.
The big festival of Bulls is known mainly as a Pamplona event, but Basque and Navarran clubs also do great work recreating the atmosphere of San Fermin thousands of kilometers from its epicenter. In this way, a tribute to the patron of Navarre is replicated all over the world, combining the tradition with a touch of local. In Argentina, the majority of the festivities took place on the weekend. Here we include the first installment of the photo gallery.
The event where a sapling of the Tree of Gernika was planted in the US Capitol gardens took place a year ago at a ceremony that Basques Country representatives who attended, will remember for some time. The event also provided Basque-Americans present, from all over the country, a very unique memory as well. This video includes Garamendi’s address that was full of pride for his Basque roots; and the planting itself.
In hopes of reaching more people, the Patagonian Baskos de la Confluencia Basque Club has aired a new radio program, “Txalaparta,” a short 10-minute program that will include information on club activities and in general on various cultural events in the Basque Country, as well as music, sports, history and language, among other topics. “Txalaparta will be broadcast on Radio Confluencia FM 94.5 in Cipolletti every day on rotating schedules.
It took place June 29-July 10th, in two segments including the emblematic date of July 4th. A year ago Basques from Europe as well as from several US states arrived in Washington DC to present themselves as a people and culture in this privileged showcase that is the Smithsonian Folklif Festival. Over the two weeks, they showed the American public pieces of their history and culture. We have selected some videos of the event.
While rehearsing its new themes added to its repertoire of traditional Basque folklore music, the group will present “Bagare” in August an audiovisual project directed by Majo Staffolani de Amoriza and filmed at the Laurak Bat headquarters. The video shows the musicians playing the well-known song by the same name by Gontzal Mendibil. Among their upcoming projects, the ensemble, led by albokari Ignacio Esquiroz, anticipates its first album by mid-2018
There are just a few details left at the Basque Plaza before tomorrow’s inauguration in Tres Arroyos, Argentina, some 500 kilometers from Buenos Aires. It is more like a park, presided by a monument and a silhouette of a map of the Basque Country with a Lauburu in the middle that was recently installed. The sculpture is the work of members of the local Hiru Erreka Basque club, Horacio Jaureguibehere, Francisco Urbieta and Alejandro Cordi. Zorionak!
We are going to see if it works. We added the link to the live broadcast that ETB will air of the Txupinazo in Pamplona. If it works as we hope it will, and there are no technical difficulties, and if the site doesn’t collapse, you will be able to watch it live. Follow the steps reading this article. We take advantage of this to congratulate and wish all of the members od the Diaspora that celebrate this eventa great celebration including Basque clubs, Navarrese clubs, groups of friends and any other. Gora San Fermin!
Euzkal Etxea announced that some artists and guests from the Basque Country have already confirmed their attendance at SNV that will take place November 6-12. The Club also advanced that the preparations for the event are going at a good pace all while maintaining the club’s regular activities, including a this last charity event by its cooks. Caritas of San Nicolas celebrated its 50th anniversary and entrusted the services of the club, a reference in the city in activities of solidarity and large-scale food preparation.
In the middle of the hot California summer, every first Sunday of July, the Southern California Basque Club (SCBA) celebrates its annual Basque picnic. This year Chino is also the site for NABO’s Udaleku, as usually every eight years, and so the picnic landed in the middle of the two-week camp allowing participants to share what they had learned to that point. And that is what happened on Saturday and Sunday with 100 kids from NABO’s summer camp participating in the SCBC picnic.