October 12 Argentina celebrates the Day for Respect for Cultural Diversity, as a national public holiday. As a part of that, the First Meeting of the Integration of Peoples was held at the Latin American Park in the Department of Albardon, in the Province of San Juan. Invited by authorities form the House of Motril, the Basque club participated in the meeting with flag bearers and a stand and their children dressed for the occasion.
Basque athletes participating in the New York marathon on November 2, will have the opportunity to run this renowned race representing the Basque Country. The Basque Government, invites participants from the Basque Country as well as members of the Diaspora to wear the t-shirt designed by the Basque Athletics Federation for this special occasion. The ones interested will get the t-shirt in the reception organized the day before. The project is a shared inictiave of the Basque Federation of Athletics, the Directorate of Youth and Sports of the Basque Government and the Delegation of Euskadi in the United States.
The headquarters is located in a central location in the city and is a shared space with the “Mujer, Paz y Desarrollo,” NGO (Women, Peace and Development) , an entity that provides space to the Basque association so that it can carry out part of its activities there. All moved in at Parana 197, Gerora has confirmed a vast program of activities from here until December that includes the Euskera Week and a Meeting on Minority Languages, among others.
Izotz Aldana, originally from Gernika is 38 years old and has lived in Shanghai since 2010 where he went to open a new factory for the company in Arrasate he works for. At first he had a hard time adapting. Now he plans to stay in China for two more, and is currently the president of the only Basque club in the country.
Sol Marina Mutuberria is 16 years old, a dancer and in the main parade for Immigrant Day in Chascomus she was crowed the Queen of the 2014 Festival. As part of the festivities, Don Lucio Lahurnagaray was also honored, originally from Zugarramurdi and the first club president. It was a jam packed weekend for the Basque club that also presented its dance group and had a stand at the festival that took place at the local Liberty Plaza.
The seminar/workshop provided as part of FEVA’s cultural offerings, will take place next Friday October 17th and will be run by Ricardo Basterra. The event is part of the projects that the Basque club has lined up and that also includes an activity on Basque sports that will take place in 2015, among others. In the meantime, the club has strengthened its membership and after celebrating San Ignacio with more than 200 guests, it is also planning on attending the Semana Nacional Vasca in La Plata.
New England Basque Club moved its Basque language classes from Portsmouth to Boston – “It’s a step forward,” organizer Gorka Ochoa told Euskalkultura.com. “There are more people here and the age difference among the students is not that big.” Twelve students have started the course: six intermediates that will learn the language with Ochoa and another six beginners that will be taught by Idaho native Kattalina Berriochoa.
The cultural stand was open to the public every day during the Fair and became a true point of attraction for those who wanted to find out about the origin of their last name and the location of the villages they come from on a map of Euskal Herria. Among the visitors greeted by Ongi Etorri was Argentine writer Sylvia Iparraguirre, who autographed and gifted a book to the institution.
Full of energy, Twin Falls, Idaho native, Sue Legarreta, answers the phone to talk to Euskalkultura.com about her last project: ‘Legarreta Storybook – Family Cookbook.’ Published in a booklet format, it contains 300 plus recipes she gathered through her 68 years of life. “I love cooking, it’s my passion. The only thing I love more than cooking is my family,” she admits.
Loyal to its tradition, the Basque club in the Argentine city of Laprida accompanied the local community in various celebrations that took place in September. It was present at the event and parade marking the 125th anniversary of Laprida; and it contribuited with its dantzaris and the main speaker to the 1st Regional Meeting of Communities. Along with this news, the Basque club also announced that it will name its library after Magdalena Moujan Otaño at an event that will take place on December 7th.