Even if Argentina is the champion regarding all things Basque in terms of the Diaspora, Uruguay isn’t far behind and boasts a history of a large percentage of its population impregnated by the legacy of the children of Aitor. EuskalKultura.com had yesterday in its office in Donostia the visit of Maritxu Saralegui and Enrique Poittevin, two Montevideo born Basques very active in the Basque Uruguayan community.
The International Day of Euskera is celebrated on December 3rd every year, and many Basque clubs in the Diaspora are joining in the event. We have heard of activities planned in every corner of the world: Sydney, Madrid, Mallorca, Berlin, Mexico, Quebec, Boise…We’ll leave you with a small live of those. There will be a separate article on activities in Argentina.
The book The Basque Exile in America, was presented yesterday in Bayonne at the Basque Museum, the latest volume in the Urazandi collection published by the Basque Government’s department of the Basque Community Abroad. The presentation included the participation of its author, journalist and researcher Koldo San Sebastian along with Asier Vallejo, Director of the Basque Community Abroad. This afternoon they will present the book in Vitoria-Gasteiz in the Salon de Grado at the UPV/EHU at 19:00, and tomorrow in Gernika at the Elai-Alai Hall, at 19:00.
The “Chapter of the Argentine Conference for Peace in the Basque Country” will be the setting for a Reading of a document through which the Argentine society is committed to supporting the resolution of the Basque conflict through “a path of dialogue for peace.” The event, organized by the International Group of Contact, the Social Movement for dialogue, “Lokarri,” represented by its coordinator, Paul Rios and the Service for Peace and Justice “Serpaj” in Argentina, represented by Adolfo Perez Esquivel. The event will also be attended by various personalities in the worlds of politics and culture and members of the Basque Diaspora in the country.
The celebration took place at the Independence Plaza in the Argentine city of Tandil, where the Danborrada, dances and typical costumes told the neighbors that the Basques were celebrating. After the show, the dance continued at the Basque club. The anniversary activities will continue this week with a talk, a photo exhibit, a pelota tournament, among other activities.
Tomorrow, the presentation of the latest volume of the Urazandi collection published by the Basque Government aims to acquaint readers with the history of the Basque clubs and the Basques around the world. This last volume was written by journalist, writer and TV producer, Koldo San Sebastian, who is passionate about the Basque Diaspora. The book details the tour of the exiled Basques to the American continent after the Civil War, in a story that features the figure of Lehendakari Jose Antonio Agirre.
The group runs restaurants for example at the Euskal Etxea in Madrid, or that of Euskal Etxea of Barcelona and others like the Sagardi in Buenos Aires…currently a total of 24 Basque-cooking establishments. Work has begun to open two new venues in the beginning of 2015 in Shanghai and Mexico, announcing that four more will open by year’s end. With its president and founder Iñaki Lopez de Viñaspre at the head, it is expected to invest 9 million euros in 2015 and to create 240 jobs. Today there are a total of 640 employees.
Even if it’s one of the newest Basque clubs in Argentina, the Basque club in Puerto Madryn, in the province of Chubut, has taken steps from its foundation until today including managing land where they will build a clubhouse. While they await the allocation of space, members of Etorritakoengatik display ikurriñas and Basque dances at local events.
Today the Japanese version of Linguae Vasconum Primitiae, the first work to be published in Basque in 1545 by Bernat Etxepare, is being launched. Published in Japan by the prestigious Heibonsha publishers, the presentation of this work by Etxepare to the local public is the work of professors Sho Hagio and Hiromi Yoshida, both Basque speakers who did the translation of the texts along with accompanying texts that also includes a preface by Ur Apalategi.
This weekend they will play in India, and from there they’ll travel to Argentina where they will give a concert on December 14 in Buenos Aires, presenting “Nomadak TX” for the first time on Argentine soil. The concert is based on the award-winning documentary by the same name, a sort of musical road movie where the band travels the world. The Basque-Argentine Silvia Iriondo is joining them in Buenos Aires and the group is also ready to give txalaparta workshops at some Basque clubs in the days preceding. Do you want to apply?