The Parc de L’aventure Basque en Amérique, the interpretation center of Basque history located in northerrn Quebec, will celebrate Halloween tomorrow, November 1st. It will be the first event after a “very good summer,” as Mélanie Paquet, director of the center, tells EuskalKultura.com. Along with this family-style All Hallows’ Day, they museum will also celebrate the fourth ‘Carnaval pistoneige,’ in February, and will receive students from different schools of the region all through the year.
The Direction for the Basque Community Abroad has published the list of entities and people who have been awarded grants provided to those in situations of extreme need in the Diaspora. Up to 86 people will receive this grants.
The Provincial Government of Bizkaia has launched “Bizkaidatz, You Write this Story,” a literary contest with a special feature: two stories are presented, one in Basque and the other in Spanish, and participants have to finish them. In this edition, Ana Urkiza will begin the story in Basque and Ivan Repila will do the one in Spanish. The contest is open to the Diaspora and has two separate awards of 1,500 Euros in each category.
Members of the Txoko Ona Basque Club, in Homedale, Idaho celebrated, this past Saturday, their annual fall dinner. They sold out the 130 tickets and enjoyed a dinner cooked by chef Jesus Alcelay. “We had such a good time that at the end we even forgot to toast for the mus players,” said joking Gloria Garatea Lejardi, member of the euskal etxea, to EuskalKultura.com.
On the hundredth anniversary of the birth of the bibliographer, professor and Basque-American writer, Jon Bilbao Azkarreta, the Institute of Basque Studies at Deusto University remembers this figure with an exhibit and a day dedicated to his work. Bilbao was, along with anthropologist William Douglass and writer Robert Laxalt, a cofounder of today’s Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno, home of the largest Basque library outside of the Basque Country.
Jose Antonio Martinez Osses is one of the most important Alboka luthiers in Euskal Herria. His work has had invaluable repercussions in the world of traditional Basque music, not only in recuperating this instrument but also by improving its quality from the point of view of innovation and manufacturing the components in relation to new designs. Osses will be in Argentina from the end of October through the end of November and will tour Basque clubs to get to know the local Basque movement and teach workshops on this art. If you are interested, just email.
Starting today, Semana Vasca will be celebrated in Paraguay through Thursday the 30th with a program that includes placing a plaque in the San Jose College, founded in the 19th Century by the Betharram Basque priests, called “Bayoneses”. Invited guests who will also give talks include Sara Pagola, Delegate of Euskadi in Argentina and Mercorsur, and Joseba Etxarri, director of EuskalKultura.com.
The host had the upper hand, or in this case, donned the winning txapela at the 37th World Mus Championships, that took place this week in Cancun. Second place went to the team from Venezuela, followed by Euskadi. The championship left the participants with great memories, in spite of the persistent rain. They enjoyed a week of games and activities in this beautiful part of Mexico.
The exhibition on the philosopher from Bilbao by Olga Aristegui de Baliña took place at the Domingo F. Sarmiento Municipal Library of San Miguel. The group that celebrates its fifth anniversary this year anticipates its next talk, dedicated to the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, to take place on November 22nd in the same place.
California has held two concerts of three Basque music bands in the last few days. Pop-rock band Tania de Sousa and stoner-rockers Niña Coyote eta Chico Tornado played in San Francisco on the 18th and in Los Angeles this past Wednesday, along with the popular musician Fermin Muguruza. Ex Tijuana no! singer Ceci Bastida also joined the mini-tour with her solo band. “This is a very special tour for me –said Muguruza to EuskalKultura.com− for the people I’m playing with and because I decided to stay a little bit away from the stages.”