Everything is ready in Barcelona to start the Basque film festival, Zinemaldia.cat, organized by the Euskal Etxea. It will begin on February 6 with an inaugural gala in the Girona theaters. This year there will be some novelties with prizes awarded “Txapela D’Or” with a cash prize, in three categories: best fiction, best documentary and best movie in Basque. There will also be a parallel activity dedicated to children – Txo! – a marathon of films by Julio Medem, a meeting point for professionals in A/V of the Basque Country and Catalonia and much more.
Alberto de Sarasqueta, from Bilbao, has been living in China for seven years where he coordinates the Mondragon Industrial Park in Kunshan, near Shanghai, inaugurated in 2007 to house Basque companies. They are one thousand workers, around forty of them expatriates, many young Basque professionals. He acts as a bridge between both Chinese and Western worlds.
The Eskual Etxea in Paris is impatient and eager to kick off Korrika 19, and they have everythign ready to join in on this race in favor of Euskera, with a festive route through the streets of Paris. It will take place on March 7, leaving from Montmatre, to the Euskal Etxea in Saint Ouen. To get your mouth watering, here is a video that features some of the spots along the way. Whose ready to sign up?
We are still receiving reports and photos of Tamborrada celebrations that have taken place again this year throughout the Diaspora. The passion for this celebration is catching on and those who have celebrated it once, playing the March of San Sebastian with drum and sticks, in the best case, or on any other surface in the absence of other means, can’t wait to do it again. We leave you with a photo chronicle of the festivities in Sydney, Mexico, Lima and Caracas.
With a degree in geography, Roger Sallas is a youth that has always been preoccupied by the world of culture and associations, revitalizing the neighborhood in his native Badalona. Since April 2014, he is the force behind the Basque showcase in Catalonia which is Barcelona’s Euskal Etxea.
Individual and collective creators developing their activity in Gipuzkoa and Lapurdi can apply for aid for cross-border creation provided by Bitamine Faktoria. The deadline to apply is March 31. Eligible applicants should be between the ages of 20 and 40.
Ramon Ysursa passed away on Wednesday in Boise. He was a well-known American Basque born in Boise and a unique member of the Basque community. Ramon Ysursa is the father of the Idaho Secretary of State, Ben Ysursa, as well as of historian and Basque-American author John Ysursa, who served as NABO’s facilitator for years and is currently a professor at Boise State University and director of its Basque Studies Consortium.
He may have been the first Basque to travel on Air Force One. Boise’s Mayor, Basque-American Dave Bieter, had to travel from Washington DC to Boise, and at the last minute got a friend to help him out. The friend, Barack Obama and the means of transport, one of the most exclusive in the world: the presidential airplane Air Force One. What did they talk about during the trip? Well, among other things, his grandfather who came to the US as a sheepherder (vídeo)
EuskalKultura.com is featuring a new section, a blog space signed by different people in the Basque Country as well as in the Diaspora that will include opinions, information, comments and reflections on Basque Diaspora and Culture topics. First signer are Noel Elorga from Bidarrai, Lower Navarre; Pedro J. Oiarzabal, from the University of Deusto, in Bilbao; and Marita Echave, from Coronel Moldes, Argentina along with a post and a general presentation by Joseba Etxarri, director of EuskalKultura.com. You can see the posts on the front page, after the photo gallery. Each blogger chooses his/her language, so that there will be entries in English, Basque, Spanish and French.
The year has started strong for the Basque community in Cuba as it hosted the 11th edition of the international conference on the Basque Diaspora “Euskal Herria Mugaz Gaindi” on January 12-14th. On this occasion, the main focus of the conference was the history of Basques in Cuba, and during the three days various researchs were presented on the topic.