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Basque clubs in France will meet this Saturday at the Lagunt eta Maita Basque club in Pau

05/01/2015

Pau Basque club’s dancers at one of their last events in April (photoPauEE)

The Pau Basque club, Lagunt eta Maita, will be the site of the meeting of Basque clubs in France that will be attended by the clubs in Bordeaux and Paris, Lagunt eta Maita as well as friends coming from various places to enjoy the club’s annual festival. The event will also be attended by Asier Vallejo, Director of the Basque Community Abroad for the Basque Government.

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Literature, talks and music guarantees a Basque presence at the 41st Book Fair in Buenos Aires

04/30/2015

Shot of the Basque stand at the 2009 Book Fair (PhotoEuskalKultura.com)

As every year, the Juan de Garay Basque Argentinean Foundation will introduce its latest production at the International Book Fair in Buenos Aires.  Additionally, titles published in Argentina as well as the Basque Country will be available to the public until May 11 by various publishing houses.  The main events will take place on May 5 in the Hall Domingo F. Sarmiento and will include talks and concerts. 

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Federico Borras: “In Argentina there is a lot of sympathy for the Basques; if we don’t address it, it will fade”

04/30/2015

Federico Borras Alcain, 40, director of the Presencia Vasca radio program that airs every Sunday from Parana, Argentina

He is a lawyer, father of two daughters, and served for years as the president of Urrundik Basque Argentinean Association, where he was also a dantzari and txistulari….The radio program that he directs Presencia Vasca (Basque Presence) in Parana (Argentina) has just celebrated its 25th year with a special program and an special gathering and anniversary meal.

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The city of Madrid acquires the historic Beti Jai (1893) Fronton, in a sorry state for 7 million euros

04/30/2015

The Beti Jai Fronton in Madrid in its glory days

After years of citizens defending the rescue and rehabilitation of this historic fronton located in the heart of Madrid, steps away from the Paseo de la Castellana, the city of Madrid has finally become the owner of the property after a process of expropriation and payment of 7 million euros, compared to the twelve requested by its current owners.  We are translating the article published yesterday in Madrid’s ABC newspaper. 

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Basques in Boise active supporters of the Race to Robie Creek, “the toughest in the Northwest", this year with Basque theme

04/29/2015

Almost a third of this year's participants were volunteers, many of whom were Basque (Photo: Sawtooth Photo Pros)

Around 2,400 people took part in the 38th Race to Robie Creek, on April 18. Through the years, the event has become a social gathering more than just an only-for-pros sport competition, even though it is, still “the toughest race in the Northwest,” as labeled by the organizers. This year’s edition celebrated all things Basque and the Basque community aided in the organization “even more than in previous years,” said Brian Rencher, member of the committee, to EuskalKultura.com.

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“Pilpileando Argentina 2015:” the gastronomic solidarity tour by Itziar Aguirre has a tentative program

04/29/2015

Itziar Aguirre in “Pilpileando” organized in Laprida in 2012

“Pilpileando” aims to bring Basque cuisine to more and more people, but that is not its only objective.  Food has become an excellent excuse to call for the solidarity of the Basques and their capacity to help those in need.  Itziar Aguirre presents the provisional program of this year’s tour and asks participating Basque clubs to organize the master classes in public places, and make them open to the public. 

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Basque clubs around the world remembered the Bombing of Gernika on the 78th anniversary of the attack

04/29/2015

In Berlin, the Basque club participated in laying a wreath and poetry Reading in memory of the victims at the city’s Gernika Plaza (photoBerlinEE)

Seventy-eight years after the tragic attack by the Nazis on the Bizkaian village, the Bombing of Gernika still lives in the memory of many Basques, particularly in the Diaspora where some of the last survivors reside.  Once again, many Basque clubs held events to remember the victims of Gernika and to reaffirm it as a symbol of peace and rejection of wars.  Following is a photo gallery of various events held in Berlin, Montevideo and Sao Paulo, among others. 

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Basques can now travel safely to the fjords in Iceland without risking being killed, with the repeal of the law that permitted it

04/28/2015

The commemorative event in Holmavik with Jónas Guðmundsson Sherriff of the West fjords in Iceland; Illugi Gunnarsoon, Minister of Culture, Esther Ösp Valdimarsdóttir, for Holmavik and Martin Garitano the Deputy General of Gipuzkoa.

It is strange news that has come to light at the international conference that commemorated 400 years of the killing of Basque whalers in the West of Iceland.  During the event there was a symbolic reconciliation between the Basques and Icelander end the Sheriff of the Westfjords repealed a law from 1615 that allowed killing Basques with impunity in the area.  How did the Basques there receive the news?  As you would imagine, amazed, as Olafur Engibertsson from the Basque-Icelandic Association told EuskalKultura.com. 

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La Plata made the first stitch and sewed together hundreds of Argentine and Uruguayan messages in favor of the right to decide

04/28/2015

Postcard of the activity that took place last Saturday in La Plata (photosGED)

Invited by Gure Esku Dago, and with the city’s support, nearly 50 seamstresses gathered on Saturday at the Palza Moreno in La Plata to participate in “Ehuntze Eguna” (Fabric Day).   This is the scene repeated in other localities in Argentina and throughout the Diaspora.  A large cloth with messages in favor of the right to decide will travel, in La Plata’s case, to the capital on May 10th to be part of “Buenos Aires Celebrates,” and later on to Euskal Herria to join in the “Erabakia Ehuntzen  - Time to Weave our Will,” on June 21st. 

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Tickets go on sale today for the Athletic-Tijuana soccer match on July 29 in the heart of Jaialdi in Boise

04/27/2015

KIVI TV in Idaho announcing the match between Athletic-Xolos

At 10am today, (Boisean time, 6pm European Basque time) tickets will become available for the soccer match to be played on July 29 at Albertsons Stadium in Boise between Athletic and the Tijuana Xolos in the heart of the Jaialdi program.  Tickets, also available online as well as by phone, will range between $35 and $95. 

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