Basque writer Harkaitz Cano is in Illinois today. He’ll give a talk this afternoon on literature, art and catharsis at the University in Urbana-Champaign. The writer is touring the US, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute. Tomorrow he will be at the University of Chicago, and on Sunday he will conclude his trip with talks in Miami, as part of the International Book Fair there.
The commemorative festivities took place in the newly-air conditioned room at the Basque club and included a menu prepared by the club’s well-known cooks. In addition to Paella for 150, the Basque club also provided guests music and Basque dances thanks to the local choir, Errekatarrak, and recently formed Roldan club dance group Euskel Biotza (sic).
This is a referential choir who has performed at prestigious cultural Basque and non Basque events in Chile over the last 75 years. Directed by Maestro Patricio Aburto for the last decades, it is composed of male voices, a few born in the Basque Country with the majority being Chilean of Basque descent, or music lovers who are friends of the Basques and their culture. The following lines come from “Berriketari,” the Basque-Chilean newsletter that is published in Santiago by Maria Angelica Carrasco and Ignacio Bastarrica.
The third meeting of Basque teachers of European Basque clubs took place on the 17 and 18 of October in Berlin, organized by the HABE’s Euskara Munduan Program. The Berlin Basque club, Gernika Kulturunf., was the host of the meeting that, as in prior editions, was highly attended by teachers. There were 22 teachers from Basque clubs in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Mallorca, Valladolid, Bordeaux, Paris, Rome, London and Brussels with the German hosts.
Organized by the Zingirako Euskaldunak Basque club in Chascomus, in the province of Buenos Aires, Udaleku (Basque summer camp) is for children between the ages of 13-16 and will begin on January 5. For a week, participants will enjoy various cultural and sporting activities linked to the Basque Country. The deadline to register is December 13.
As a tradition, this year’s closing banquet also became one of the largest attended events at Semana Nacional. In Republica de los Niños, taking advantage of the wonderful spring weather, the delegations could see the last dance performances and say farewell until next year. During lunch there were also prizes awarded for the Euskera contest.
We know that traveling to the Basque Country is a constant wish of Basques in the Diaspora, and that it s a dream that comes true in many cases. More and more tourists also consider the Basque Country as an attractive and interesting destination. For all of them, there is a new online magazine “Basque Country Magazine,” that will be a discovery publication for cell phones and tablets with photos, interviews, articles, directions…everything necessary to travel, in person or virtually to the land of the Basques.
Getting to the end of the week, EuskalKultura.com’s photo album on the large Basque festival that took place from November 1-9, in La Plata is also filling up. The complete chronicle will close on Monday but, in the meantime, here is the second part of Saturday's Gala.
Director, Iñigo Asensio, has traveled through 12 countries and has interviewed Basques who live far from the Basque Country and who barley have an opportunity to speak Basque in their daily lives for his documentary Euskara Munduan. Analyzing their relationship with the language, and what it means to them was his goal. “I realized that it is something carried inside, that connects us to our identity,” he says. From Ethiopia to Guatemala I have gathered dozens of testimonies that can be seen on ETB on December 3, as part of the International Day of Euskera. Here is the trailer of the project.
In Reno, Nevada a group of women went out for dinner in April, after Neena Laxalt sent an email to 35 of her contacts. All of them showed up. They talked, enjoyed the food and the drinks, and had a great time. The next meeting was organized by Florence Larraneta Frye, on September 21. It was, again, a great success: “Everybody showed up, we almost had more people than room,” she told EuskalKultura.com. The next meeting will be on the 13th of December, at the Louis Basque Corner restaurant, in Reno, when she expects 75 people. “This is growing because it’s important for them.”