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Diego Moreira, genealogist: “In Brazil we researched the Larrabeitis, Escosteguys... and we want to continue”

09/16/2014

At the Rio Grande do Sul Basque club, in the south of Brazil, a small group of genealogists are working on an ambitious project: research and publish the genealogy of the Basque families in the country.  Diego Moreira Larrabeiti, is directing the project along with Elimar Insaurriaga, and talked to EuskalKultura.com about his passion for this world of family and personal discovery and also about the fact that in spite of the historic Basque presence in the country, many Brazilians don’t know about their Basque origins. “Until 2012, I didn’t even know that Basque clubs existed.  Today, I have participated in the foundation of one of them,” he says.

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A conference on Basque sheepherders will kick off the 118th year of the Leisure Hour Club, in Carson City

09/16/2014

Iker Saitua is also the organizer of a set of conferences on Basque topics held by UNR

Iker Saitua, a PhD student at the UNR, will be the first speaker of this year’s Leisure Hour Club’s (LHC) program. A native of Getxo (Bizkaia, Basque Country), the historian will offer a glimpse into the past with a talk about Basque sheep breeders in Nevada, from the late nineteenth century to the 1960’s. “We like to know more about the history of Nevada and this is going to be a great opportunity,” told Dorothy Link, member of the LHC, to Euskalkultura.com. The presentation will be tomorrow evening at the Carson City Nugget Casino, just for members of the club.

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The Denak Bat in Mendoza celebrated its anniversary with dinner prepared by the Goierri Gastronomic Society in La Plata

09/16/2014

Cesar Arrondo gave a talk at Mendoza’s Denak Bat on the club’s 58th Anniversary

The Mendoza Basque Club celebrated its 58th birthday with a visit from members of the Goierri Gastronomic Society opf La Plata.  The event began with a talk by Professor Cesar Arrondo and continued with dinner that the cooks in the group prepared especially for their hosts.  The program of events organized by Denak Bat will continue over the coming weeks with a free film series that will be held in September and October and a Tea-Bingo that will take place at the clubhouse this Saturday. 

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ACE of Rome and UPTER University are seeking Basque language teachers and a coordinator for Euskara.it

09/15/2014

These job-offers have been posted at Euskara.it

Two propositions from Rome: on the one hand, the platform Euskara.it is looking for Basque language and culture teachers in different Italian cities. They are looking for different profiles to fit in several tasks (continuing education, university classes, mintza-praktika). On the other hand, Euskara.it also is looking for a person to coordinate its website and the communication of the Basque courses organized by ACE (Associazione Culturale Euskara), the Department of the Basque UPTER (Università Popolare di Roma) and University Rome3.

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The Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute visited the Sao Paulo Art Biennial and met with the Casa Basco Brasileira

09/15/2014

Oskar Goitia (Casa Basco-Brasileira), Aizpea Goenaga (Etxepare) and other club members (photo Casa Basco Brasileira Sao Paulo)

The “31st Biennial of Modern Art” includes this year a remarcable Basque presence thanks to Asier Mendizabal and Juan Perez Agirregoikoa.  The beginning of the event was attended by Aizpea Goenaga, Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute who during her stay also met with the Casa Basco Brasileira in Sao Paulo and the State University of Sao Paulo, to talk about the possibility of instituting a Basque language and culture lectureship. 

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The Miercolinos Peña won the gastronomic contest Baratxuri, organized by Zazpirak Bat in Rosario for the second time

09/15/2014

Members of the Miercolinos Peña: José Luis Aguirre, Luis María Barrandeguy, Raúl  Bereciartua and Claudio Esnal

Basque culture and gastronomy come together once again at the Rosario Zazpirak Bat Basque Club, in Argentina, this time as part of the Baratxuri (garlic) Contest. With the premise of preparing dishes with recipes of Basque cuisine, three of the Basque club gastronomic societies competed; the winners, members of the Miercolinos Peña repeated last year’s triumph, and took away the trophy “Baratxuri,” for their Marmitako made with Abadejo (Pollock). 

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The Boise Basque Center calls tomorrow Basque and non Basque cycling fans to its first "Txirrindulari Bike Ride"

09/12/2014

The Basque Center in Boise has offered Basque and non Basque Boiseans and their families the oportunity to run, to walk around and now to bike. The image shows kids running in last year's Korrika (photoEE)

It’s going to be the first time Boise’s Basque Club will host a cycling plan and they’ve called it Txirrindulari Bike Ride.  As Izaskun Kortazar told Euskalkultura.com, “it’s going to be a free event opened to everybody, members and not members alike.” Kortazar and Geneva Ayarra helped organizer Delfina Krakau planning the event. The three of them are members of the Basque Club.

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The Basque Film Series organized by the University of Lujan continues this Sunday with “Vacas” by Julio Medem

09/12/2014

Promotional poster for the Basque Film series organized by UNLu

The Basque Culture and Film Series is part of the Cultural Program “UNLugar para compartir,” (A place to share) organized by the Culture Department of the National University of Lujan (UNLu) and it will take place in different locations: at the University, at the Escuela Normal Superior Florentino Ameghino in Lujan, and also at the Eusko Aterpea Basque Club in the town of General Rodriguez where the film “Vacas” will be shown at 4pm this Sunday, September 14th.  The event is coordinated by Professor Carlos Gabilondo and admission is free and open to the public. 

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The Marin Sonoma picnic, “a nice way to catch up with friends and see how their summers went”

09/12/2014

Around 100 people gathered at the Marin Sonoma picnic, last Sunday (Photo: Marin Sonoma Basque Association)

This past Sunday, September 7th, the Marin Sonoma Basque Association celebrated its annual picnic. It was “nice and calm, as always,” Valerie Arrechea, president of NABO, the federation of North American Basque Organizations, told Euskalkultura.com. Around one hundred people attended this year when the club celebrates its 25th anniversary.

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The Euskal Echea Association in Comodoro Rivadavia parades, dances and cooks at the Festival of Communities

09/12/2014

The Basque club’s dance group, Haize Dantzariak, in Comodoro Rivadavia

The Euskal Echea Basque club (founded under this name 91 years ago, in 1923) in Comodoro Rivadavia, in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Argentina, was once again a protagonist in the activities organized by the city to celebrate the Immigrant Day.  They represented the Basque People in a parade of communities as well as at the Gala Evening, a show that gathers more than twenty dance troupes.  This next weekend they will also participate in the Gastronomic Fair with piperrade, txistorra and pintxos.  The event begins this afternoon at the Comodoro Fairgrounds. 

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