The Mexico Fronton closed in 1996, and since hasn’t had any jai-alai activity. That is how it will continue until February 15th, when the remodeling is said to be done,. Situated near the Paseo de la Reforma, in a central location of the Mexico City's megalopolis, its owner Antonio Cosio Ariño is investing 50 million dollars in the project. Article in Deia by Igor G. Vico.
The Saltoko Euskaldunen Taldea Basque Club, Salto City Hall and the local Winemakers Association signed an agreement last Saturday that sets the base for the gradual recuperation of Pascual Harriague's historical cellar and converts into the “Cultural Space Bodega Harraigue – Ground Zero of Tannat (Tannat is considered the national grape of Uruguay.) The Basque club wanted to pre-inaugurate the place in its future role and so celebrated Euskera Day there along with the club’s 24th anniversary.
Basque all over the world celebrated Euskera Day and in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay they weren’t left behind. Some of the events had more people, and others weren’t as well attended but all had the same goal: vindicate the right to study, speak, and live in the Basque language, in Euskal Herrria as well as in the Diaspora. Second installment of the ENE 2016.
In 1941 Lehendakari Agirre arrived in Uruguay with a fake identity, coming from a Nazi-occupied Europe. He was welcomed with open arms and received honors at the Congress. Seventy-five years afterwards, the Basque-Uruguayan community paid tribute to the Uruguayan House, thanking them for their welcome of the Lehendakari as well as many other Basque exiles. The Basque Parliament joined in the tribute on Tuesday with a message from its president, including the recording of some words in Basque and Spanish that Agirre spoke on an Uruguayan radio.
The Haize Hegoa Basque Club in Montevideo send Christmas cards every year created by the children and youth to friends all over the Diaspora, decorated with typical characters like Olentzero, Mari Dominigi or Galtzagorri. The cards are created as part of a children’s “Christmas Traditions” contest that celebrates its 19th year. The event will take place next Saturday at the clubhouse with a reading about Basque Christmas, followed by everyone making cards.
Basque writer, Kirmen Uribe, is travelling to Peru to participate in the cultural festival, Hay Festival Arequipa. Uribe will present his latest novel, Elkarrekin esnatzeko ordua (Time to Wake Up Together), focused on the life of musician, Txomin Letamendi, spy for the allies during World War II, and his wife, Karmele Urresti. The festival runs from December 8-11th.
The classic song “Euskal Herrian Euskaraz,” ends with the phrase ‘Ez al dakizu euskara dela euskaldun egiten gaituena?” (Don’t you know that Euskera is what makes us Euskaldunak?). Basque students and teachers in the diaspora aren’t only aware of this concept, but they also fight for it every day studying, striving and working for the Basque language. “International Day of Euskera was celebrated on December 3rd; the challenge of teaching it and studying it happens all year round,” they say.
Oihane Pardo had been using her grandmother’s kaiku for years, even during her stay in Shanghai, is the origin of Amarenak, the innovative design project with which this architect has made a leap to fashion. “When I wanted to buy a new one, I realized that they were not very high quality and very folkloric, like a costume,” she said. That is why she decided to put her mind to it, get to work and design her own, and along the way, improve its quality and make it more modern. The designs ware for sale on the Amarenak website.
The Euskal Etxea in Las Flores, Argentina has now turned 20 and celebrated its birthday with dinner for 50 some members and friends. The evening included entertainment provided by the club’s dantzaris, as well as a menu that included wonderful pintxos by sukaldari Tatiana Iparraguirre, who represented the club at the 2016 Gaztemundu program.
It opened its doors on Friday and will close them tomorrow, on December 6th. The 51st edition of the largest annual meeting, showcase of the Basque cultural production of albums, books, educational games, or computer equipment, now enters its final stretch, with the Diaspora constituting a greater presence. This year, besides the events and presentations of new Basque material produced in the Diaspora, for a second year, there was a stand dedicated to a Basque club or Basque community. This year’s representative was FEVA and the Basque-Argentine community.