The day has come! EuskaKultura.com is taking its August vacation and over the next few days we will stop publishing news (although the agenda will continue). We will return in September, but in the meantime, we leave you with a list of Basque festivities that will take place in Canada and the US over the coming months. We also added the Basque Collectivities World Congress in Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Argentinean Basque Nationak Week, both in October. Ondo ibili!
He returned just a couple of days ago from Jaialdi in Boise, where he presented the progress of the Memoria Bizia project at the NABO Convention. We talked with Basque researcher, Pedro J. Oiarzabal at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Euskaltzaleak wil once again bring the group Maral, from Arrecifes, to Buenos Aires to share the stage with the Daltondarrak from Bizkaia. The concert will provide the audience with a Basque repertoire where they will combine classic songs from Euskal Herria with covers by modern groups and artists. Kantaldia will take place at the Casal de Catalunya and seats are numbered.
Jaialdi 2015 is over. Organizers were very satisfied with how it went, and concluded that it was a great success with a large increase in attendance. Among the participants themselves, there is also satisfaction, surprised by the contact with the Diaspora and with more desire to deepen it. For those who like number, there are numbers for all tastes, although the one that is repeated the most is 50,000 people, more or less depending on how you count. Here is the last photo chronicle of Jaialdi.
Jaialdi also includes a religious component every year linked to Basque Catholic traditions. In fact, Boise always holds its annual festival on San Inazio as it is called here in Basque, on or close to July 31 (St Ignatius day) with mass. The mass is traditionally held at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise, and includes a procession of the saint along with dances. Every five years, Jaialdi amplifies this tradition as it did this year.
Those who enjoyed Jaialdi 2015 in Boise, probably crossed paths with a trio of joteros singing in Spanish and Basque and…in English! Iñaki Reta (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1984) is the group’s trikitilari and is thrilled to have returned to the American West to play: “It still feels very special to feel like a participant in the Basque American community,” he told EuskalKultura.com.
The party erupted yesterday in Boise, with the arrival of the weekend and a large number of visitors that joined those who were already there. The local Basque community celebrated San Inazio in great fashion, along with music, Basque products for sails and much hustle and bustle a the “Basque-ing at Expo Idaho.” Photo gallery to follow.
The city of Boise and its Basque citizens have worked hard over the last decades to ensure a future for its rich Basque past. The phenomenon of Jaialdi is included in those efforts.
Yesterday, during the North American Basque Organizations (NABO) Annual Convention in Boise the Bizi Emankorra Awards were presented. The Bizi Emankorra award, equivalent to a lifetime achievement award, recognizes significant contributions to the promotion and dissemination of Basque heritage at the NABO level. Joseba Etxarri, director of EuskalKultura.com was one of the award recipients along with Izaskun Kortazar, Benan Oregi and John Ysursa. Zorionak to them all!
Boise was overflowing yesterday, waiting for the big Jaialdi 2015 weekend. Yesterday, the Basque Government held a reception for the local Basque community where volunteers who made this event, the largest or one of the largests in the Basque diaspora, possible, were honored. Another tribute, this time a spontaneous and very emotional one, was paid to Grace Mainvil by the NABO delegates who she has served for 28 years as the entity’s treasurer, when she announced that she would be leaving her post due to health reasons. Besarkada bero-bero bat, Grace! Here are today’s photos.