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A conference on Iceland and the Basque Country begins this Sunday, 400 years after the massacre of 32 Basque whalers in 1615

04/16/2015

Holvamik, Iceland where the massacre of 32 Basque sailors took place 400 years ago (photo Jay Kumar/Creative Commons)

The relationship between Iceland and the Basque Country have not always been good; actually, there was a time where they were terrible, due to the killing of 32 Basque whalers who were stranded on the Icelandic coast in 1615.  Now, on the 400th anniversary of the massacre, an international conference will analyze the cultural exchange between the two countries, when a symbolic event of reconciliation will also take place. 

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Argentina, Peru, Chile, Venezuela and Uruguay will compete in the 8th Mercomus Championships beginning today in Montevideo

04/16/2015

Image of the inauguration of the 2011 Mercomus tournament, also organized by the Euskaro Basque club in Montevideo.  Club president, Juan Pedro Arin, is holding the mic (photoIrekia)

Representatives from Argentina, Peru, Chile, Venezuela and Uruguay will begin matches as part of the 8th Mercomus Mus Championships that are organized this time by the Euskaro Basque Club in Montevideo.  The competing teams arrived last night with their delegations and attended a welcome cocktail before the competition began this morning.  The tournament will run through Saturday night with a farewell dinner and awards ceremony. 

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Sonia Hernandez Albistegui: “Sixty families make up the Gure Txoko Basque club in Valladolid”

04/16/2015

Sonia Hernandez Maiztegui

Sonia Hernandez Albistegui left her hometown in the Basque Country when she was 17 to study optics in Alicante, Spain.  After that she moved to Palencia and then to Valladolid, where she has been living for three decades. This Spanish city in Castilla-León is the place she works, where she is rasing her family.  Born in Valladolid, her daughters Ane and Iraia, 9 and 4, are grewing up speaking Euskera at home, and they oldest already speaks some English at school.

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Euzko Etxea in Necochea celebrates its 70th today with an event, unveiling of plaques, and a huge party next Saturday

04/15/2015

Archive photo of a prior edition of Korrika in front of the main entrance of Nechochea’s Euzko Etxea

Today is a celebration day for Basques in Necochea since it is the anniversary of 70 years of life of the Euzko Etxea in Necochea.  The commemorative event will take place today at the clubhouse, even though the festivities will be on the week end: On Saturday members, friends and neighbors will participate in a birthday party at the main hall at the clubhouse.  Zorionak, Euzko Etxea!  We are reproducing an article here an article about the event published yesterday in the Ecos Diarios newspaper. 

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Do you want to see how Korrika 19 went around the world? We have compiled a selection of videos, enjoy!

04/15/2015

The Euskal Echea, a Basque college in Argentina with sites in Buenos Aires and Llavallol, also celebrated Korrika 19 (photoEuskalEchea)

From Valencia to Havana, Korrika 19 traveled the world thanks to several Basque clubs, while the race in favor of Euskera toured the seven provinces in the Basque Country.  Over the past few days, we have published several images and chronicles about the celebration; now, we complement the story of the most international Korrika to date with this collection of videos. 

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Viedma and Patagones inaugurated their Basque clubhouse at an event charged with “emotion and future”

04/15/2015

The inauguration of the Beti Aurrera Aberri Etxea took place with events from March 27-29 (photoEE)

“Without a doubt it will be an unforgettable day for our cities; a day where a goal that was craved for by previous boards of directors was achieved,” the president of Beti Aurrera Aberri Etxea, Maria del Carmen Elzaurdia said in her address.  The ceremony included a ribbon cutting followed by a meal that was attended by nearly 100 people. 

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“Buenos Aires Celebrates the Basque Country” 2015 program for the big celebration on May 10th

04/14/2015

Image from “Buenos Aires Celebrates 2012” (photoLaura Nobile)

A little less than a month is left for another edition, the fourth, of this popular festival where Buenos Aires pays tribute to the local Basque community.  And even if some are yet to be confirmed, the Laurak Bat Basque club has advanced its program to EuskalKultura.com. It includes recitals by Maral, the lagun Onak and Ixilik choirs, a Tamborrada, a master’s class on Basque gastronomy by Itziar Aguirre and Takehiro Ohno, as well as numerous booths, exhibitions and shows. 

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The social movement Gure Esku Dago invites Basques around the world to join in the “Erabakia Ehuntzen” initiative

04/14/2015

Well-known figures of Basque culture were present at the “Erabakia Ehuntzen” presentation such as writer Kirmen Uribe, and singer Mikel Markez as well as actor Iban Garate (seen here)

After the success of the human chain for the right to decide in 2014 that gathered more than 150,000 people, the popular movement Gure Esku Dago has now proposed a new project “Erabakia Ehuntzen – Time to Weave our Wills.”  Members of the Basque Diaspora in Argentina have already joined in and now Gure Esku Dago is also inviting Basques in the US and around the world to participate.  In San Francisco they have already started and soon they will do the same in New York and Boise.  If you want to participate, we’ll tell you how. 

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More than forty people gathered at a Restaurant, in Los Angeles, California, to enjoy singing in Basque

04/14/2015

Taix restaurant has several private rooms; one of those served as the meeting place for this year's Kantari Eguna (Photo: Ander Egiluz Beramendi)

Over 40 people met at the Taix French Restaurant, in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles, California to enjoy a Basque menu and sing Basque songs together. The meeting was on March 29, after more than a year since the last edition, always organized by Louise Camou, from Chino, California. “It was pretty successful –she told EuskalKultura.com−. 41 people is a good turnout and the age range was between 25 and 90, and that’s the main idea, to bring the young and the old together.”

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Solidarity campaigns in the Basque clubs in Chile and Peru to help those affected by floods

04/13/2015

Chosica in Peru was razed by the landslides (photoEl Comercio)

The intense rains registered lately in Chile and Peru have caused a series of landslides which have left the Peruvian region of Lima under a state of emergency, specifically the towns of Chosica and Huarochiri, and Atacama, in Chile.  The Basque community in Chile and the Basque club in Lima have both started campaigns to help and support those affected.  

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