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Want to know what a word means in Basque? It's easy. Ask your phone with the Mitzuli app

05/22/2015

Mitzuli’s website

How many times have you wanted to know the meaning of a word in Basque and you haven’t had anyone around to ask?  Or find out how to say something in Basque?  Now you can get the answer instantly on your smartphone thanks to the Mitzuli app.  Created by Mikel Artetxe, developer of the IXA Group (dedicated to automatic translation), Mitzuli is a free app for Android that converts your phone into an automatic translator. 

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The Arrecifes Basque club celebrated the Day of the Txistulari in memory of Tiburcio Bilbao and “Potxolo” Loyola

05/22/2015

The Day of the Txistulari, Marianela Rimini Azarola and Juan Iganzio Saez displayed everything they had learned from their teachers (photo)

Eight years after the death of Potxolo Loyola, the Basque club in Arrecifes paid tribute to the Basque club txistualris with an event that included a ceremony at the cemetery’s gathering room and the annual celebration of the Day of the Txistulari also at the clubhouse. 

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Marcial Agostini, Basque from Necochea: “I feel like I need Basque to not miss important things”

05/21/2015

At the age of 27, he has been to the Basque Country three times, but he was born and was raised in a city in Argentina, Necochea which is Basque to its name.  Marcial Agostini Zubillaga grew up linked to the Euzko Etxea in his hometown and participated for years in the youth program “Hator Hona.”  He is learning Basque and feels that it is important for youth in the clubs to get to know their peers in the Basque Country; that is what the “Hator Hona” program is for. 

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The Anaitasuna Basque Club in Maipu celebrated its 39th anniversary remembering members throughout the years

05/21/2015

Members of the Anaitasuna Basque club in Maipu celebrated its 39th anniversary on May 17

The Basque club in Maipu celebrated its birthday with lunch attended by 70 people.  At the event, and thanks to a video made by club members, everyone who founded, promoted and strived to keep the club alive over the last four decades were also present at the celebration. Zorionak, Maipu Alkartasuna!

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Presentation of a new book on the Winnipeg in Santiago, Chile remembers the voyage of 2,000 exiles in 1939

05/21/2015

Presentation of the book “Winnipeg, Testimonies of an Exile” at the Lope de Vega Theater in Santiago, Chile

The book Winnipeg, Testimonies of an Exile was presented recently at the Lope de Vega Theater in Santiago, Chile at an event organized by the Basque club Colectividad Vasca de Chile.  The author, Julio Galvez Barraza, and his editor, Jaime Ferrer Mir, gave an emotional and interesting talk on the voyage of the ship that brought 2,000 exiles from the Spanish Civil War to Chile in 1939.

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Young musicians and dantzaris from Hernani, Oiartzun and Hiriburu will participate at the Rimini Popular Music Festival in Italy

05/20/2015

A show by the dance group Leinua Konpainia from Lapurdi

A cultural exchange between the Basque Country and Italy will take a group of young Basque musicians and dantzaris to Rimini tomorrow, where they are the guests of honor at the La Borgata che danza festival dedicate to the popular music and dance.  Participants are youth from popular music schools in Hernani and Oiartzun (Gipuzkoa), along with dantzaris from Leinua Konpainia from Hiriburu, Milafranga and Mugerre (Lapurdi). 

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US tour of the Basque extreme metal band Cerebral Effusion to headline the Las Vegas Deathfest

05/20/2015

Cerebral Effusion's music is not likely to be played in FM radio stations but the fact that they're about to kick off an intense US tour, headlining the Las Vegas Deathfest grasped the attention of this bulletin (Photo: C.E.)

Headquartered in Ermua, Basque Country the four members of the extreme metal band Cerebral Effusion −Kosme, bass and vox; Pe, guitars; Jabo, guitars; and Eihar, drums− are getting ready for their upcoming US tour, to start on June 13. There will be 13 shows in 13 days, the first stop being to headline the Las Vegas Deathfest: “It’s going to be a very special concert for us,” said drummer Eihar Unamuno to EuskalKultura.com.

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Jose Mujica visits the Basque Country: “I had promised that I would return as soon as I could”

05/19/2015

Lehendakari Urkullu with former Uruguayan president, Jose Mugica in the Bizkaian town of Muxika (photoIrekia)

The former president of Uruguay, one of the most charismatic politicians and well-loved around the world in recent times, is now in the Basque Country visiting his roots, along with his wife, Senator Lucia Topolansky.  Mujica is taking advantage of his brief visit, in which he rejected all fanfare, to get to know the Basque culture better.  He stressed the “sharp personality,” of the Basques.  “There are all kinds of political tendencies,” he laughed before pointing out the “flags of the municipalities are small" but that the Basque one "was big.”

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Vasco Viejo, a documentary on saplings of the Tree of Gernika in Argentina will debut in San Nicolas on May 29

05/19/2015

Poster for the documentary Viejo Vasco

Described by its maker as “a road film, a trip through Basque clubs and municipal parks, plazas and school where there are or have been saplings planted,” the documentary is a personal experience for director Javier Barrio that delves into history and the present of the saplings of the Tree of Gernika in Argentina.  After trying to debut the film in Chascomus, Vasco Viejo will be shown for the first time on May 29th at Euzkal Etxea in San Nicolas. 

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Sabin Bikandi and the Kukai dantza konpainia, honored at the 2015 Max Awards for “Gelajauziak”

05/19/2015

Proud winners with awards in hand

Musician, composer and arranger, Sabin Bikandi, founder of the Aiko Taldea, is one the winners at the 2015 Max Performing Arts Awards that were presented yesterday at a gala in Barcelona.  Bikandi won the award for best musical composition for a stage show for the score of “Gelajauziak,” a work performed by the Kukai Dance Company that was also awarded as best group.  Alain Maya, Eneko Gil, Ibon Huarte, Jon Maya and Urko Mitxelena are Kukai on stage.  Both award winners are well-known in the Diaspora in countries like Argentina and the US.  Zorionak!

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