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.
The ENE Prize, annually awarded by Eusko Ikaskuntza, the Society of Basque Studies, on the occasion of the International Day of Euskera (ENE, Euskararen Nazioarteko Eguna) went this year to the Euskal Echea in Argentina. Founded in 1904 with two headquarters, in Llavallol and Buenos Aires respectively, this educational institution gathers several thousand students and includes Basque lagunage and culture among its offerings. It will receive the award in January with date and time to be determined. Zorionak Euskal Echea!
It has been online since yesterday, and has received much attention, smiles, and the approval of several people all over the world. This video, created to commemorate Euskararen Nazioarteko Eguna (ENE) or the International Day of Euskera, was created by students and adults at the Ikastola in Boise. It is an open invitation and a testimony from the Diaspora to Basque nd Basque culture: Guk euskaraz, zuk zergatik ez. Here it is.
The International Day of Euskera is already here, and for another year it has transcended the borders of Euskal Herria to introduce and celebrate the Basque language around the world, in a large way thanks to the efforts and commitments of the Euskal Etxeak. A multitude of events have been organized and you can be sure that no Basque club will be left out, either with big festivities or with some smaller recognition. Eskerrik asko to everyone and here is a list of activities over the coming days.
Olavarria, situated some 350 kilometers southwest of Buenos Aires, celebrated its 149th birthday and the most representative institutions in the city gathered to organize and celebrate the anniversary. The event took place in the Helios Eseverri Park, a name that acknowledges the large Basque immigration to the area, and included a food stand manned by the Euskal Etxea. Gure Etxe Maitea also informs about Udaleku, and its dancer’s participation at the Festival of Communities in Azul.
The feature-length film will try to respond to why certain values like keeping one’s word, or a good work ethic are associated to the Basque immigrant in the popular imagination in Argentina. With this aim, testimonies that are not part of the community will be gathered to try and explain this phenomena from the point of view of the “other.” Anyone with anecdotes regarding these values associated to Basques can send them to be included in the documentary. The two best anecdotes will receive prizes.