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Oihane Pardo: “It is important to know and disseminate Basque naval history, and why not at the Shanghai Euskal Etxea”

03/05/2015

Architect Oihane Pardo put together the exhibit on the Basque Auxiliary Navy and the Battle of Matxitxako at Shanghai's Basque club (photo EuskalKultura.com)

Today the Naval Battle of the Cape of Matxitxako celebrates its 78th anniversary.  It took place during the Spanish Civil War in front of the Biscayan coast between the most poweful vessel of the rebel Spanish Navy and four Basque armed trawlers ('bous') scorting a convoy. It was a military defeat for the Basques, but a bravery episod that was seen as a moral victory by the population. The events will be remembered at the Euskal Etxea in China with an exhibition, videos and a talk about the Auxiliary Navy of Euzkadi.  

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Oier Araolaza, dantzari and anthropologist and coordinator of Dantzan.com: “Conflicts can renew tradition”

03/05/2015

Oier Araolaza, dantzari, anthropologist and coordinator of www.dantzan.com (photoBerria)

The expert Basque dancer, Oier Araolaza, brings a touchy issue to the table in this interview conducted by the Basque daily Berria.  Araolaza talks about measures taken in the 20th century to distance women from traditional Basque dance, and what measures were taken end these rules and the controversy that this entails.  For anyone interested in dance and for dance groups in the Diaspora, we translated it and have provided it here.

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Tributes and a renewed commitment to work for Basque culture at the 50th Anniversary of Euzko Txokoa in General Acha

03/05/2015

Family members of the founding club members unveiled the commemorative plaques (photoValeria Oyarzabal)

More than fifty guests gathered at the Euzko Txokoa clubhouse in General Acha, La Pampa to initiate the club’s 50th anniversary program of activities. At a moving ceremony, the club presented its standard bearers, and unveiled commemorative plaques while paying tribute to its founding members. 

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The Diaspora will launch Korrika 19 this weekend thanks to the Pariseko Euskal Etxea and the New England Basque Club

03/04/2015

Image of the video recorded by Basques in Edinburgh to announce the Korrika 19 events in the Scottish capital

Even though the real Korrika 19 won’t take place until March 19-29 in the Basque Country, Basques in the Diaspora can’t wait and have organized its first activities for this weekend.  The first of which will take place on Saturday in Paris, France and Newport, Rhode Island, followed by other events in Edinburgh, Toulouse, Lima, Barcelona, Madrid, Cancun, and Valencia among others.  Following are all the details. 

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Jon Rahm: “I would love to become a benchmark of golf in Euskadi, as was Txema Olazabal”

03/03/2015

A few weeks ago, he made fifth at a PGA tournament, becoming the first amateur to accomplish that feat, since 2008 (Photos: Jon Rahm)

The progression of Jon Rahm (Barrika, Bizkaia, 1994) as a golfer is spectacular. “I started to hit the ball at age seven –says, in conversation with EuskalKultura.com,− but I didn’t start to take it more seriously until I was 12-13.” When he turned 16, he moved to Madrid (Spain), to combine his studies with professional training for golfers, at the recognised Ortega y Gasset High School. From there, he traveled to the United States, to Arizona more specifically, to grow as an athlete while getting a university diploma.

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President Obama meets with a group of Stanford students, including Rollins Stallworth, Arnegitarra Martin Camino’s grandson

03/03/2015

President Obama seen here with the students; first on the right is Basque-American Rollins Stallworth III (photoStandfordNews)

When Martin Camino left Arnegi for America (1928), he surely never imagined that a family member would ever meet the President of the United States, let alone have a conversation with him.  Nevertheless, that is exactly what happened.  His grandson, Rollins Stallworth is senior at the prestigious Stanford University where he also plays football.  On February 13th a group of students were invited to speak with the President, including Stallworth, a Basque descendant. 

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Dominique Camus debuts and Teresa Antongiovanni returns, as members of the Kern County Basque Club’s Board, after Saturday’s elections

03/02/2015

Louis Iturriria, president (second from right), is happy with the turnout at the KCBC's annual Membership Dinner and elections, celebrated on Saturday. In the picture, members of the current and the former Board, after the meeting (Photo: KCBC)

Louis Iturriria, president of the Euskal Etxea, told EuskalKultura.com that “it was a good turnout.” 210 members balloted to elect four officers and nine directors for their Club that will be in the position for 12 and 24 months, respectively. After the meeting, where new and honorary members were welcomed, Denise Duhart and Denis Petrissans played music until midnight. “The young Basque generation was happy to dance and spend time together,” pointed out Pierre Igoa, member of the Euskal Etxea, after the get-together.

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Xabier Irujo: “If Manuel Irujo could see Basque being taught at the University of Liverpool, he would think that the exile and resistance of his generation bore fruit”

03/02/2015

Historian Xabier Irujo Ametzaga, in an archive photo presenting his book on the Bombing of Gernika (photoDeia)

Historian, Xabier Irujo, is in England as an invited professor for the Manuel Irujo Fellowship Chair at the University of Liverpool.  This year, the Chair is focused on supporting studies on the politician, Manuel Irujo, a leading figure of Basque exile.  Xabier is his nephew, and so knows the subject first-hand.  “Manuel Irujo defended the independence of the Basque Country before Churchill in London in 1940 and achieved a written agreement with the British administration to create a Basque republic.  We should pick up the thread of Irujo in that bombed-out London, to develop and construct a Basque republic in Europe.” 

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After an “excellent” 2014 the Olavarria Basque club is getting ready for an even better 2015, “opening its doors to the community”

03/02/2015

Entry of Gure Etxe Maitea in Olavarria

The Gure Etxe Maitea’s activities began on February 20 continuing children’s workshops and Basque classes that began last year.  This year, however, everything is taking place in a new room of the clubhouse that has been completely remodeled.   

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HABE now provides a new series of free exercises for new Basque students online

02/27/2015

Bagoaz! is already available on HABE’s website at www.ikasbil.eus

HABE has created Bagoaz!  a series of exercises aimed at beginning Basque students, in levels A1 and A2.  This material is free and available online at Ikasbil.eus.  The exercises are based on audio and video, and can be done in groups or individually. 

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