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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.