Portland, Oregon author David Romtvedt is back home from his second book-presentation tour in less than three months. He’s visited Montana, Colorado, and Idaho, but he has mostly given talks in his home-state, Wyoming, about his latest book: Zelestina Urza in Outer Space. “An absorbing tale about a Basque woman from Iparralde who settles in a small Wyoming town,” as described in the Center for Basque Studies' blog . “I didn’t want to write another version of the stereotype of all things Basque in America revolving around the lonely sheepherder,” added Romtvedt himself, in a conversation with EuskalKultura.com.
The projector raffled off by EuskalKultura.com already has plans and will travel to Venezuela thanks to an email form Irune Urizar de Alcala who requested it for the Eusko Etxea in Caracas. Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle. We receive nearly 600 emails from all over the world. This won’t be the last raffle, so you’ll have more opportunities to win. Zorionak to Irune and the Caracas Basque club!
The project on the ship San Juan has come to the Philippines thanks to the Albaola Foundation, based in Pasaia, Gipuzkoa. Its president, Xabier Agote, presented the project on the Basque whalers of Newfoundland in Manila where “The Global Impact of the Manila-Acapulco Galleon Trade: an International Conference Celebrating 450 Years of Urdaneta´s Voyage” took place on November 14 and 15, in memory of the landmark navigation starring a Basque, Andres de Urdaneta.
The work, comprised of fifteen segments, is already is already a part of the main hall at the Basque club where it will be a reminder of the bombing suffered by the Bizkaian village. At an inaugural event for the mural, poems were read and that club dancers also performed.
The Askatasunaren Bidea Association in San Miguel in Greather Buenos Aires, will close its 2015 Basque film series showing In 80 Days. The event will be held tomorrow at 19:00 at the Sarmiento Library. Looking towards the end of the year, activities will continue until December 5th with a talk and dance show at the Book Night as well as the celebration of the International Day of Euskera.
The Euzko Etxea Basque club in Santiago will begin Semana Vasca 2015 today with an official reception at the clubhouse. Along with numerous Basque-Chileans, the Deputy General of Bizkaia, Unai Rementeria will also be in attendance as he is on a commercial mission in Chile with Basque entrepreneurs. Semana Vasca will run through Sunday with a wide range of original activities including concerts, Olympics, a Korrika Txiki and much more.
They come from Wyoming. David plays the Basque diatonic accordion, and Caitlin the violin. Today they will be performing Basque, Catalan, Spanish, French and Portuguese music at the BSU International Week. And they will also play tonight at the Basque Block and tomorrow at the Boiseko Ikastola.
More than 200 gathered at the Pelota Club in Chascomus to participate in the Basque Festival including Basque dancers from Cañuelas. Besides dinner and dancing, Graciela Basterra was also elected as the club’s new 'mayor' (honorary position) for 2015-2016. Chascomus also announced dates for Udaleku 2016 that will take place January 5-9.
Saturday, November 21 at midnight, Euskadi time, is the deadline for voting for the Basque club you would like to receive the projector being raffled by EuskalKultura.com. You can choose from the 21 Basque clubs that have entered and complied with the contest rules. If you haven’t voted yet, what are you waiting for? The winner will be announced next Monday. Zorte on! (Good luck!)
The Society Bascongada of the Friends of the Basque Country in Mexico and the Historic Archive “Jose Maria Basagoiti Noriega” at the College of Saint Ignatius Loyola, “Vizcainas,” in DF will host a cultural event on November 26 between Mexico and Euskadi that will be “a space for reflection and diffusion of Basque in the Mexican lands.” The conference will discuss the Basque-Navarre presence, music, fine arts, food and several historic personalities, among other topics.