Invited by the Beti Dantzari Basque group, 75 children from the Union Vasca Basque club in Bahia Blanca; Hiru Erreka in Tres Arroyos; and the local Eusko Biltzar Basque club participated in the second edition of the Txikis Get-Together in Coronel Pringles. For two days, there were games, music and dances and as a novelty, a sleep over at the Basque club.
The 2014 edition of the Bernardo Atxaga Chair, supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute at the City University of New York (CUNY) will begin next Monday. This year the chair will focus on the most recent Basque literature from the 80s to the present, thanks to Professors Nerea Arruti and Mari Jose Olaziregi. In addition, this cycle will be complemented with concerts by Ruper Ordorika, accompanied by Ben Monder, and Josu Okiñena.
They are fluent Basque speakers and studied by themselves, never went to the Basque Country or have any family conexion there. Jose Miguel Ramírez Giraldo was the first, from Pereira, Colombia. He started uploading videos speaking in different languages. In one of those, Maria Spantidi, native of Athens, Greece saw him speaking in Basque and she decided to respond to him also in Basque with another video. Jose Miguel’s videos have been viewed around 7,000 times. Maria’s first and only one, more than 15,000 times. Both of them talked to Euskalkultura.com.
The Agro-Industrial Exhibition is the result of an agreement between the City of La Plata, the Basque club and the Argentine Industrial Union of Gran La Plata that will take place on November 7-9th in at the Republica de los Niños fairgrounds. It will include Basque and local exhibits and will gather authorities of the CAV from Navarre and the Department of the Atlantic Pyrenees. While the final details are to be determined the Basque club invites everyone to participate with an ad in the magazine “Hargatik.”
The Basque-Argentine Diaspora is getting ready once again for its huge annual festival that will take place this year in La Plata from November 1-9. The provisional festival program, that EuskalKultura.com was able to access, promises an intense week with a variety of activities that will include dances, evenings, talks and activities from Euskera to the new Agro-Industrial Exhibit.
Sunday, October the 19th will be picnic day for all the members and friends of the Lagun Onak Basque Club of Las Vegas, Nevada. “We’re a small club and the picnic is very humble but we have so much fun,” Beristain tells Euskalkultura.com. The picnic will be hold at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park with easy ingredients: Basque music, food and drink, dances, mus... and good old and new friends and a great atmosphere!
The French Basque Club in Buenos Aires, or the Iparraldeko Euskal Etxea, its increasingly more often used name, held its annual assembly, where the board of directors was renewed. In this new exercise, Ernesto Cornejo Saravia, will continue as president, accompanied among others by Cesar Arrondo (vice-president); Norma Rios (secretary); Juan Carlos Ibarrola, (pro-secretary), Carlos Martinez (treasurer) and Manual Azpiroz (pro-treasurer).
There was important news in the last bulletin from the New England Basque Club: Sergio Sotelo will be the new president, after Roberto Guerenabarrenarena decided to step down as the head of the organization. The retired pilotari has been the president since the creation of the club in 2004, and as he told Euskalkultura.com, “now it’s time for new people to get in.”
In its three years of life the Euskal Etxea in Rio Grande do Sul has begun an interesting movement to recuperate the Basque culture in the South of Brazil. Now, the entity has renewed its board of directors, to continue working on this goal. They have also announced a new activity on October 4th, the First Basque Meeting at the Western Border, aimed especially for Basque descendants from Uruguayana. The cultural program will include a performance by dancers from the renowned Argentine dance group of the Urrundik Basque club in Parana.
For the third year in a row, professors from the Basque University in Buenos Aires association gave a series of talks on various themes linked to the Basque Country at the city’s Directorate of Culture invited by the Secretary of Culture, Education and Communication, of the municipality of Gral. Madariaga. The event had great impact and promises to become an annual event.