Basque-Californian sociologist and anthropologist Begoña Echeverria has published many academic articles in fields such as sociolinguistics, anthropology, education, and historical linguistics. Her last article “compares the very different representations of witches in 17th century inquisitor reports and in Basque traditional songs,” she tells EuskalKultura.com. But, apparently, she had more to say about witches, considering the fact that she wrote her first novel on the same topic.
The Lagun Onak Choral Association of Buenos Aires will return to the stage this month and will do it with two Basque music concerts. The first function will take place on Sunday the 21st in the “La Usina del Arte” Cultural Center in the La Boca neighborhood, while the second will take place on Thursday the 25th, in the chapel of the Euskal Echea School. Both presentations are part of the choir’s 75th Anniversary program and admission is free and open to the public.
The Province Government of Biscay, through its organization Bizkaia:talent, has organized a networking meeting in London, aiming to connect 12 Basque leading companies with 85 highly qualified professionals currently residing in the UK. The goal of the meeting is to show those professionals career opportunities in the Basque Country and thus attract talent to Basque companies. Most of the participants are in fact Basque citizens working in the British Isles.
At the Rio Grande do Sul Basque club, in the south of Brazil, a small group of genealogists are working on an ambitious project: research and publish the genealogy of the Basque families in the country. Diego Moreira Larrabeiti, is directing the project along with Elimar Insaurriaga, and talked to EuskalKultura.com about his passion for this world of family and personal discovery and also about the fact that in spite of the historic Basque presence in the country, many Brazilians don’t know about their Basque origins. “Until 2012, I didn’t even know that Basque clubs existed. Today, I have participated in the foundation of one of them,” he says.
Iker Saitua, a PhD student at the UNR, will be the first speaker of this year’s Leisure Hour Club’s (LHC) program. A native of Getxo (Bizkaia, Basque Country), the historian will offer a glimpse into the past with a talk about Basque sheep breeders in Nevada, from the late nineteenth century to the 1960’s. “We like to know more about the history of Nevada and this is going to be a great opportunity,” told Dorothy Link, member of the LHC, to Euskalkultura.com. The presentation will be tomorrow evening at the Carson City Nugget Casino, just for members of the club.
The Mendoza Basque Club celebrated its 58th birthday with a visit from members of the Goierri Gastronomic Society opf La Plata. The event began with a talk by Professor Cesar Arrondo and continued with dinner that the cooks in the group prepared especially for their hosts. The program of events organized by Denak Bat will continue over the coming weeks with a free film series that will be held in September and October and a Tea-Bingo that will take place at the clubhouse this Saturday.
Two propositions from Rome: on the one hand, the platform Euskara.it is looking for Basque language and culture teachers in different Italian cities. They are looking for different profiles to fit in several tasks (continuing education, university classes, mintza-praktika). On the other hand, Euskara.it also is looking for a person to coordinate its website and the communication of the Basque courses organized by ACE (Associazione Culturale Euskara), the Department of the Basque UPTER (Università Popolare di Roma) and University Rome3.
The “31st Biennial of Modern Art” includes this year a remarcable Basque presence thanks to Asier Mendizabal and Juan Perez Agirregoikoa. The beginning of the event was attended by Aizpea Goenaga, Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute who during her stay also met with the Casa Basco Brasileira in Sao Paulo and the State University of Sao Paulo, to talk about the possibility of instituting a Basque language and culture lectureship.
Basque culture and gastronomy come together once again at the Rosario Zazpirak Bat Basque Club, in Argentina, this time as part of the Baratxuri (garlic) Contest. With the premise of preparing dishes with recipes of Basque cuisine, three of the Basque club gastronomic societies competed; the winners, members of the Miercolinos Peña repeated last year’s triumph, and took away the trophy “Baratxuri,” for their Marmitako made with Abadejo (Pollock).
It’s going to be the first time Boise’s Basque Club will host a cycling plan and they’ve called it Txirrindulari Bike Ride. As Izaskun Kortazar told Euskalkultura.com, “it’s going to be a free event opened to everybody, members and not members alike.” Kortazar and Geneva Ayarra helped organizer Delfina Krakau planning the event. The three of them are members of the Basque Club.