Mintzanet is an online, free, system that allows users to practice Basque wherever and whenever they want. With the arrival of summer, directors created a contest to encourage people to continue learning Basque even in the summer months. The contest is open to everyone and is very easy: All you have to do is create a sentence in Basque using the words uda (summer) and Mintzanet and publish it on social media using the hashtag #Mintzauda. The winner will receive a complete set of books on Basque culture from the Etxepare Institute.
This is the first international tour for this choir who will share this experience with the local vocal group Surcanto. The Gure Etxea Basque club choir will do the first part of its repertoire in Basque and will also perform the “Misa Criolla,” along with members of Surcanta.
‘Black and white and red all over’ is the name of Christine Iriarte Niswonger’s last artwork series, and it’s being exhibited in Henderson, Nevada’s −20 minutes south of Las Vegas− at the City Light Art Gallery, through July 7. The exhibition combines meaningful etchings of newspapers, typographic details, and photos. “I want to make people aware and skeptical about what they read and see in the news,” the artist, and former journalist told EuskalKultura.com.
Eusko Ikaskuntza-Iparralde and the Ezmugak Association in Irun invite Basque artists to reflect on he Diaspora and create new works inspired by this theme. Submissions must be received by September 15, and 25 of these will be chosen for the traveling exhibit, “Art and Basque Diaspora” that will begin in 2016. The exhibit will begin at the Basque Museum in Baiona and then will travel to various Basque localities.
The calendar already says July and social media is covered in white and red a sign that San Fermin, one of the festivals that is celebrated most internationally, is almost here. In Argentina, the festivities will begin this weekend and will run through the next, following a program provided below.
With only one season of seven seven-minute episodes, the web series Gifted Corporation has won several awards at international festivals and has a large number of online followers, especially in the US. This series, created by Basques Rose of Dolls and Oliver Mend, was conceived and recorded in Bilbao, and its authors are already working on a second season.
The Etxepare Institute recently announced new agreements with five universities in Europe and America. Mari Jose Olaziregi Alustiza (Donostia, 1963) is the director for Promotion and Diffusion of the Basque Language at the Etxepare Institute. A large part of her work consists in traveling to several universities to secure lectureships for Basque language and culture, and establish chairs. Felix Ibargutxi talked to her in an interview published in the Diario Vasco.
On July 10th, Vancouver, Canada’s Propaganda Coffee will become a tavern very much like one of those that can be found at the old part of any Basque town or village for a day. Chef Jefferson Álvarez will use Txotx Basque Imports’ products to bring “a taste from the Basque Country” to the city. “My duty as a chef is to educate people in different kinds of foods,” he told EuskalKultura.com. “We’re very excited about this event,” added Kelly Chomat, CEO of Txotx Basque Imports.
The “Excellence in Basque Studies” will be held once again as part of the summer offerings by the Etxepare Basque Institute. Its goal is to train future Basque teachers that will take part in the Basque language and culture lectureships supported by the Institute at some 30 universities around the world. It will be held July 8-10 in Donostia and Etxepare has now announced that it has some scholarships available to those interested in taking part.
During his tour through Argentina, and with the support of the Zazpirak Bat Basque club in Rosario, Bizkaian musician, Pascual Barturen, gave concerts in four cities. At each destination, the local Basque community had the opportunity to organize presentations that pleased not only their members, but also the rest of music lovers who attended them.