Summer themes: Gaztemundu, Basque teacher in London, dummies etc.
Many are anxious to see who has been chosen to attend Gaztemundu 2012, dedicated this year to Euskera teaching at the Basque centers. We’ve received various emails regarding that. Well, we have been told that the results are spected to be announced between today and tomorrow, after being signed by Guillermo Echenique, Secretary General of Foreign Action of the Basque Government. Good luck for this Gaztemundu that will begin September the 3rd. [Add July, 27: the results]
Related also to Euskera, remember that the Basque Society-Euskal Elkartea in London is looking for a Basque teacher for the upcoming school year. It is not a full-time job, but it can be good experience and also help financially to some Basque person who may already live in London or who has an idea to move there for a period of time.
August is getting closer. Many Basque clubs around the world that just finished celebrating San Fermin are getting prepared for San Ignacio, a celebration around this Basque saint that was born in Loyola, Gipuzkoa. San Inazio or Iñaki Deuna, as it is called in some places, is one of the festivities that is marked in red in the Diaspora. Along with Saint Francis Xavier, Saint Ignatius is the most universal Basque saint, and along with it has given a number of place names of Basque origin to the world: Loyola is a name that is repeated on all five continents as the name of people, places, associations or universities often largely associated with the Jesuits.
We need to remind you, before going any further, that the town of San Ignacio, in Argentina, will celebrate this next weekend its first Big Basque Festival, organized by the Basque club of Corpus Christi, Argentinean province of Misiones. Anyone in the area is still on time.
Just a reminder about the Euskara for Dummies give-away. The book is an excellent resource for people who don’t speak Basque, or who only speak a little, and want to get around in the Basque Country or be able to use expressions, words or phrases used in everyday conversation, all gathered in this book that is easy to read and consult. EuskalKultura.com is giving it away and all you have to do is subscribe a friend to our newsletter and send then an email with your name and information, along with that of the person who you are subscribing. The prize is a copy of this book for each. Participate!
This summer is in full swing and so I have had the opportunity to bee with various visitors from different places in the Diaspora, and in some cases, by coincidence, by others because they have come to see us. People from the US like the Corcosteguis from Reno, NV and the Ysursas from Chino, CA, the San Mames from San Francisco… There is also a group of students here now from Bishop Kelly High School lead by Cathy Clarkson in the second half of an exchange that already took a group of students from the Olabide Ikastola in Vitoria-Gasteiz to Idaho; Judge Ron Parraguirre from Nevada and his family are visiting among other places their family’s origins in Etxalar, Navarre… there is a group of Basques from Euzko Etxea of Necochea in Argentina, who have been visiting the country, and Xabier Zubillaga, director, founder and instigator of Necochea’s Ikastola is also here...
It is summer and festivals are numerous in towns and there are a thousand activities of all types that are taking place. This last weekend they ranged from the Donostia Jazz festival to the presentation of Amaiur by Pier-Pol Berzaitz, a work about the invasion of the Kingdom of Navarre 500 years ago... or the Baztandarren Biltzarra in Elizondo, Navarre. Next there will be a pastoral in the Zuberoan town of Arrokiaga about Jose Mendiague who is directly linked to the Diaspora in Chile, Uruguay and Argentina…