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Itziar Aguirre, Basque-Argentine chef doing a master class in Euskadi: “Arzak does magic in the kitchen”
Itziar Aguirre, from Rosario and chef at the Zazpirak Bat Restaurant at the Basque club in Rosario, is living a dream. Since mid-February, she has been in the Basque Country doing a master cooking class with two of the most prestigious chefs: Juan Mari Arzak in Donostia and Eneko Atxa, at the Azurmendi restaurant in Larrabetzu. The meeting has been enriching for all involved. Itziar is from Argentina but speaks Basque and her restaurant serves traditional Basque dishes. Now, she will take what she has learned in the Basque Country to help give a qualitative boost to Basque club restaurants in the country.
EuskalKultura.com is holding another raffle and you can enter starting today. Three books and a DVD are among the prizes: Urruneko mendebalean artzain, (Sheepherder in the Far West) by Mattin Etchamendy (in Basque), Gardeners of Identity by Pedro J. Oiarzabal (English) and Basques in Buenos Aires, by several authors (Spanish); the DVD is the documentary Zerutik sua dator (Fire is Coming from the Sky) in Basque and Spanish by Egoitz Rodriguez Olea. Four great prizes to choose from. All you have to do is send an email. Don’t waste any time and enter!
The internet has been converted into a type of window for Basques in Argentina to see how Carnival is celebrated in the Basque Country. Even though the celebration in their own country also made quite an echo in February and came to a close last Tuesday, with events that entice the entire community. The Basque clubs were part of the festivities and participated very actively and they also stood out. As we saw on a button: the Denak Bat in Cañuelas won a prize: the candidate from Itxaropen in Saladillo was chosen as queen; and the Euskaldunak in Villegas was one of the institutions chosen to work the bar during the Corsican nights.
The University of Liverpool has recently opened a position for a Lecturer in Basque. Candidates should have the following qualifications: a PhD in a related subject, a Certificate in Basque Studies (EGA or equivalent), a record of publications of international excellence and experience teaching Basque language and culture in Higher Education. The assistantship is supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute, but the University will be in charge of the selection process as this will be a fixed position there. The deadline for submission is Friday 4 April 2014.
The blog’s goal is to disseminate Basque and Argentine folklore, and was created by Aitor Alava, a dantzari from Zuhatza, Araba, but residing in Argentina since 2004. With much experience on stage and instructing, the director of the Ekin Dantzari Taldea in Buenos Aires gives life to this proposal convinced the practice isn’t the only way to train a dancer. “If practice isn’t sustained with lectures, then the instruction is unbalanced,” he says. “Dant-ango” is available free on the internet.
Basque-Mexican Historian, Amaya Garritz, will be honored tomorrow on her career thanks to the National Autonomous University (UNAM) in Mexico, more specifically from her Institute of Historical Research. Garritz is an authority in the area of the Basque presence in Mexico and has organized several conferences in the last few years as well as activities dedicated to the topic. The day of tribute will take place at City University in Coyoacán, and will be attended by various history experts and genealogists.
“Gastronomic Patio” on March 15th in Buenos Aires, with participation of Laurak Bat and Euskaltzaleak
Organized by the General Directorate of Communities and the Sub-secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, this 2014 “Gastronomic Patio” will take place on March 15th. As every year, as part of the festival, representatives from various countries will gather with their neighbors to enjoy typical dishes and original snacks. In the case of Basque gastronomy, it will be brought to the Avenida de Mayo thanks to the Laurak Bat and Euskaltzaleak Basque clubs.
Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga will begin today in Adelaide on his Australian tour, where he will participate in various talks and literary gathers to talk about his work and Basque literature in general. Atxaga will participate today in the “In Translation” section of the “Adelaides’ Writers Week,” and tomorrow he will talk about some of his best-known works like Obabakoak. On Wednesday he will travel to Sydney, and on Thursday he’ll be at the University of Melbourne.
March 8th is nearing, next Saturday when various sectors of society will be celebrating “Women’s Day” with various educational and recreational activities. In Argentina, the Basque community recognizes the importance of this event and joins in the festivities as many Basque clubs who invite everyone to celebrate the day. For many institutions, this will be the first community activity of the year. In the following article, invitations come from Ayacucho, Chacabuco and Villa Maria.
The Annual Aberri Eguna Dantzari Get-Together in Cañuelas, Argentina will take place this year on April 5-6th
Organized by the Denak Bat Basque Club in Cañuelas, the Regional Dantzari get-together has fixed the date for this year’s event. Over the eight years of its existence the gathering has achieved attracting groups that travel several hundred kilometers to participate. The festival will be held April 5th and 6th. EuskalKultura.com brings the details together here along with the prices of vouchers.