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The documentary Emak bakia directed by Oskar Alegria, is enjoying a successful international tour. The most recent showings took place in California: first, as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival; and later at the Basque Cultural Center sponsored by the local Basque Educational Organization. The documentary tells the story of the search for a mysterious house in Lapurdi and the director was thrilled by so many Basques from Iparralde attending the BCC showing.
The University of California-Santa Barbara (UCSB) held a Symposium on Iberian Studies last week that dedicated a section to Basque topics. The event was attended by Mari Jose Olaziregi from the Etxepare Basque Institute that gave a talk on the situation of Iberian Studies. Accompanying her were experts Unai Nafarrate and Diana Palenzuela (Basque language and culture lecturer at UCSB) who gave talks on Basque radio and the bilingual education in Euskadi.
Maitena Etcheverry, from Argentina and Beatriz de Elguezabal, from Venezuela, EuskalKultura.com winners
The truth is that we generally don’t notify friends and readers that win our sweepstakes, organized by EuskalKultura.com, we usually just send the prize to your home. In the following article we include the last two winners of the camera, Maitena Etcheverry from La Plata, Argentina, and the weekend at a Agro-tourism in Euskadi, that went to Beatriz de Elguezabal from Caracas, Venezuela.
The Basque Government’s Director of the Basque Communities in the Diaspora, Asier Vallejo, participated last week in the Global Diaspora Forum in Dublin, in the European section as part of an international initiative supported by the United States. At the gathering, Vallejo participated in meetings where the experiences of countries like Ireland and Scotland, who work with their US Diasporas to obtain investments and projects for their homelands, were studied. Following his interview with Deia.
The Navarrese Center in Mar del Plata, reestablished 3 years ago, will celebrate San Fermin 2013 on the beach
In 2009, a group formed mostly of members of Centro Navarro of the South in Mar del Plata, decided to form a dance group, “Sexta Merindad.” The decision was made as a response to requests that had been addressed to the board of directions, among which, and according to members of the new club, not allowing some youth to enter the clubhouse. Since then, each group took different paths, even though the “Navarrese Center of the South” was soon truncated: in 2009 their headquarters were sold. Due to this situation, members of “Sexta Merindad” decided to reestablish the Centro Navarro in Mar del Plata in order to continue to be able to continue spreading the culture of their ancestors in the area. They continue to do so and invite everyone to participate in San Fermin again this year. The event is scheduled for July 7th on the beach.
Mariann Vaczi, anthropologist, “Athletic goes against the tendencies of competition; they are the Asterix and Obelix of world soccer”
Hungarian anthropologist Mariann Vaczi recently defended her Ph.D. thesis, “Sport, Nation, Gender: Soccer Culture among the Basques” at the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her work is a study of Bilbao’s Athletic soccer team and its unique philosophy, a project whose research took Vaczi to Bilbao for a year and a half to conduct field work. “My first day in Bilbao was the day before the Copa final 2009; I was fascinated by the energy, the expectation and the enthusiasm in the city. When hundreds of thousands came out to greet the losing team, I realized that there was something fascinating there,” she explained to EuskalKultura.com.
Fermin Muguruza in Cordoba with the group Baietz: “This city has always been a center for resistance”
As part of his international tour “No More Tour 2013,” Fermin Muguruza gave two concerts in Argentina. The Basque musician came to the Southern cone accompanied by the band Kontrakantxa who he performed with in the Vorterix Theater in Buenos Aires and in the Sala Astral in Cordoba. The concerts took place on May 16 and 17 and also included the local groups; in Buenos Aires, Malena D’Alesio and Todopoderoso Popular Marcial; and in Cordoba he played with the Basque-Argentinean group Baietz. In Cordoba, the leader of Negu Gorriak stressed that this town was “a center for resistance,” in Argentina.
The Paraguayan Academy of History will host the presentation of the book The Garays in the Paraguayan Culture by Raul Amaral, at an event sponsored by the local Basque club of Asunción, a city that was founded in 1541 by Basque Domingo Martinez de Irala (Bergara, 1509 – Asuncion, 1556). From the Paraguayan Basque club, its board of directors, led by Hector Izaguirre, invites members and anyone else interested in the topic to attend.
The English version of Linguae Vasconum Primitiae first work published in Euskera in 1545, by Bernard Etxepare from Behe Nafarroa, was published by the Provincial Government of Bizkaia in collaboration with the University of Nevada, Reno with an introduction by Beñat Oyharcabal and prologue by Pello Salaburu.
EuskalKultura.com raffle: The DVDs of the Pastoral about Mendiague will travel to Euskadi, Italy and Argentina
The drawing for five DVDs on the great poet of the Diaspora Jose Mendiague took place and now we are letting you know the names of the winners. The DVDs of this pastoral written by Jean Bordaxarre, performed last summer in Arrokiaga (Zuberoa) and recorded by our friends of Aldudarrak Bideo will travel to Argentina (3), Italy (1) and Euskal Herria (1). Congratulations to the winners (see list below)! And for those of you that weren’t as lucky, good news, there will be another opportunity to win soon. Stay tuned!