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Sometimes our daily lives include pleasant surprises from the institutional and social worlds. For instance, last year EuskalKultura.com was a finalist in the Diario Vasco Awards for Best Basque Related Website, and this year the Buber Awards, internet masters in Euskal Herria, noticed us and have made us finalists again in the category of Best Euskera-related website for 2013. Thanks to those who nominated and supported us with your vote. A jury will now decide who the winner will be. “It’s funny,” said director Joseba Etxarri, “because this comes at a pinnacle moment for EuskalKultura.com when we may have to close, or in the best case scenario suffer major cuts,” he said.
The International Day of Euskera has left us once again with curious pictures, fun and motivational thanks to the events organized by Basque club all over the world and above all the initiative and enthusiasm of Basque students. Throughout the week we will publish new photos and chronicles of these events as they come to us. Today, we will share events that took place in South America and here are some photos of activities in other places from London to Montreal.
The language of the Basque Country was at the center of all tributes on the International Day of Euskera
As every year, the Diaspora greatly celebrated the Day of Euskera, and nothing was lacking at the festivities; because besides games, songs, talks and videos there were also pintxos and drinks. From Montevideo to the Andes, the clubs displayed the colors of the ikurriña and the sounds of Euskera to once again show their commitment to the culture and especially to the language of the Basque Country. Following activities that took place in La Plata, El Hoyo (Chubut), Montevideo, Rio Cuarto, Saladillo and San Nicolas.
The President of Navarre, Yolanda Barcina, will lead an official program of events organized in the province of Santa Fe in Argentina on the Centennial of the Navarrese Center in Rosario. Barcina will be welcomed this morning by the local Mayor, Monica Fein, that will present her with the “Distinguished Visitor,” at an event that will attended by the five presidents of Navarrese clubs in Argentina: Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Mendoza, Bolivar and Rosario. Barcina will participate in a meeting of the Federation of Navarrese Centers in Argentina, as well as the Centennial banquet before returning home on Sunday from the airport in Ezeiza.
Basque literature will be present for another year at the Guadalajara International Book Fair in Mexico where Basque publishers will have a stand. In addition, the director for the Promotion of Basque at the Etxepare Institute, Mari Jose Olaziregi and writer Karmele Jaio will participate in events with students, lecturers and an international meeting of storytellers. On December 9th, Jaio will travel to Mexico City where she will give talks at the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Center for Literary Creation, Xavier Villaurrutia, among other activities.
Today the Durangoko Azoka opens its doors and will award Bill Douglass the Argizaiola prize tomorrow
Today at 10:30am the 48th edition of Durangoko Azoka, the main Fair of the Basque Book and Music gets started with a special day dedicated to children. During the day a 1,000 students coming from 22 schools will visit the fair, enjoying the various activities organized expressly for them in the Kabi@ space with workshops on new technology. Tomorrow, American Anthropologist, William A. Douglass, Center for Basque Studies promoter will receive the Argizaiola award for his contribution to the Basque culture in the US Basque Diaspora. Zorionak Bill!
Many of the celebrations of the International Day of the Basque Language in the Diaspora took place the weekend before (last weekend) and many others will take place the weekend after (next one) while in other clubs, it was celebrated on its date, December 3rd. Following is the first wave of celebrations that took place in Argentina with festivities at Euskaldunak Denak Bat (Arrecifes), Gerora (Córdoba), Unión Vasca (Bahía Blanca), Etorritakoengatik (Puerto Madryn) and Eusko Aterpea, de Gral. Rodríguez, in the provinces of Buenos Aires, Córdoba, and Chubut.
From Saint Ouen to Santuene: The Paris Basque club celebrated 10 years in its clubhouse “Basqueing” the neighborhood
The Paris Euskal Etxea has been for 10 years in its clubhouse in the neighborhood of Saint Ouen, where it has become greatly involved with its neighbors and local associations. To celebrate this anniversary the club organized a complete program of activities from November 1-23. The atmosphere at these events was wonderful, according to member Maitane Larronde. One of the most striking events was the basquizing of the name of the neighborhood, where the mayor of Saint Ouen, Jacqueline Rouillon, re-baptized it as Santuene, a name chosen by the PEE members. Zorionak, then to the Basques of Santuene!
The sixth Basque Summer University in Buenos Aires will be held February 17-28: registration is now open
The registration is now open for the Basque Summer University 2014 that will take place at the Euskal Echea School in Buenos Aires from February 17-28. As in prior editions, classes will be held in the morning and afternoon and a project can be submitted to get credit for the program and invited professors will also participate. In the area of sports, they are working on bringing Iñaki Perurena. The cost of the entire program is $200, or $100 per course. Deadline to enroll is December 16.
To celebrate Euskera Day, the Azkue Foundation has presented the 2.0 version of Mintzatu, a website that includes places where Basque is spoken in the world. Innovations include versions for smartphones, more resources, games and a contest that will reward outstanding users. There will be checks of 100 Euros to spend on a online book and music store to the user that creates the largest number of tags in different places (and gets the most towns) and for whoever gets the largest number of hidden trophies. Good luck!