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Barcelona’s Literaldia 2014 will begin on April 23rd with stories, poetry, bertsos, theater and dance
This year the Basque literature festival in Barcelona, Literaldia, will begin on the perfect day: Saint Jordi day. As every year, the Euskal Etxea in Barcelona has prepared an extensive program of activities in order to introduce new authors and literary proposals to both Basques in the city as well as the Catalans. On Saint Jordi, for example, it will bring Basque literature to the streets with authors Elena Moreno and Manu de Ordeñana signing books at the club’s booth.
As part of an undertaking that is being carried out by the city of Ayacucho, Argentina and the Euskal Odola Basque club they will construct two houses for large families that do not have housing. The project was confirmed at a press conference that took place at the clubhouse, attended by the Mayor Pablo Zubiaurre, and club president, Ignacio Etcheverry among others.
“The audience was surprised that this could happen in a ‘model’ state, like Spain is considered in Latin America”
On April 9-12th the film Asier ETA biok was presented at the BAFICI, the Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires with directors Amaia and Aitor Merino present. At the end of the event, the producers shared impressions and points of view with the audience, and according to Aitor, for the audience “it was very surprising that in an European country that is normally considered as a model, like the Spanish State, things like this could have happened.” After the festival, the Merinos visited the Euskaltzaleak association where they participated in an animated debate.
“Organized by Poles for Poles,” this is the secret of the Basque cultural festival in Poznan: los Dni Baskijskie or Basque Days, according to lecturer Amaia Dones. It is her language and culture students at the University Adam Mickiewicz who organized this festival that has for another year was very well attended. Dancing, talks, film, food, bertsolaritza…the cultural offerings were extensive and fun, as you can see in photos included here.
The Valparaiso Basque club calls for help for those affected by the fire that ravaged the Chilean city
The Eusko Etxea in this coastal Chilean city has made a call that urges its members and friends, as well as members of the Basque community, as Basque citizens and Chileans everywhere to help those affected by the tragedy in Valparaiso. The Basque club is gathering goods at the clubhouse, as well as money in a club account, for those most affected.
Basque communities in the Diaspora are getting ready this week to celebrate one of the major festivities: Aberri Eguna or the Day of the Basque Homeland. It is one of the events that attracts the most people, as demonstrated by the large list of activities planned all over the world: from Paris to Mexico, via New York, Madrid, Miami, Vancouver, Havana, Sydney, Caracas and New Orleans among others.
To celebrate the Day of the Basque Homeland, the local Basque club in Coronel Moldes, Argentina has organized a film series April 23-25th. The event includes six Basque film classics and is being coordinated by Carlos Gabilondo. Marita Echave, club president and author of Basque Rural Cooking, included that pintxos will be served after the screening. Admission is free.
A reception at Mendiko Euzko Etxea’s remodeled clubhouse to celebrate Aberri Eguna in Bariloche, Patagonia
Even if the official event will take place, as always, in the Parade of Communities in Bariloche, following the ceremony and unlike other years, Basque club members will welcome local authorities and representatives of other communities at the newly remodeled clubhouse. The event will take place on April 26. Prior, on Saturday the 19th the night before Easter Sunday, the club will raffle a huge Easter Egg, that weighs 3 kg, and is decorated with the colors of the Ikurriña.
The Basque club at Saint Pierre et Miquelon is looking for musicians for its Basque Festival in August
The League of Basque Pilota and the Saint Pierre et Miquelon Basque club, islands located south of Newfoundland, have published a call on the Euskal Kultur Erakundea’s website looking for musicians interested in traveling there and performing at its 33rd Basque Festival. The event will take place August 13-25th, with organizers providing travel, and lodging for three musicians.
Iñaki Castañeda and Alfredo Olabegoia will leave tomorrow from Santa Monica, California, to begin a pioneer adventure on the mythic Route 66. Castañeda is attempting to become the first cyclist to cross the US, coast to coast, on a hand bike without a supporting car. Along the way, this team of veteran athletes, 62 and 66 years of age, hope to greet Basques or Basque clubs on their route. If this is your case, get in touch with them and go meet them.