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. The rest of her interview follows.
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!
Julitxu Gysling Zubillaga, born in Necochea and resident for 21 years in Euskal Herria, is the president of the Federation of Choirs of Gipuzkoa since April 27. Julitxu’s life has always been united to music, as she started singing in choirs directed by her grandfather, musician, Hipolito Zubillaga, at the age of five. Her grandfather, one of the founders of the Necochea Basque club was an important influence in her life, both in her love for music as well as for the Basque culture. This connection made her feel at home in Euskal Herria, the land that has given her “two children, friends, and every kind of experience, lessons and MUSIC capitalized.”
A delegation of the Basque Government, headed by Asier Vallejo Itsaso, Director of the Basque Community Abroad, is in Dublin to participate in the European section of the Global Forum of the Diaspora. The conference, which will take place today and tomorrow, strives to be the meeting point where “diaspora communities can forge relationships in the private sector, civil society and public institutions to make their relationships with the country of origin more effective and sustainable.
Following tradition, Gral. Acha celebrated its Provincial Festival of the Calf 2013, organized by the local Euzko Txokoa Basque club. In this, its 41st edition, the Basque community included the good work done by a delegation of Macachin Euzko Alkartasuna to their presentation on Basque culture. Dancers from Euzko Alkartasuna performed as part of the inauguration of the festival and shared the rest of the day with those in attendance. “Our next step will be to travel to Macachin and return the visit” hosting club president, Osvaldo Videla told EuskalKultura.com.
Do you want to participate in the Ex-Dantzari Festival in Mar del Plata? Make your reservation by May 31
Basque poetry goes out into the world with recitals in Brno and at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York
Gure Txoko in Valladolid hosts the National Mus Tournament and Annual Basque club meeting this weekend
If you are an English-speaking Basque: Come to the Basque Country as an "au pair" and learn or practice your Basque
Try your imagination and compete in "Irudimena" with the Azkue Fundazioa and EKE, you only have a week left!