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The International Day of Euskara

International Basque Day (ENE) was established in 1949 by the Society for Basque Studies. Now in the 21st century this Society continues to adapt to the changes and challenges posed by society enthusiastically cultivating the Basque language in all facets of their activity. The ENE logo, designed by the Basque artist Nestor Basterretxea in 2005, is the symbol of identity of this annual anniversary day.

Press conference: The International Day of Euskara


In this 2007 edition, it is the wish of Eusko Ikaskuntza to take a step forward, to get closer to Basque youths. We want to make a bid for Basque to become the treasure and the language of young people and for this reason five young bertsolaris will be the bearers of the ENE baton. Their verses will also be the symbol of this edition of the ENE, to be held on 3 December.


    Has studied interpretation, translation and piano. He has worked as a translator, dubbing actor, investigator and teacher. He signed up for the bersolari school of Algorta with his brother and has attained great success in interscholastic contests and championships. He is the Bizkaia (2006) champion. He participates in the Bersolari Association and several other projects.

    [ Complete biography of Xabi Paya ]

    Basque and immigration

    The world never stops,
    it is always moving.
    It is the mirror and image
    that reflects all that lives on it.
    A river divides
    one world from the other,
    you could go swimming
    and float in the water.
    But language links
    the two ends, left and right.
    Let Basque be
    your road and your bridge. (bis)

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    Basque and immigration

    There is only one world
    but how many lands and countries!
    The earth does not dominate
    those that live on it.
    Each makes the earth its own
    grass, sand and stone.
    Each land is different,
    each has its past and its heritage.
    Many immigrants
    come to the Basque Country
    without ever really reaching
    this land. (bis)

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