Basque Cultural Day

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

San Francisco Basque Cultural Center


This year's Basque Cultural Day will feature themes from the documentary film GAZTA ZATI BAT (A Peace of Cheese).  The film explores self-determination  through the story of villagers of the Idiazabal region, famous for its cheese.   These villagers revived their local  rural sports and  worked towards a path of self-determination for the Basque Country , both with support from their friends in Scotland.  The cheese of Idiazabal is added as an essential ingredient to this  mix

Admission to the program is free of charge with the exception of the evening dinner.

Presentations      Folkloric Dancing      Dinner      Nazioen Mundua    More Information



HITZALDI ZATI BAT - Presentations - 1:00pm-4:15pm

The following distinguished speakers will be featured:


Marcia Barinaga


Marcia Barinaga, of Marin County’s Barinaga Ranch, will discuss her award winning Basque Cheese making process.

Lisa Corcostegui


Dr. Lisa Corcostegui, Ph.D. graduate from the Center for Basque Studies in Reno, will discuss Basque, Scottish and Irish dance.

Xabier Irujo


Dr. Xabier Irujo, Co-Director of the Center for Basque Studies in Reno, will discuss Self-Determination and its meaning in Europe today in relation to the Basques, Scottish, Irish, Flemish and Catalans.


DANTZA ZATI BAT - Basque - Scottish - Irish  4:30pm-6:00pm


The Zazpiak Bat Basque Dancers will be joined by Scottish Highland Dancers and Irish Step Dancers in a cross-cultural folkloric dance performance.


Zazpiak Bat

Basque Dancers

Directed by Valerie Arrechea

Scottish Highland Dancers

Barbara Cormack & Kathy Yam

Irish Step Dancers

Murphy School of Irish Dance

Jeff Campbell - Bagpiper


AFARIA ZATI BAT - Dinner -  7:00pm

The day's presentations will conclude with a six course dinner at the Basque Cultural Center, 7:00pm. Please make your pre-paid reservations by mailing a check, payable to the “BEO”, to BEO, P.O. Box 31861, San Francisco, CA 94131-0861, by October 28th. The cost is $35 per person (children under 12 $10).

For any questions please contact Nicole Sorhondo at 415-285-0748 or at I .



Images and music from the film Gazta Zati Bat are provided courtesy of

 Nazioen Mundua.


A PIECE OF CHEESE - ENGLISH VERSION from Gazta zati bat on Vimeo.



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