Euskal Herria and the Diaspora are getting ready to celebrate Aberri Eguna, as every year, the celebration coincides with Easter Sunday (this year March 27). Basque clubs like those in Madrid, Caracas and New York, to name a few, never miss this celebration. Other places that will celebrate include Lima, Santiago, Vancouver, Mexico, Sydney, London, Havana or Sao Paulo, and of course several places in Argentina (see separate article).
For the fourth year in a row, the Basque Fest Festival will transform Bilbao into the scene of a great celebration of Basque culture, much like Jaialdi in Boise or NABO Conventions in the US, or Semana Vasca in Argentina, with a huge program of activities, more than 140. The event is dedicated to visitors who come during Holy Week, as well as to the locals with concerts, exhibitions of Herri Kirolak (rural sports), theater, dances and expositions, as well as a txoko dedicated to Basque food and its quality products.
The death last Sunday, in a car accident, of member Francisco Bazurto was quite a blow for many members of the institution that is the little big family of the Eusko Etxea of New York. Another Basque, visiting from the Basque Country is in critical condition. After thinking about it, the EENY has decided to go ahead with next Sunday’s Aberri Eguna celebration, but with a different format dedicated to these two. Patxi’s funeral will take place on Thursday in Queens.
Juan Mari Fundazuri has quit as the Pelotari's Union Representative (UAW-IJAPA), after retiring from professional sports on January 13th. As he told EuskalKultura.com, “the union has not chosen a new representative yet, but I guess they will soon.” Fundazuri has mixed feelings about his new reality and doesn't forget that the sport's future is still in a compromised situation, even though Florida's House of Representatives has again postponed the decision about whether to allow Frontons to install slot machines−their most important game to date.
The solidarity project is part of the activities that are being developed as part of the sister-city relationship that has existed between the Argentine City and the town in Gipuzkoa for the last 16 years. The material received, a load of approximately 20,000 kilos, will be distributed not only in the Greater Buenos Aires but also at receiving center in the northwest of the country in Jujuy, Salta and Tucuman.
The international conference, entitled, “The International Legacy of Lehendakari Jose Antonio Agirre’s Government” will begin on Saturday at the William A. Douglass Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno and will examine the international legacy of the Basque politician. The event will run through Tuesday with the presenters like, from the CBS, Xabier Irujo, Joseba Zulaika and Sandra Ott, along with special guests Angel Viñas (Complutense University, Madrid) and Julian Casanova (University of Zaragoza).
Last year was the 20th anniversary of 'Amerikanuak! Basques in the High Desert,' an exhibition created by the High Desert Museum in Bend, Oregon. After being showcased for several months, it was dismantled but the cultural institution also created an offshoot of the original work which is still traveling and being exhibited, sporadically. Likewise, 'Hidden in plain sight: the Basques' was created in 2010 by the Basque Museum of Boise, Idaho, and inaugurated in New York, intended to travel around the country. In a conversation with EuskalKultura.com, Faith Brower, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the High Desert Museum, said that the importance of these exhibits lies in the fact that they “explore a cultural community that many people are still unaware of.”
EuskalKultura.com opened the call for entries last week for another raffle. This time a history book in English Modern Basque History by Cameron Watson; and three CDs from Iparralde; b_aldeak by the Kalakan Trio; Arbailan, a beautiful work form the heart of Zuberoa and Euskal kolore, a selection of songs and singers that never go out of style. Four great prizes to choose from; all you have to do is send an email.
The book presents the situation of Euskera in the country before the Argentinan Euskaraz program, and since the beginning of the program to present. It will be available at the 2016 Buenos Aires International Book Fair, that will take place April 21-May 9. The book will also be presented throughout the year at various Basque clubs. To host a presentation all you have to do is request the date from FEVA and the author (see reference).
“Guerra,” is an interactive musical show created by Albert Pla, Fermin Muguruza, and Raul “Refree” that can be seen this May in Bogota, Santiago, Montevideo and Buenos Aires. It will be a fast Latin American tour with only one show in each city. In April, this reflection on the war and hot topics such as the refugees crisis will travel to Madrid and Zaragoza, in Spain.