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The La Plata Basque club and Aviron Bayonnais Rugby strengthened ties with an agreement signed in Baiona

03/18/2016

The Aviron Bayonnais jersey will soon be worn in Argentina.  In the photo, on either side Francis Salagoity and Christian Deveze, presidents of the club and in the middle Javier Clua, president of the Euzko Etxea in La Plata.

The agreement includes, among other points, the authorization of the Children’s Rugby School at the Basque club to use the official jersey and the logo of the club in Iparralde.  In the same way, and looking to the future, it also includes the exchange of young athletes between both entities.  Along with this news, the Basque Argentine club also announced an exhibition of all the activities that it organizes. 

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Carolina Minaberry: “I am very connected to Argentina, although when I visit Euskadi, I feel a happiness that is difficult to express”

03/18/2016

Carolina Minaberry with her son Unai during their recent trip to Euskadi (photo EuskalKultura.com)

Basque-Argentine Psychologist, born in Lincoln in the Province of Buenos Aires, Carolina Minaberry was in the Euskadi recently, remembering the time when she came to study Basque and pass the EGA, and was asked to teach classes to Basque natives. 

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Argentina’s Semana Vasca, November 11-13 in Necochea; NABO Convention, July 2-3 in Chino, California

03/17/2016

We have been asked several times, and so we felt it warranted an article: when are in 2016 the main NABO and FEVA Basque community gatherings in Argentina and the US?  Chronologically, the first national  get-together will be the NABO Convention that will be this year in Chino, California July 203, hosted by the Southern California Basque Club.  In Argentina, the Semana Nacional Vasca will be held November 11-13 in Necochea hosted by local Euzko Etxea.  But there is more.

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“Amama,” by Asier Altuna, and “Lejos del mar,” by Imanol Uribe, compete, beginning today, at the Nantes Film Festival

03/17/2016

“Amama” by Asier Altuna, will compete in the official section

Today marks the start of the 26th edition of the Nantes Film Festival that will once again dedicate a special place to Basque film, thanks to the “La Fenêtre Basque” (The Basque Window) section, supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute.  This year, two Basque films compete in the official section: Amama and Lejos del mar (Far from the Sea). In addition the Opera Prima section also includes two films made in the Basque Country: An Autumn without Berlin by Lara Izagirre and Pikadero filmed in Euskera by Scottish director Ben Sharrock. 

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A gigantic Tres Z zahato or bota represented the Euskal Etxea at the 44th Calf Festival in Ayacucho

03/17/2016

The Euskal Odola float in the parade at the 44th Calf Festival in Ayacucho

The 2016 of the Calf Festival and Yerra Day in Ayacucho included a large representation from the local Basque club.  On the one hand, Euskal Odola was the site of the festival’s queen candidate presentation, and on the other, they marched in the parade with a float with an original image of the Basque Country: a gigantic zahato or bota bag and the dantzaris.  See the gallery. 

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The Dorothy Bicandi Aldecoa Community History Project is yielding its first fruits in Idaho, Oregon, and soon in Nevada

03/16/2016

Tony Villanueva, interviewed by the Research Group. He is the son of Jose Villanueva, who was the contact for the Basque Government in Idaho. They moved to Emmett, from Boise, in 1936. (photos DACRP)

A community gathering took place in Emmett, Idaho on Monday afternoon, organized by Toni Berria, Patty Miller, Connie Urresti, and Carolyn Ruby. This Community Research Team is getting some important information about Basque families in Idaho and Oregon, from the beginning of the past century to the present days. “We want to create a comprehensive history,” said Berria in a conversation with EuskalKultura.com. “We want to know what brought them here, what they did… But, most importantly, we're going to ask them how they want to be portrayed.”

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Eusko Etxea in New York has completed renovating its facilities and will debut on Aberri Eguna

03/16/2016

Photos of the renovation of the Euskal Etxea in New York (photosNYEE)

After the long process of its clubhouse renovation that took place over the last few months, Eusko Etxea in New York has announced the completion of the second phase of work and has invited club members to come for a cleaning day next Saturday at 10:00am in order to get ready for its debut next week on March 27, Aberri Eguna. 

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“Give Basque Wings” also from Argentina, studying the Basque language on the network of Euskal Etxeas

03/16/2016

The winning poster of the contest held at Semana Vasca 2015 to promote the 2016 Basque classes

“Because it is the language that our ancestors left us,” “Because it is old, original and unique,” or simply “Because it is a reflection of the good climate that permeates the Basque club in our city.”  There are many reasons to learn Basque; all of them different and all of them valid.  And when you are ready, there are a number of possibilities at Basque clubs, worlwide but in this case we´ll talk about the ones in Argentina, where they have announced the start of classes for 2016.  Come on and give Basque wings!

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EUSkype: NABO is offering Basque language classes online, through the famous online video-chat service

03/15/2016

Markel Bilbao, Beth Carmichael (left), and Paul Contino study Euskara from Washington D.C. with the aid of their teacher Oihana Andion (below) (Image: E.K.)

The widespread access to the Internet became one of the biggest revolutions in modern era and, as part of that, language learning experienced a huge change: anybody could have a real time conversation with a native speaker of virtually any language in the world, hence quickly, easily, and in a very affordable way, improving her or his language skills. Currently, NABO is offering two Basque language classes via Skype, one for students in Rocklin, California, and another one for a group in Washington D.C. “I was afraid it was going to be a little bit chaotic, but it actually works perfectly well. It's very convenient,” said Beth Carmichael, from D.C., in conversation with EuskalKultura.com.

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Gurtubays from all over the world gathered in Atxondo to surprise a family member from Argentina looking for her origins

03/15/2016

Members of the Gurtubay family at the Akebaso Restaurant in Atxondo, along with journalist Olga Zabalgogeaskoa (left), presenter of “Origen"

Basque Argentine Maria Pilar Gurtubay is currently in the Basque Country recording the ETB’s program Origen in the process of searching for her Basque roots.  Last Thursday, while she visited in Atxondo (Bizkaia) a farmhouse that used to belong to her family, she was surprised by a large group of family members who came from Argentina and Venezuela and different places of the Basque Country itself.  It was a new chapter for this saga that is already organizing another reunion in 2017. 

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