Berri Txarrak, one of the more international Basque groups, will be in South America this December on a tour with the group Descendents. Concerts have already been set in Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago, with more now being added in these cities, along with new concert dates in Lima and Bogota.
Continuing with its substantial program of activities, the Juan de Garay Basque-Argentine Foundation will hold today its annual dinner. At the same time, they will honor Horacio Larre Oroño, Roberto Landaburu and Beatriz Aguirre-Urreta for their outstanding contribution to the Argentine society. The Foundation will continue its cultural program on November 29th with a talk about the Gaztemundu 2016 experience.
The six prizes in EuskalKultura.com’s November raffle are already spoken for with three of them going to Argentina, and the others going to Uruguay, Germany and the US. Entrees came from 10 different countries. Zorionak to the winners and to everyone else, don’t give up, we’ll have another one soon. Here is the list of winners.
Next August, a group of rowers from Iparralde, Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia will travel to Newfoundland to participate in the Ternua 2017 expedition. Members of the expedition will leave from Placentia and will travel 400 kilometers to the islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon. There they will join in on the Zazpiak Bat Basque Club’s festival.
On the 80th anniversary of the Basque Government and the election of Jose Antonio Agirre as the first Lehendakari, the “Agirre Lehendakaria” group has launched the “Gabon” initiative to commemorate the end of year messages that Lehendakari Agirre used to send to Basques in Euskal Herria and the Diaspora. They are inviting everyone to record a short Christmas message and send it by December 10th. All of the greetings received will be compiled into a video that will be broadcast on December 13th. It will be available via streaming all over the world.
The spirit of auzolan, community work, has no boundaries, as was shown at a Txitxiburduntzi in Lendelede (Belgium), to support the renovation of the 400 year old Baserri in Bedarona, Bizkaia. The event included the participation of the Txalaparta Choir from the Brussels Euskal Etxea, and the money raised is for renovating Olabe’s roof, a baserri who new owners wish to convert it into a place for cultural encounters.
It hopes to become a useful tool to connect, link and promote exchanges of information, initiatives, and experiences and to create networks between Basques in Euskal Herria and the Diaspora, as well as Basque citizens and friends who work in the Basque Country as well as around the world. “Basque Global Network” is a service tool for Basque citizens like you. Why not try it, go and register for “Basque Global Network.”
Only a month left until the end of the year, and so Basque clubs in Argentina have already started preparing their 2017 calendars. Chascomus will be the site for Udaleku Summer Camp January 3-7, organized by the Zingirako Euskaldunak. Deadline to enroll is December 10th. The Dantzari Get-Together in Cañuelas will be held on Aberri Eguna, April 8-9th.
One of the four victims who died last Friday when the air ambulance she was traveling in crashed shortly after takeoff from the Elko, NV Airport. Tiffany Urresti, was 29 and used to be a member of the Elko Fire Department as well as part of the local Basque community. She also had been a dantzari in the Arinak Dancers in Elko, as well as a member of the local Basque club and a member of a well-known Basque family that includes former NABO president Mary (Urresti) Gaztambide. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the members of the Urresti, Gaztambide, and Cassingham families.
The Basque Book and Album Fair in Durango will recognize groundwork done over the years by hundreds or thousands of anonymous Euskaltzales and will award the prestigious Argizaiola Award to six people, including Jose Ramon Zengotitabengoa, who will receive it representing the Diaspora. Zengotitabengoa has carried out his work through the Society of Basque Studies in America. Zorionak to him and to all of the awardees.