As a result of the collaborative work between the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Institut Ramon Llull , Basque and Catalan poets offered a bilingual recital yesterday May 28 at 18:00 at the headquarters of the Institut Llull in Barcelona. The Basque poetry was represented by RikardoArregi, Iñigo Astiz andItxaro Borda, while the Catalan poets were Mireia Calafell, Jordi Juliá and Jordi Llavina.Read more
ÀlexSusanna, director of the Institut Ramon Lull, AizpeaGoenaga, director of the Etxepare Basque Institute and MariJoseOlaziregi, director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language attended the event as well.
This project includes also a return trip: next Autumn the Basque and Catalan poets will meet again, this time in the Basque Country, in a recital that will take place at the Tabakalera center in Donostia.
Thanks to the agreement between the International Street Arts Festival FEST´ARTS of Libourne and the Etxepare Basque Institute, Basque dance and theater companies have the opportunity to attend the festival through the "Euskadi à Libourne" program. The program of the festival, to be held from 6 to 8 of August was presented yesterday, and this year includes 4 Basque companies: Compañía Dikothomia, Shakti Olaizola, Ganso & Cía and Kukai Dantza Konpainia.
Dikothomia will present the show "Spazi ... o";Shakti Olaizola will bring "... Irakuriz" to Libourne; Ganso & Cía will go with "Walkman" and Kukai Dantza Konpainia will attend the festival with the show "Sorbatza". All of them perform on August 7 and 8.
Since 2011, the Etxepare Basque Institute works with Fest´arts to disseminate Basque street theater: through the "Euskadi à Libourne" project Basque companies have the opportunity to be part of the festival. It is a great opportunity to show their work to international professionals as well as to relate to new audiences and artists of the sector. It is a program promoted by the Etxepare Institute and the city of Libourne, that was born in collaboration with the Institut Français of Bilbao.
The festival also serves as a bridge between the region of Aquitaine and the Basque Country; a clear example is the co-production between Les Commandos Percu and Deabru Beltzak that bore fruit in the show "Le choc du tambeurs- Danborren talka " in last year´s edition of Fest’Arts.Read more
The International Festival of Street Arts and Theatre of Valladolid, TAC, celebrates its sixteenth edition between 27 and 31 May with a diverse programming which gathers national and international proposals that combine theater and circus tradition with more avant-garde languages and styles. Four Basque companies will take part at the festival: two street theater ones - Markeliñe and Trapu Zaharra- and two contemporary dance ones -Lasala and Victoria P. Miranda.
Markeliñe company presents the show "Andante" (28 and 29 May); Trapu Zaharra travels to the festival with “La Conga”(May 29,30,31); Lasala brings "Hooked" (29 and 30 May) and Victoria P. Miranda will represent "And that´s why I am here today" (28 and 29 May). In total, 54 companies and artists from 12 different countries will be participating in the festival of Valladolid.
The streets of Valladolid will be the stage for 170 performances ranging from street theater to circus, through the clown, mime, mask theater, dance and music and performative proposals, visual shows and sensory experiences. Viewers will be active members for the development of proposals, grouped into three sections: the Official Section, which will host the premiere of seven shows; North Station Section, which will present the latest works of five local companies; and Off section, which will have the circus as a protagonist.Read more
Iker Arranz, reader of Basque language and Culture in Santa Barbara will take part today in a joint activity with the cook Aingeru Etxebarria: the reader will offer a talk on Basque cuisine while the Etxebarria cooks in Santa Barbara (Presidio Chapel).
This activity is organized within the four-month course "Culinary Arts and Identity" that Arranz is offering in the readership, and will be accompanied by Etxebarria for two weeks. The objective is to publicize the Basque cuisine in Santa Barbara.
Extension (UCSB), Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Basque Delegation and the Consul of Los Angeles have joined the event, and the last one will offer a speech in Basque language.Read more
With the aim of encouraging literary creation and dissemination, Kutxa Fundazioa announces the XLI Kutxa Literary Awards of Irun City. Until July 30, writers from all over the world can submit their work both in Basque and Spanish languages.
As usually, the contest will maintain its two categories: poetry and novels, both in Basque and Spanish and the funding to the winning entries- 15,000 € for poetry and 25,000 € for novel -.
The jury will announce the names of the winners on December 19 and Kutxa Fundazioa will be in charge of publishing the winning works.
You can find all the information here.Read more
The music performer Ainara LeGardon, the media-artist Jaime de los Rios and the dancer Eneko Gil will have the opportunity to make artistic residencies this Summer in Wroclaw, thanks to the second call launched by DSS2016EU and the Etxepare Basque Institute.Read more
This call aims to promote mobility, intercultural dialogue and cooperation, and is open to different artistic disciplines as performing-arts, music, literature, visual arts or audiovisuals, as well as to multidisciplinary proposals, as long as they are projects related to the objectives of the European Capitals of Culture Wroclaw and Donostia 2016.
The three creators chosen on this year’s call, have presented their projects to the press today. The musician Ainara LeGardon will collect sounds of Donostia and Wroclaw to create a sound script, which later will perform and record. Jaime de los Ríos will create a digital, collective and open bridge between the two cities, based on the social platform Twitter. And the dancer Eneko Gil will embody the life and work of the writer, painter and graphic artist Schulz, in a solo that combines traditional and contemporary Basque dance.
Xabier Paya, director of Donostia 2016 and Aizpea Goenaga, director of the Etxepare Basque Institute have accompanied the three artists in the presentation; and both have stressed the importance of these trips back and forth to open new productions for Basque creation, as it is already happening with the artists who participated in the program last year.
In addition, the artists selected in the residency program this year and the artists who developed their proposals in the 2014 edition - Matxalen de Pedro, Maialen Sarasua and Goiatz Labandibar- will participate with their projects in the BASK festival in Wroclaw, organized by Wroclaw 2016 with the support of the Donostia 2016 Hazitegiak program, in July.
The Basque group Kalakan will offer a concert on May 29 at 8:30 pm at Le Rocher de Palmer Culture Center in Bordeaux. This renowned cultural center has included the recital in its main program, which indicates the expectation this band is creating.
Kalakan is performing internationally its second album, that was presented last April in the Sara caves. In "Elementuak", the musicians Jamixel, Thierry and Xan travel back to the roots of traditional Basque music.
This culture center is paying special attention to the Basque culture. Following the agreement signed in 2014 between the Etxepare Basque Institute, Euskal Kultur Erakundea and Le Rocher de Palmer, the latter has inserted in its annual activities AKITANIA.EUS, a new program specifically dedicated to the Basque culture, and more particularly to the Basque music. The activities are taking place in Spring and Autumn of 2015 and will include music workshops, an exhibition and several concerts, in addition to literary recitals.
In March Juan Mari Beltran, Basque musician and researcher imparted courses on Basque traditional music. The workshops were organized for the general public that attends Le Rocher de Palmer, but also for children, in a bid for school groups organized in parallel.Read more
In March, moreover, the txalaparta was the instrument of the month in the cultural center of Bordeaux, which has dedicated an exhibition to the instrument. In addition, for a week other Basque folk instruments, brought by Juan Mari Beltran from his museum, Soinuenea, have also be shown - flutes, ttun-ttun, albokas ... -.
The activities planned for Autumn will start in November. The center will schedule a concert of a Basque group of jazz, and, together will the Bordeaux Literature Fair Literature, they also plan to organize Basque literature recitals.
For the second time, the project ‘Euskal Sortzaileak Sarean’, created by the Etxepare Basque Institute and Mintzanet of Maramara* taldea, is being carried out. Thanks to this project, Basque artists from different fields offer online training through Mintzanet to students of the Basque language and Culture readerships worldwide. Do not forget that you can watch full videos of the sessions on the youtube channels of the Etxepare Institute and Mintzanet.Read more
Professor Pio Perez Aldasoro opened the cycle, and talked about Basque culture with the students of Moscow with the help of the reader Ainhoa Ayerbe. The students of the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, however, addressed the issue ´Stories about Basque conflicts´ with Ur Apalategi and with the help of the reader Aritz Galarraga. Tomorrow will be the turn of the writer Harkaitz Cano, who will chat with students in Poznan (Poland) and the reader Maialen Sobrino about ´Zer liburu Ipuin?´
This is the second edition of the program in which different creators have taken part: Mark Kurlansky, Eider Rodriguez, Unai Elorriaga, Itxaro Borda, Arantxa Urretabizkaia, Karmele Jaio Ivan Igartua, Iñaki Martinez de Luna, Miren Amuriza and Unai Elorriaga.
2015-05-01 / 2015-05-31 - The Basque group Damba, in Latin America
The Basque groupDamba has started a new project in Latin America: they will record a new disk together will Cuban artists and they will go on tour.
During the tour, they will have the chance to take part in an important festival, thanks to EGREM and the National Music Institute of Cuba: CUBADISCO 2015.
2015-05-06 / 2015-06-05 - Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago: Basque cinema, a cultural and political history
2015-2016 academic program of the Koldo Mitxelena Chair at the University of Chicago
The goal of the chair is to extend the Basque Studies in North America, and this year will focus on the History of Basque Cinema, with professors Pilar Rodríguez (University of Deusto) and Rob Stone (University of Birmingham).
Basque cinema is and always has been a vital medium for the examination and perpetuation of Basque identity from numerous perspectives emanating from a specific geographical point and resulting in diverse trajectories. It has proven itself a durable vehicle for the historical, political, social and artistic interests of the Basque people and has duly imagined past, present and future variations on local, national and international concerns that all contribute to this frustrating, yet at the same time liberating ambiguity about the Basque Country. The course will explore the major works and themes in Basque cinema, from its origins to present day productions, with a special attention paid to four aspects: the creation of the Basque nation on screen, filmic representations of terrorism, the cinema of the second wave of filmmakers, and contemporary films which range from the Kimuak initiative for short films to local and diasporic works.
This chair, founded by the Etxepare Basque Institute in 2012, is part of the Division of Humanities at the University of Chicago and hosts every year a renowned Basque professor who imparts seminars and lectures about Basque humanistic studies. Etxepare has created five chairs in international universities worldwide.
2015-05-07 / 2015-07-08 - Euskal Barrokensemble World Tour
Euskal Barrokensemble continues performing ancient, classical and popular music all over the world. The group founded and directed by Enrike Solinis is already a regular participant at the most relevant international festivals.
These are their next performances for Spring and Summer:
7 & 8 Hamburg, Enrike Solinís & NDR
8 Boston, Hesperion XXI
25 Granada, Accademia Del Piacere
28 Potsdam, Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
18 Fontfroide, Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
28 Salzburg, Hesperion XXI
18 Rioja , Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
21 Femap, Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
22 Femap, Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
6 Poznan, Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
8 Vitoria-Gazteiz, Enrike Solinís & Euskal Barrokensemble
2015-05-09 / 2015-11-22 - Three works by Eduardo Chillida, at the exhibition Proportio, in Venice
The exhibition Proportio, to be open in the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice until late November and that coincides with the 56th Biennial of Art of the Italian city, shows two gravitationals and a sculpture by Basque artist Eduardo Chillida.
The Eduardo Chillida-Pilar Belzunce Foundation has informed that this exhibition, curated by Axel Veredoordt and Daniela Ferretti, explores "the omnipresence of universal proportions in art, science, music and architecture" and reflects on "the relationship between order and chaos".
Chillida is represented in the exhibition with the work ´Eulogy of light XX´, a sculpture in alabaster, and two of his papers called ´gravitationals´. Along with the works of Chillida, works by some other artists are shown: Marina Abramovic, Anish Kapoor, Massimo Bartolini, Rei Naito, Michael Borremans, Izhar Patkin, Maurizio Donzelli, Otto Boll, Francesco Candeloro or Riccardo De Marchi,
2015-06-06 / 2015-06-06 - "Whispered poetry" at the readership of La Plata
A session of "Whispered poetry" will be held at the readership of Basque language and Culture of the Etxepare Basque Institute, with Irati Astobieta and Garazi Basterretxea as whisperers; on May 6 at the Faculty of Economics, UNLP at 15:30 pm, in the classroom B.Read more
2015-07-08 / 2015-07-10 - "Excellence in Basque Studies V" at the Summer Courses
Organized by the Basque Institute Etxepare and the UPV-EHU, the fifth annual Excellence in Basque Studies course will be held this year in the Summer Courses of the UPV. This course provides training for current and future readers of universities around the world, and for this purpose, expert speakers in different areas of the Basque language and culture have been invited. This edition will honor the writer Mariasun Landa.
Those who want to sign up can now do so using this link. The course will be held from 8 to 10 July in the headquarters of the Summer Courses: Miramar Palace in Donostia.
Youth and children´s literature, gender studies, reading habits in the digital era and the challenges of a multilingual society for the writer; several topics that have been tackled for years by Mariasun Landa will be discussed.
Here is the full program.Read more