As every two year, the International Dance Fair Tanzmesse 2016 will be held from August 31 to September 3 in Düsseldorf (Germany). After the positive participation in this fair in 2014, the Etxepare Basque Institute will organize the stand "BASQUE DANCE" again in 2016, with the collaboration of ADDE. Companies can submit proposals to be included in the artistic program, but this year the procedure for submissions has changed.
In this edition, only companies that have received the invitation from a booth can submit proposals and the deadline is September 30, 2015. Therefore, those who are interested in submitting an artistic proposal through the Etxepare Institute, have to send an email to the Institute (firstname.lastname@example.org) before September 11, after which they will be sent an invitation with a link to complete the application form. Companies must also send this documentation online: a video of the entire show (only a URL link where it can be downloaded will be accepted) and a Technical Rider.
Two types of proposals are accepted:Read more
1. PERFORMANCE: Professional shows finished and ready for a tour. In this case they can be both for a theater and site-specific, and cannot be longer than 60 minutes.
2. OPEN STUDIO: Shows that are in production, unfinished in 2016. In this case the approach would be to offer some parts of the show together with explanations about the work and the process of creation, etc. offering a show-workshop.
The organization shall inform selected before January 15, 2016.
The University of the Basque Country / EHU (Vice President for Graduate Studies and International Relations) offers, together with the Etxepare Basque Institute, a training course aimed at readers of Basque language and culture in foreign centers.
This course will be held in Donostia from September 25 to November 21, 2015, and the registration period will be open from 1 to 15 September.
From the beginning one of our main objectives is to complete the training of readers that will be teaching Euskara as a foreign language. This training course has been designed thinking on their specific needs on the day a day and is intended for graduates aspiring to cover such occupation in higher education centers and foreign universities that we work with trough cooperation agreements.
The training revolves around several issues of linguistic, educational and methodological fields, as well as around culture and civilization.Read more
The presence of Basque language is widening in the technology sector. We can be active users of social media and many operating systems -such as, for example, Windows- in Euskera, sometimes thanks to popular mobilization, and others by self-initiative of the company. Now, thanks to a petition on the web Change.org, we may soon be able to use Apple systems in Euskera.
The campaign was promoted by Xabier Martinez in spring 2013, when he created a petition on Change.org to ask Apple to offer its systems and services in the Basque language. The petition says that "to preserve the culture and language, it is necessary to use in our day a day"; "In this globalized world" Basque language must be used as a technology, and therefore, there must be the possibility to surf the Apple systems in that language.
The request has exceeded the 27,000 signatures needed, thanks to the large increase that had this past July: According to data from the web, on July 21 they had 2,424 signatures and 27,002 only ten days later, -in part thanks to the impact of social media-. These signatures will be submitted to Tim Cook and three other directors of Apple. As Xabier Martin says on his website, he has collected the signatures and the over 142 comments in 830 pages. Now it remains to be seen whether Apple executives give the final step and Basque users have the opportunity to use its programs and services in Euskera.Read more
The International Street Arts Festival FEST´ARTSof Libourne opens today until August 8. Thanks to the agreement between the festival and the Etxepare Basque Institute, Basque dance and theater companies have the opportunity to attend the festival through the "Euskadi à Libourne" program; this year it 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 will 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 appointment was set for August 3 in the Barandiaran Room, Leketio, at 7 pm. The local mayor, Koldo Goitia, welcomed the audience, offering a truly enjoyable opening ceremony.
Then it was the turn of Mari Jose Olaziregi, director for the promotion and dissemination of Euskera of the Etxepare Basque Institute. She spoke about the exhibition on the work of Imanol Ordorika held in 2012 at UNAM, and how she though that the exhibition had to be displayed also in the Basque Country, as a benchmark of the Basque architecture in the exile. By then she already knew some members of the family, especially Nile Ordorika, sister of the architect, also in Lekeitio, Lauaxeta’s goddaughter.
It was Nile who told her and Anjel Lertxundi in the act of 2011 in the Euskal Etxea of Mexico DF the journey into the exile of the family. His father, Joseba Ordorika, captained the ship "Vita" carrying the family and their belongings to Mexico in the Second Republic, and it was Lauaxeta who took the family to Bilbao. He was arrested after that trip, when he returned to Gernika. Nile is a strong woman, that with 79 years traveled with his daughter Maite to the barnetegi Maizpide with a grant from the Etxepare Institute; great architect, like his brothers Imanol and Jokin.
Olaziregi mentioned those experiences in her speech, and then she read a passage of the book "Urtebete itsasargian" of the author from Lekeitio Miren Agur Meabe, where the hard political panorama of Lekeitio during the war is told. Then, Juan Jose Arrizabalaga (Director of GATS / UPV) took the floor to remind the conference on the work of Ordorika that took place in Donostia in 2014, and continued in Bilbao.
The event was continued by a grateful Maria Jose Ordorika, Imanol’s daughter, today professor of architecture at the UNAM. By the end of the event, Mario Sangalli (EGAT / professor UPV) explained the characteristics of the architecture of Ordorika.
An event to remember, that brought to Lekeitio the Basque architecture of exile. Among others, they attended the meeting the journalist Koldo San Sebastián, and the writer Miren Agur Meabe.Read more
The Basque Studies Program at Boise State University will be consolidated soon, as the result of an agreement signed today between the university and the Etxepare Basque Institute to create a new Chair: Eloise Garmendia Bieter. This chair will be named after the mother of Boise Mayor -David H. Bieter, the only Basque-speaking mayor outside the Basque Country- for her commitment to the Basque culture and her prominent role in the community.Read more
The agreement signed today by the director of the Etxepare Basque Institute Aizpea Goenaga and the provost of BSU Martin Schimpf reinforces the teaching of Basque language and culture in BSU through the readership driven by the Basque Studies Program, with the creation of a new teaching position that strengthens the academic presence of Basque culture in an strategic city like Boise. It also lays the groundwork for the creation of the Chair where every year a visiting professor will be invited to offer teaching to graduate students, with the aim of increasing studies and research on issues related to Basque language and culture.
Idaho is one of the US states where the presence of the Basque community is more noticeable. This makes it a strategic area for the development of the activity of the Etxepare Basque Institute. The agreement now renewed is a continuation of the one that both entities signed in 2011. Thanks to that agreement, in the last four years more than 450 students have taken part in Basque language and culture courses annually. Besides organizing Basque courses, the Basque Studies Program at BSU has also organized different events such as the preparation and publication of materials on Basque language, literature and culture; seminars and conferences or collaboration with institutions aimed at the promotion and knowledge of the Basque culture and language.
The Mugaz Gaindi conference began yesterday morning in Boise, bringing together teachers, students, researchers and people of the community. The rector of the UPV-EHU Iñaki Goirizelaia opened the symposium, highlighting both the personal relationship that he has always had with the Diaspora, and the future projects that the university will organize along with the Etxepare Institute to disseminate and strengthen Basque culture on the outside.Read more
Mari Jose Olaziregi took over and emphasized the network of lecturers and professors that the Etxepare Basque Institute has created through the world, as well as the effort to promote Basque language and culture internationally. She had a warm welcome and the audience praised the work of the Etxepare Institute; she was accompanied by Aizpea Goenaga. Olaziregi appealed to reflection, stressed the importance of the relationship between those dedicated to Basque studies and the need to create a network of teachers, as well as the importance of creating more academic relations between Basque universities and those which offer Basque studies abroad. That is, in fact, the key of the method of work of the Etxepare Institute: collaboration.
The emeritus professor and expert on Basque studies William Douglas continued with the conference, presenting his study on the presence of the Basques in the Pacific, as well as what it is said about them in literary texts. After him, Viola Miglio spoke about the slaying of Basque whalers in Iceland in 1615 and highlighted the topics discussed at the conference organized there along with the Etxepare Institute. The next speaker was Imanol Agote, from Albaola.
The conference Euskal Herria Mugaz Gaindi is a meeting point of academic researchers of the Basque Diaspora and culture in their development outside the geographical boundaries of the Basque Country, organized by the Center for Basque Studies at Boise State University.
2015-03-26 / 2015-10-04 - "Punk: sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo” at the CA2M of Móstoles
The exhibition “Punk: sus rastros en el arte contemporáneo”, co-produced by the Artium Museum of Vitoria-Gasteiz and the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo CA2M, will be open at this center Móstoles of March 26 to October 4, with the collaboration of the Etxepare Basque Institute, the British Council, the Goethe Institut, Prohelvetia and Radio 3. In October the exhibit will be shown in Gasteiz.
The exhibition is curated by David G. Torres and includes, amongst others, works by the Basque artists Pepo Salazar, Iñaki Garmendia, Itziar Okariz and Juan Perez Agirregoikoa.
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,
2015-06-14 / 2016-08-10 - Judith Jáuregui´s International Tour
The Basque piano player Judith Jáuregui will perform during the 2015 and 2016 in an international tour that covers France, Spain and Japan. Here the concert schedule:
- June 14: Lille Piano Festival
- July 16: Radio France Montpellier Festival
- July 20: Nohant Chopin Festival
- October 13: Piano en Valois Festival
- June 4 & 5: Orquesta Sinfónica de Murcia and the Master Kaspar Zehnder
- Junio 23 : Festival Internacional de Música de Granada
- June 26 : Festival Madrid Clazz
- June 10 & 11: Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao and the Master Erik Nielsen
- July 14-21 de julio: Debut tour of the Spanish Symphonic Orchestra and the Master Antonio Méndez TOKYO-YOKOHAMA-NAGOYA-OSAKA-FUKUOKA-OHITA-KAGOSHIMA.
- August 1-10: Concert tour through Japan
2015-06-28 / 2015-11-26 - Concert schedule of Basque group Kalakan
Here you are the concert schedule of Basque group Kalakan:
June 28: Senpere
July 4: Gooik(be) – Gooikoorts Festival
July 8: Montreal - Chapelle de Notre dame de bon secours
July 9: Montreal - Festival intern. de perc
July 11: Montreal- Festival intern. de perc (KALAKAN + MELISSA LEVERGNE)
July 16: Herritmo – Festival Cultura Inquieta. Madrid.
July 18: Ortigueira- Festival de Ortigueira (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
July 24: Eskoriatza
July 28: Ezpeleta (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
August 5: Gasteiz (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
August 8: Donostia (KALAKAN + OREKA TX)
September 8: Chalabre
October 10: Urepele- Xalbador eguna
October 15: Cholet
October 16: Surgeres
November 25: Dortmund
November 26: DortmundRead more