The latest volume of the magazine BOGA, Basque Studies Consortium Journal is already published, and you can now check it online. The magazine, published by the Basque Studies program of the Boise State University, is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed, open-access academic publication dedicated to the scholarly study of all aspects of Basque culture.
The magazine has also communicated that the deadline to submit proposals for the following volume will be open until August 1 2015. That will be the 3rd edition of the magazine, and the proposals have to be sent by email.
On the other hand, they are organizing the “Joan-etorri Basque Studies Symposium” a symposium in the days leading up to Jaialdi this coming July, which you can join.The immediate themes coalesce around the 40th anniversaries of the publication of the book Amerikanuak and Boise State Oñati program.
Finally, in collaboration with the Center for Basque Studies (University of Nevada, Reno) the Basque Studies at Boise State University is sponsoring the 2nd annual Basque Literary Writing Contest. This is an effort to encourage more nonacademic writing–fiction and non-fiction–in English on Basque related subjects. The winners will be announced by February.Read more
The traveling fair WOMEX, one of the most important ones of the sector, turns 20 this year. This edition will be held in Santiago de Compostela from 22 to 26 October, and once again, the Basque music will attend the event with the participation of Etxepare Basque Institute.
The Basque groups Korrontzi, Oreka Tx and DJ Makala will offer concerts at the fair, and Basque companies will work in the stand of Euskadiko Soinuak. Euskadiko Soinuak is a program launched by the Department of Education, Culture and Language Policy of the Basque Government, in partnership with several professional music industries, and with the participation of Etxepare Basque Institute.
WOMEX is a professional event for the field of world music, which includes a trade show, dozens of showcases and concerts, and hopes to attract this year to some 2,500 delegates and 1,260 companies from over 90 countries, among which there will be 800 programmers, over 500 labels, publishers and distributors, as well as more than 300 journalists. In addition, the meeting also will host yhe DJ WOMEX Summit, film screenings and conferences and consulting by 80 specialists from over 25 countries.Read more
The Etxepare Basque Institute has taken part in the fair The London Language Show, sharing a stand with Langune. The professor at the Liverpool University Juan Arana Cobos, the writer Kirmen Uribe and the reader of the University of Liverpool Gorka Mercero have attended the fair, representing the Basque language, Euskera, in the annual event for the dissemination of the languages and language industries.
The agenda of the writer Kirmen Uribe, though, included more stops through the UK, and as in the Language Show, where he sold all the volumes of his book, he enjoyed a warm reception. He offered talks and recitals in Oxford University, at the King’s College of London and at the Free World Lecture Theatre, while presenting the English translation of his book “Bilbao- New York- Bilbao”.
The adventure finished on Saturday, and Mari Jose Olaziregi, Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language of the Institute, sent us a report when she arrived home:
“We landed from London on Saturday night, and our first stop was in Ondarroa. Kirmen was back at home, happy, after presenting the translation into English of his book “Bilbao- New York- Bilbao” in London and Oxford. Really glad.
Once again, the Etxepare Basque Institute has installed the stand dedicated to Basque language at The London Language Show Live (October 17-19), an important annual event for the dissemination of the languages and language industries. The Association of Industries of the Basque language, Langune, will also work in this space until Sunday.
Moreover, the Institute has organized three activities within the fair program. Today, October 17, the Professor at the University of Liverpool Juan Arana Cobos will offer a Basque language course (13:30, Language Taster). Tomorrow, October 18, the renowned Basque writer Kirmen Uribe –who is in the United Kingdom these days on a literary tour- , which will offer a poetry reading from his book "Bitartean heldu eskutik" at The Piazza; they will also screen the short film "Urrezko eraztuna", inspired on a poem by Uribe. And on October 19, the Basque Language and Culture reader at the University of Liverpool, Gorka Mercero, will discuss the current situation of the Basque language in the conference "Normalization Anxieties and the Need for Post-identity", also at The Piazza.
In the first picture, taken today at the fair, we can see Joseba Epelde and Mari Jose Olaziregi, Officer and Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of Euskera in the Etxepare Basque Institute respectively, along with Fernando Alana, director of Langune. In the second, Juan Arana giving a Basque language lesson.
The music festival Euskadi Suena…en Madrid opens today with a concert of the group Oreka TX in the Clamores concert hall. The concert series of this festival that aims to raise awareness of the Basque culture and music will come to an end on November 20. This is a project created by Emankor Sarea, with the collaboration of the Etxepare Basque Institute and La Noche en Vivo.
In this first edition it has a very varied program; the groups that are taking part on the festival are: Oreka Tx, Willis Drummond (October 17, Wurlitzer Ballroom), Jainko Txiki eta Jostalari Hura -Mikel Urdangarin, Kirmen Uribe, Rafa Rueda, Bingen Mendizabal and Mikel Valverde - (October 31, Bogey Jazz), Travellin´Brothers (November 14, El Sol), Tania de Sousa (November 14, Juglar) and Ainara LeGardon (November 20, Siroco).
In addition, you can also enjoy the exhibition Azaletatik Sustraietara (From the skin to the roots), from 22 October to 5 November. This exhibition is the second phase of a project with the same name; the first phase was the publication of a book about the last 50 years of Basque music and covers, with interviews of many artists, musicians and writers. The exhibition shows a journey through the past five decades of music through their covers. It is complemented by a video that summarizes in a few minutes the milestones that have marked each decade. It will be on display at Café La Palma.
The festival wants to promote and disseminate our music scene both in the Basque Country and in Madrid, as well as to create a space for communication, participation and meeting between artists from both territories
More info: www.euskadisuena.comRead more
With the purpose of promoting and disseminating Basque literature translation into other languages, the EIZIE association (Association of Translators, Correctors and Interpreters of Basque Language )has organized a new edition of the workshop “The writer and his/her translators”, for what has been sponsored by the Etxepare Basque Institute.Read more
In this edition, the workshop will focus on the first book of the writer and translator Danele Sarriugarte: Erraiak (Undercity). Three translators will work closely with the author in the workshop: Edurne Alegría will translate it into French, Miren Iriarte and the author will do the Spanish translation and Estibaliz Lizaso will be responsible for the translation into Catalan. Elizabete Manterola will coordinate the workshop.
The first part of the workshop will be held in Donostia, in the headquarters of EIZIE, on 20 and 21 October. On October 22, a public meeting will be held in the library of Donostia Garoa Kultur Lab, where the author and translators will share their experiences with the audience, while presenting the texts in a multilingual reading.
The second part will take place in Paris on October 24, at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, with the collaboration of the Basque readership. After a brief presentation on the Basque translation by the reader Miren Ibarluzea, the participants will present the workshop and its conclusions, through a multilingual reading.
The Borštnikovo Srečanje Festival of Maribor, Slovenia, will offer next October 21 a staged reading of the play "Pankreas", written by Basque author de Patxo Telleria, originally written in Basque and translated into Slovenian. The play will be performed by actors of the Theatre, Radio, Film and Television Academy in Ljubiana. This work was premiered in March 2014 and continues on tour in Basque theaters. In the words of its author, "Pankreas" is "a contemporary tragicomedy" written in verse; in fact, it is the first play written in verse in Basque language: "vasconum Primitiae theater."
Maribor Theatre Festival is the oldest and most prestigious festival in Slovenia; since 2009 the festival devotes each issue to a specific European theater and dramatic literature. In this edition, to be held from 17 to 26 October, te program will focus on the play of the Spanish State: they have chosen five authors, including the Basque Patxo Telleria, as an initiative of the Etxepare Basque Institute. The festival has selected a work by each of the authors -in the case of Telleria, "Pankreas"-, translated them into Slovenian language and published them in a book. The plays will also be performed in staged dramatic readings included in the festival program, after which the audience will have the chance to talk with the authors and translators. The festival will also allow the Basque author to present his work to international critics and programmers.
"Pankreas" tells the tragicomic story of three friends. One urgently needs a pancreas transplant. Another one plans to commit suicide within a year, to avoid Alzheimer disease. The third one asks the latter to donate his pancreas to the first one. From that moment the events rush, obeying an axiom of modern physics: everything that can happen, oddly enough, sooner or later just happens.
Jabier Muguruza (Irun, 1960) has over 20 years in the world of professional music, as all his song can tell. In Berlin, Muguruza will offer part of his repertoire and songs from his latest album "Beste Hogei" (another 20), accompanied by Mikel Azpiroz the piano.
Since 1994, Jabier Muguruza has published 12 solo albums. Apart from his solo career, he has been creator, head or member of bands like Les Mecaniciens or Joxe Ripiau. Muguruza has enjoyed the warmth of the audience and good critics over the years, and even specialized magazines and media on music discs have chosen Jabier Muguruza as the best musician of the year on several occasions. About the lyrics of his songs, besides their own ones, Muguruza has composed melodies for the words of Joseba Sarrionandia, Bernardo Atxaga, Harkaitz Cano, Xabier Lete or Inazio Mujika, among others.
In recent years, Muguruza has managed to expand and strengthen its own circuit of performances beyond the frontiers of the Basque Country. Apart from the concert at his homeland, he has performed at festivals and concerts in France, Germany, UK, Brazil or the United States. He has won the Barnasants award for best performance in 2014.
So, the next day October 28th the audience will have a great opportunity to enjoy his music accompanied by Mikel Azpiroz in Berlin. After the concert, the Euskal Etxea will offer a small buffet.Read more
2014-11-18 / 2014-11-18 - Nere Lete at the Found in Translation Reading Series
The Department of English of Boise State University is teaming up with the Arts and Humanities Institute to present “Found in Translation: A Reading Series.” Throughout the year, literary translators will read from their translations of works from French, Spanish, Basque and Catalan. The readings are free and all are in English.
One of the participants will be the Basque Nere Lete.Read more
2014-11-22 / 2014-11-04 - Olatz de Andrés in Germany and Barcelona
The dancer Olatz de Andrés will take part in the NO BALLET International Choreograohy Competition, in Ludwigshafen, Germany. She will travel with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute on November 22-23.
On the other hand, on December 2-4 she will take part in the Festival Salmon Barcelona.
2014-12-04 / 2015-03-04 - The travelling exhibition GAUR(sic) in Córdoba (Argentina)
The travelling exhibition GAUR(sic) will be shown in Montevideo (Uruguay). The artist Aitor Lajarín, member of the collective, will be there.
With the aim of raising awareness about contemporary Basque art and placing it in an international context, the Etxepare Basque Institute has sponsored GAUR (sic), a research project that took shape in a travelling exhibition of video works which was curated by Nekane Aramburu.
The final selection of works centred on eight creative proposals, the work of the artists Sra. Polaroiska (Alaitz Arenzana and María Ibarretxe), Colombina’s (Larraitz Torres and Sandra Cuesta), Aitor Lajarin, Zuhar Iruretagoiena, Iratxe Jaio and Klaas van Gorkum, Saioa Olmo, Juan Aizpitarte and Ixone Sadaba.
2014-12-05 / 2014-12-05 - Presentation of the latest book by Cancho Beltrán in Burgos
José Luis Cancho Beltran presents his latest book "Lento proceso" in Burgos. The author bases his writings on his own experiences at the time of Franco.Read more
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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.