The Etxepare Basque Institute, EKE(Basque Cultural Association) and the spectacle hall Le Rocher de Palmer have today signed an agreement to launch a Basque music program for the 2015-2016 season at Le Rocher de Palmer, in Bordeaux . They have organized a press conference to present the agreement today, and, as a first touch of Basque music in Bordeaux, the group Korrontzi will perform a concert on Saturday.
Through this agreement they want to strengthen the relationship between Aquitaine and the Basque country and bring closer the music of both territories, as Aizpea Goenaga, the Director of the Etxepare Institute, said in the press conference that was held today.
Before the new season starts, and as a first tasting of Basque music, the group Korrontzi will offer a concert tomorrow, November 1, in the multipurpose room of Le Rocher de Palmer, at 20:30. Admission will be free to fill the seats.
In the pictures: Aizpea Goenaga, Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute; Pantxoa Etchegoin, Director og EKE and Patrick Duval, Directorof Le Rochel de Palmer.Read more
A Basque poetry anthology translated into Italian, entitled Il giardino dei sensi risvegliati- Antologia di sei poeti baschi contemporanei, will be published. It gathers texts by Bernardo Atxaga, Joseba Sarrionandia, Rikardo Arregi, Miren Agur Meabe, Kirmen Uribe and Harkaitz Cano and will be available on the net on November 1.
The volume has been translated by Danilo Manera, professor at the University of Milan, and published in the Tintas magazine from the same university. Based on the poetry anthology by the Etxepare Basque Institute and writers who have made and are making their mark in the Basque poetry, Manera has created a heartfelt translations in Italian. This is not an unfamiliar role for the writer, who already has translated, among others, the writings Linguae Vasconum Primitiae (Basque Academy, Bilbao, 1995); In Forma di Parole (1987), together with X. Kintana; or Euskararen eta euskal literaturaren ibilbidea (Rome, 2001) by X Kintana.Read more
In the epilogue of this publication the author has mentioned the Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of Etxepare Basque Institute, Mari Jose Olaziregi.
Basque writer Harkaitz Cano received great news yesterday while he was in Venice: he has scored his third Euskadi Prize, this time in the Youth and Children´s section, for the work Orkestra lurtarra(Elkar). The writer thanked the award via video-chat because at that time he was in Venice, participating in the talks organized by the reader of the Etxepare Basque Institute Iñaki Alfaro.
At the conference, entitled "Incontri with Basque culture and lingua" Cano gave the lecture "Art, Memory, and catharsis". The students of Enric Bou talked about different subjects for an hour and a half: literature and memory, art and catharsis, films and literature, euskera (Basque language) and the role of the writer in the current society...
On the other hand, the congress "La Spagne plurale" will begin today at the Universityt of Bologna, with the support of Etxepare Basque Institute. The conference will gather international experts, including Harkaitz Cano. On October 31 he will talk to the reader Iñaki Alfaro from 11:30 to 12:15. The conference will last two days total. View full program.
The agenda of the University of La Plata is full of Basque culture for the month of November; several activities related to the readership of the Etxepare Basque Institute have been organized at the University. Experts from various fields will offer lectures related to Basque culture.Read more
To start with the program, on Monday November 3, within the Conferencias sobre cultura vasca (Lectures on Basque culture) , Daniel Oiarbide, reader of Basque language and culture at the UNLP, will give a talk at the micro-cinema of the Cultural Center of the Falkand Islands. The following day, November 4, the Basque writer Fito Rodriguez will give a lecture entitled “Writing in Basque: an approach to contemporary Basque literature” in the class B of the Faculty of Economics of the UNLP, at 18:00.
On Wednesday November 5th the conference entitled País Vasco: claves del independentismo vasco del siglo XXI will be offered by Txutxi Ariznabarreta. In addition, on December 8 the college will host the visit of the Minister of Education, Culture and Language Policy of the Basque Government Cristina Uriarte. She will visit the readership of the Etxepare Basque Institute at UNLP.
Finally, on 12 November, it will be the turn of illustration: Chatting with Elena Odriozola. Participants will meet the Basque illustrator and his work. (Room A of the Faculty of Economics at the UNLP at 16:00).
The traveling fair WOMEX, one of the most important ones of the sector, turns 20 this year an it has stopped in Santiago de Compostela from 22 to 26 October. Once again, the Basque music has attended the event with the participation of the Etxepare Basque Institute.
In the opening ceremony, the bagpiper Xosé Manuel Budiño led a party inspired in the Camino de Santiago - "Compostela, the roots-the way" – and the grout Oreka TX performed there. Tha Basque groups Korrontzi and DJ Makala also offered concerts during the fair.
Basque companies have worked 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 this year to about 2,500 delegates and 1,260 companies from over 90 countries, among which there were 800 programmers, over 500 labels, publishers and distributors, as well as more than 300 journalists. In addition, the meeting also hosted the DJ WOMEX Summit, film screenings and conferences and consulting by 80 specialists from over 25 countries.Read more
Basque writer Harkaitz Cano will travel to Italy this week to participate in two events organized by the reader from the Etxepare Basque Institute Iñaki Alfaro. The first one, the congress “Incontri con la lingua e la cultura vasca” in Venice; and second one, the Congress ”La Spagna plurale" in Bologna.
Tomorrow, October 29, he will give a talk under the name "Art, Memory and catharsis" at the University of Venice, at 10:30. The following day, the conference "La Spagna plurale" will begin at the University of Bologna, with the support of Etxepare Basque Institute.
The conference will involve international experts, including Harkaitz Cano. On October 31 he will talk to the reader Iñaki Alfaro from 11:30 to 12:15. The conference will last two days total. View full program.Read more
The writer Ramiro Pinilla (Bilbao, 1923 - Getxo 2014) died on October 19 at 91 years of age. Pinilla was one of the leaders of the renewing power of Basque narrative in Castilian; he won the Euskadi Prize twice (“La tierra convulsa”, 2004, and “Aquella edad inolvidable”, 2012), plus the National Fiction Prize (“Las cenizas del hierro”, 2005) and the Nadal (“Las ciegas hormigas”, 1960). In 2012 he was also awarded with the Lan Onari Award, given by the Basque Government, along with Ramon Saizarbitoria.
While Ramiro Pinilla`s literary career began in the late 50’s of the last century, it was not until midway through the first decade of the century when, aged 80, his career got boost with the publication of the great work of his life contained in the trilogy entitled "Verdes valles, colinas rojas" ("Green valleys, red hills"). Pinilla spent 18 years writing this book, composed by por ´La tierra convulsa´, ´Los cuerpos desnudos´ and ´Las cenizas del hierro´, achieving his vision of the world through his homeland.
Ramiro Pinilla used to say that she wanted to leave some trace through his writing; that goal is fully accomplished, his work will always be with us. Rest in peace.
The First Conference about Basque Arquitecture in the Exile were held with great success in the auditorium of the School of Architecture of the UPV on October 22-23. The conference has been organized by the School of Architecture of Donostia and the UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico), with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute.
Several experts gave an overview of the Basque diaspora because of the Spanish Civil War, exploring the areas directly related to the well-known architect Imanol Ordorika: architecture and the arts. Maria Jose Ordorika, professor at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Mexico UNAM participated in the conference and spoke about the outstanding work of his father. Some other experts also took part, such Oscar Alvarez Gila, Miguel Cabañas Bravo, Juan Ignacio del Cueto or Iñigo Villar.
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.