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.
Boise is known for being one of the cities with greater Basque diaspora in the world, and every five years they celebrate it organizing Jaialdi, the biggest festival of Basque culture abroad. The seventh edition - the first was organized in 1987- has just begun and will conclude on August 2. Kepa Junkera will offer at concert from the roof of the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao, which will be broadcast live via streaming and will serve to inaugurate the Jaialdi. The 6 days of Jaialdi are full of different activities: sports, dance, music, exhibitions... but they all have something in common: the relationship with Basque culture. That is precisely the aim of the festival, to celebrate Basque culture and identity.Read more
The highlight of Jaialdi will arrive at the weekend. On Friday, the show Festa´ra will be performed in the theater Morrin Center of the University BSU - where the Etxepare Basque Institute has a readership of Basque Language and Culture-. In this show groups and individuals who have been at the festival will take part: dancers, singers, improvisers, musicians ...
A day earlier, on Thursday evening, the famous Sports Night will be celebrated in Boise. Basque sportsmen and sportswomen arrived from the Basque Country will perform different shows such as "Trontza", "txingas", lifting sports straw ... which we are used to here, but create great excitement in Boise.
Otherwise, the program consists of activities organized by Jaialdi or external ones, but all of them related to Basque culture, and will gather a large number of spectators and participants; among them is the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu.
Aipea Goenaga and Mari Jose Olaziregi, from the Etxepare Basque Institute, are also in Boise these days, participating in the conference Mugaz Gaindi - where they will offer different talks today - and to sign the new agreement between the Etxepare Institute and Boise State University.
The web euskalkultura has made a compilation of what we can find in Jaialdi. You can also follow all the news on the blog of GazteAukera.
Is it possible to get to know Basque music groups such as Skasti, Benito Lertxundi or Esne Beltza in a remote island of south Japan? Students at Okinawa University are being introduced to Basque music and culture for the first time by Professor John Potter in a course of English seminars on ‘Roots Music of the Okinawans and the Basques’. The music expert John Potter was born in England, but he lives in Japan since several years ago. There, he developed a passion for Okinawan music; but that is not his only devotion: he also loves Basque music.
The class has watched many videos and listened to music from Basque musicians such as Mikel Laboa, Benito Lertxundi, Ruper Ordorika, Oreka TX, Kepa Junkera, Alaitz eta Maider, Esne Beltza, Korrontzi, Elustondo, Kirmen Uribe, Benat Igerabide and Skasti. They have also watched a documentary on the Basque Country. The students have been very interested in discovering these new things and have compared the rich music and culture of the Basques with that of their own Ryukyu Islands.
With the aim of linking both music cultures, Potter created a facebook page called “The Basque Ryukyu Bridge” as an extension of his blog “Power of Okinawa”. In this page, he writes in English and Japanese about Basque musical culture, also providing videos, songs and interesting websites. The objective is to build a bridge between the music from here and Ryukyu Islands. This is the biggest archipelago in Japan, and Okinawa is the main island. Potter will be teaching a similar course of seminars again after the summer. Congratulations for your work!Read more
The University of the Basque Country (Office of the Vicerector for Graduate Studies and International Relations) will offer, in collaboration with the Etxepare Basque Institute, a training course aimed at readers of Basque language in universities and centers of higher education abroad, in Donostia on September 25- November 21.
The main objective of the course, that will kick off next Fall, is to complete the training of teachers of Euskera as a foreign language. The main aims of the course are:
- To propose strategies for effective work on knowledge acquisition and Basque as target language.
- The study the specificity of the Basque language in monolingual and / or multilingual contexts.
- To deepen into sociocultural aspects and values conveyed by the Basque language.
- To optimize skills and abilities in the teaching-learning of Euskera for foreigners by the effective use of ICTs and TUICs.
The course is aimed at graduates with the title EGA- candidates graduated in Humanities will have priority - and teachers of second languages, especially those who impart Basque as a second language.
The training revolves around several issues of linguistic, educational and methodological fields, as well as culture and civilization and will be run by Mari Jose Olaziregi Alustiza (Director of Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language of the Etxepare Basque Institute) and Ainhoa Gómez Pintado (Coordinator of Language Courses for Visiting Students UPV-EHU).
The registration period opens on September 1.
Full information here.Read more
DSS2016EU and the Etxepare Basque Institute have launched the New Translators project to select the literary translators who will translate various works written in Basque for readers all over Europe. Foreign translators were invited to apply in April and, of the thirty applications that were received, eight successful candidates have been selected.
The eight chosen translators will be taking part in two types of visits: four will be staying for six months, while the other four will be spending a month with us, taking into account the latter group´s knowledge of Basque.
Long stay: Laura Liubinavičiῡte (Lithuania), Mariya Petrova Pachkova (Bulgaria), Barbara Pregelj (Slovenia) and Katarzyna Sosnowska (Poland).
Short stay: Merilin Kotta (Estonia), Karina Mishchenkova (Russia), Lenka Niznanska (Czech Republic) and Matylda Figlerowicz (Poland).
Four translators will spend six months in the Basque Country to complete an intensive course in Basque. The aim is for them to attain a sufficient level of Basque so that they can use it as a pivot or source language when translating the texts.
Not only will the project encourage people to learn Basque, but it will also promote the creation of texts. The four translators who are staying for an extended period of time will therefore receive funding to translate a piece of Basque literature into a language other than Spanish. There will also be a search to find a publisher that is willing to print the work. This will ensure the success of the initiative´s ultimate objective: to raise awareness of Basque texts throughout Europe and to give foreign readers the chance to access Basque literature.
In September 2015 it will be 400 years since the slaying of 32 Basque whalers in Iceland. To remember this incident, an international academic conference was held last April in Iceland. That event has now a continuation in a one-day meeting that will take place at the Aquarium of Donostia on 17 July. Throughout the morning, the experts Michael Barkham, Alvaro Aragón, Xabier Irujo, Ricardo Etxepare, Aurelie Arcocha and Mari Jose Olaziregi will offer a series of lectures; in the afternoon a book and an exhibition on the slaughter will be presented. FULL PROGRAM.Read more
The conference has been organized by the Center for Basque Studies of the University of Nevada, Reno, and the Euskal-Islandiar Adiskidetza association, with the support of the Aquarium of Donostia and the Etxepare Basque Institute.
The access will be free.
After three intense days, the fifth edition of the summer course "Excellence in Basque Studies" has come to an end, organized by the Etxepare Basque Institute and the Summer Courses of the UPV-EHU –this year, the course has honored the writer of youth and children literature Mariasun Landa-. With the aim of offering and receiving training for the teaching of Euskera and Basque culture in universities abroad, about 50 people have gathered at the Miramar Palace of San Sebastian.
The course started on July 8, with the conference of Olga Anhokina, linguist and researcher at the Institut des Textes et Manuscrits Modernes in Paris. Her research work focuses on the genesis of the works of multilingual writers, and on the first presentation of the day she talked about the impact of multilingualism on literary creativity, and the strategies of multilingual writers.
And from multilingualism, we turned to non-fiction with the National Culture Award 2015 Xavier Pla. He talked about the rise of non-fiction in contemporary Catalan culture (1925-2015) and the importance of this movement to understand the current Catalan literature.
Finally, Gemma Lluch, professor and researcher at the University of Valencia, offered the last conference of the day on the reading habits of the new digital generations, as well as on new platforms and how to promote reading.
See you next year!Read more
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
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2015-08-01 / 2015-08-18 - Basque accordionist Gorka Hermosa on tour through America
Basque accordionist Gorka Hermosa will offer different concerts and Master Classes in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile in August. Winner of several awards, he has launched four CDs and colaborated in morethan 30 works. He has also written four books about the history of the accordion.
* 01/08/2015: Porto Alegre (Brasil). "Accordion solo concert & Master Classes".
* 06/08/2015: San Jorge Pvcia de Santa Fe (Argentina). "Accordion solo concert & Master Classes".
* 07/08/2015: Parana (Argentina). "Accordion solo concert and Master Classes".
* 08/08/2015: Salto (Uruguay). "Accordion solo concert".
* 09/08/2015: Paso de los Toros (Uruguay). "Accordion solo concert".
* 10/08/2015: Durazno (Uruguay). "Accordion solo concert".
* 11/08/2015: Buenos Aires (Argentina). "Conference about "The accordion in the 19th century" and accordion solo concert".
* 14/08/2015: Villa Alemana (Chile). "Accordion solo concert".
* 15/08/2015: Osorno (Chile) "Accordion solo concert".
* 17/08/2015: Villa Alemana (Chile). "Master Classes".
* 18/08/2015: Santiago (Chile). "Master Classes and accordion solo concert."