In the past two editions, the Etxepare Basque Institute has invited publishers and journalists from different countries to the Basque Book and Record Fair (Durangoko Azoka), held in Durango since more than 50 years, to learn about Basque Culture and meet different creators and cultural agents. Following the success of the previous years, the Dutch publisher Jacoba Casier will visit the Basque Country on 5 and 6 December, invited by the Institute.
Casier will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the Durangoko Azoka, and will hold meetings with Basque publishers and writers to explore possibilities to translate and publish works in Dutch. She will meet, among others, Harkaitz Cano, Kirmen Uribe, Karmele Jaio, ArantxaUrretabizkaia, Patxi Zubizarreta or Juan Kruz Igerabide.
This is the continuation of an initiative that was successfully developed in 2014 and 2015, with the visit of British and Polish publishers respectively, leading to the translation and publication of 3 literary works in English and 2 in Polish.
The Basque Language Day will be held on December 3, and the Etxepare Basque Institute will join the celebration by organizing or promoting cultural programs that will be developed through the network of Basque Language and Culture readerships that the Institute has in 34 universities of 18 countries worldwide. The Institute wants to recognize the work of the 28 teachers who form the network and its more than 1,500 students.
This year, 9 cities will host activities such as conferences, concerts, workshops, recitals and film screenings: Frankfurt (Germany), Leipzig (Germany), Cork (Ireland), Santa Barbara (USA), Bologna ( Italy), La Plata (Argentina), Brno (Czech Republic), Santiago (Chile) and Barcelona (Catalonia).
The programs of Frankfurt and Leipzig - which together with Cork, Santa Barbara and Barcelona have been organized with the collaboration of the Olaso Dorrea Foundation - will revolve around the exile and the first Basque Government coinciding with the 80th anniversary of its creation, and will include lectures by the German journalist and historian Ingo Niebel, as well as the screening of the documentary films ‘ Iragan gunea Berlin ´and´ Gernika. Markak ´, produced in the framework of the anniversary of the appointment of the first Lehendakari.
The cultural program Aquitaine.eus goes on: the txistulari of Zestoa Garikoitz Mendizabal and the accordionist from Ordizia Aitor Furundarenawill offer a traditional Basque music workshop on 22 and 23 of November at the cultural center Le Rocher de Palmer. On November 23 at 8:00 pm they will also perform a concert based on their project Bi Poliedro.
The Fall program started on November 4 with the concert of Iñaki Salvador Trioand the inauguration of an exhibition about the first 50 years of the Donostia Jazzaldia that can be visited until November 25.
The Aquitaine.eus project was created in March 2016 by the Euroregion Aquitaine-Euskadi -composed by the Basque Government and the Région Aquitaine-Nouvelle-, the Etxepare Basque Institute and Euskal Kultur Erakundea-Institut Culturel Basque. The program aims to foster the presence of Basque artists from both sides of the border at festivals and events in Aquitaine and to promote relations and cross-border cooperation between creators and agents of Aquitaine and Euskadi, and keeps working on these objectives.Read more
One more year, the Basque Reading Club (Irakurle Kluba) has been organized in Barcelona, and will analyze works from Basque literature, from October 25 to May 23. The initiative of the readers of the Etxepare Basque Institute (UB and UAB), HABE, the Official Language Schools and the Euskal Etxea will delve into the work of eight Basque authors.
The presentation of the cycle was held on October 25, and the next session will be held tomorrow, November 22, with the work Zeru Horiek by Bernardo Atxaga, in the Biblioteca Esquerra de l´Eixample-Agustí Centelles.
The following sessions will analyze works by: Itxaro Borda (100% Basque), Miren Agur Meabe (Kristalezko begi bat), Karmele Jaio (Amaren eskuak), Lourdes Oñederra (Eta emakumeari sugeak esan zion), Eider Rodriguez (Eta handik gutxira gaur) and Kirmen Uribe (Bitartean heldu eskutik).
Although the books are originally written in Euskara, translations will also be used so that those who do not speak the language can participate in the club.Read more
The Miami Book Fair, organized by Miami Dade College, opens on November 17 and until the 20th will bring together a large amount of professionals in the events organized for the occasion. With the support of Etxepare Basque Institute, the author Miren Agur Meabe will participate in the fair.
Meabe will participate in the seminar “Un mundo de lectores: lectores para el mundo” ("A world of readers: readers for the world") with the writers Afonso Cruz (Portugal) and Alejandro Palomas (Spain), with Fanuel Hanán Díaz (Venezuela) as moderator. They will offer the colloquium ¿De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de literatura juvenil? (What do we talk about when we talk about youth literature?).
On November 20, on the other hand, the writer will offer the colloquium "Novelar el pasado y el presente" ("Novelize the past and the present") with Raul Tola and Eusebio Gómez. Finally, Meabe will participate in the literary reading that the fair organizes annually for its closing: “Lectura de viva voz” ("Reading by voice").Read more
Each year, the Department of Culture and Modern Languages of the University of Liverpool organizes the Iberian and Latin American Week, which aims to introduce the languages and cultures of the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America through different events.
Once again, Basque language and culture echoed during the conference: on 31 October, Marina Balenciaga offered the presentation Euskal Herria – Basque Country. Modern Basque-language music; on November 3, on the other hand, Dr. Zoe Bray spoke by videoconference about Changing boundaries in the Basque Country: an interdisciplinary perspective.
Balenciaga spoke about the music produced nowadays in the Basque Country. She explained the evolution of Basque music, beginning in the 1960s, reviewing the most significant themes to date. Dr. Bray, however, focused on the identity of the inhabitants of the Basque Country, using his own portraits.Read more
The Aquitaine.eus Fall program began with a great success on November 4 in the famous cultural center Le Rocher de Palmer, in Bordeaux. It began with the multitudinous inauguration, of Jazzaldia 50 Ans, an exhibition dedicated to the first 50 years of the Jazz Festival Donostia-San Sebastián. The exhibit, be open until November 25, displays the posters of the festival´s history. Besides, those attending the opening had a great guide, Miguel Martin, director of the Jazzaldia, who illustrated the audience with details of both the graphic works and the different editions of the festival. The representatives of institutions resposible for Aquitaine.eus also attended the event.Read more
Then came the concert by Iñaki Salvador Trio, in the auditorium, a total success that left people outside without a ticket…
The Aquitaine.eus project, created in March 2016 by the Euroregion Aquitaine-Euskadi -composed by the Basque Government and the Région Aquitaine-Nouvelle-, the Etxepare Basque Institute and Euskal Kultur Erakundea-Institut Culturel Basque moves ahead. The program aims to foster the presence of Basque artists from both sides of the border at festivals and events in Aquitaine and to promote relations and cross-border cooperation between creators and agents of Aquitaine and Euskadi, and keeps working on these objectives.
The Fall program includes a large presence of Basque music. On November 4 at 7:00 pm, Iñaki Salvador Trio will offer a concert in the famous cultural center Le Rocher de Palmer, in the outskirts of Bordeaux. The very same day at 6:30 pm, the center will open an exhibition about the first 50 years of the Donostia Jazzaldia. This exhibition will be open until 25 November and will display the posters of those 50 years of the famous International Jazz Festival of Donostia-San Sebastián.(...)