Basque group Oreka TX has taken part at the 2014 World Percussion Festival of Delhi, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, and the audience that went to the Nerhu Park enjoyed the singular sounds of txapalarta. Oreka TX trio is made up by Harkaitz Martinez de San Vicente and Mikel Ugarte in stone txalaparta, wood txalaparta and drums, and Mixel Ducau in alboka, saxophone and guitar, and they performed the show Nomadak TX.
That is a curious concert-travel project where music and images are mixed on the stage. The music is performed on live, based on the soundtrack of the documentary Nomadak TX, a film that was shot during theirs trips in India, Lapland, Sahara and Mongolia, all along with local musicians. With no doubt, a spectacle that makes the audience travel too.
The txalaparta-players will travel now to Argentina, to present –for the first time at the country- Nomadak TX in Buenos Aires, on December 14.
An exhibition by Basque artists will be inaugurated in the Space4-Art of the University of San Diego on December 6: Riding to Amarillo. The exhibition will be displayed until January 7 and the following artists will take part on it, some of them with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute: Lehior Bilbao, Julen Agirre, Unai Requejo, Usoa Fullaondo, Iranzu Antona, Jorge Nuñez, Jon Otamendi, Damaris Pan, Lorea Alfaro, and Olatz Vilariño.
This exhibition is the final part of an exchange between a group of UC, San Diego graduates who showed work in Bilbao. In conjunction with this exhibition, a smaller group of the San Diego artists will be exhibiting at UCSD’s SME Visual Arts Gallery (opening November 20th), this exhibition will be a reprisal of their exhibition in Bilbao.
The opening of Riding to Amarillo will be the 6th of December in space4-Art gallery in San Diego, from 19:00 to 22:00.Read more
Harkaitz Cano just completed the recent literary tour that has taken him to the US. The Basque writer’s schedule, whose journey was organized by the Etxepare Basque Institute, has been pretty tight. The tour began on 19 and 20 November with visits to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago, where he had the opportunity to meet the students and various experts in literature. He also offered –in both universities- the conference "Literature, Art and catharsis", creating a great expectation.
On the 23th, the writer attended the relevant fair Miami Book Fair International, the US largest literary event, organized by The Center for Literature and Theater of the Miami Dade College, the university with the largest number of students in the country. This was the first time the Etxepare Basque Institute was participating in the fair, with the goal of guaranteeing the presence of the Basque literature at the event. The participation covered all expectations: the writer first participated in the roundtable "Courses of the Basque literature" along with Mari Jose Olaziregi, director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque language at the Etxepare Institute, and the diplomatic Pablo Barrios.
In addition, Harkaitz Cano was invited to participate in one of the closing events of the fair program, in which he offered a reading of some texts written by himself, together with the renowned writers Daina Chaviano, Anjanette Delgado, Jordi Doce, Jorge Galán, Chely Lima, Guillermo Martínez, Carlos Pintado, Alberto Ruy Sánchez, Ana María Shua, Pablo Simonetti and Julio Trujillo.
The book Linguae Vasconum Primitiae by Bernart Etxepare, the first known written in Basque book, has been translated into Japanese and published today, November 21, with the collaboration of Etxepare Basque Institute. Hiromi Yoshida and Sho Hagio, both Basque language professors at universities in Japan, have been the translators.Read more
Sho Hagio is a professor at the Nagoya University and a co-founder of the Basque Center (Euskal Etxea) of Tokyo; he is known for the relationship with Basque culture and language. He began to study Basque language more than 25 years ago, and has become an expert on issues related to the Basque Country. His first research was about the movement of the Ikastolas (Schools at the Basque Country), and after that he became interested in the recovery of the Basque language and the relationship between language and identity. Today he is focused on language rights.
On the other hand, Hiromi Yoshida, has a close relationship with the town of Azpeitia. After completing a doctoral thesis on the Basque dialect of the town, she comes back every year continue her research.
Both of them have translated the Book of Bernart Etxepare - author who named this house-, the first one written in Basque language: Linguae Vasconum Primitiae.
The Donostia 2016 Space will host from 21 to 27 November an exhibition of the work of six Basque and Polish artists, as the result of an artistic exchange between the two cities that share the title of European Capital of Culture 2016. The exhibition, which aims to be a meeting place for artists, their works and the audience, will be divided into three parts and will show the results of several projects developed in the framework of a collaboration project between Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 and 2016 Wroclaw.
In July and August, the three Basque artists participated in an artistic residence program in Wroclaw called jointly by the Etxepare Basque Institute and Donostia 2016.. The exhibited artists and projects are the results of that stay: "Wroclaw -Donostia. Zubi bat ", am audiovisual proposal by Maialen Sarasua; "Hala bazan ... KLIXK" by Goiatz Labandibar, a creative writing project inspired by several pictures; and "Hiri-kit": an performative city audioguide designed for local citizens created by Matxalen de Pedro and Igor de Quadra, members of the art collective Horman Poster.
The second part will be a sample artistic research project on Basque cuisine called "Mahaiaren beste aldean / Po drugiej stronia stolu" ("On the other side of the table"), that will be developed by the Polish artists Magdalena Kreis, Natalia Romaszkan and Ewa Rebeka Sluzynska. The third part shows the material generated in the "On the other side of the table" project in various mediation efforts that have been made in collaboration with the school Intxaurrondo Hegoa as part of one of the main lines of work of the project DSS2016: the visibility of the processes of creation. This initiative, in collaboration with Gallery Arteko has enabled 160 children aged 5 to 11 years to incorporate their ideas into this artistic process that will be exhibited at the Donostia 2016 Space.
The Basque scene will hardly forget the actor Koldo Losada (Getxo, 1960), died last Wednesday. His absence will be obvious. A long experienced interpreter in different disciplines, he was for many years part of the theater company Tanttaka, with which he acted in plays like “Manolito Gafotas”, “Katyusha” or “Astoen irrintzia edo Donostia Maitagarria”. Today he was a meber od the Ados Teatroa company.Read more
On the small screen he has worked, in the ETB series ´Goenkale´,´Hasiberriak´ or ´Teilatupean´, among others; also in some of the most popular series of the Spanish tv: ´Cuéntame´,´Los hombres de Paco´ , ´Yo soy Bea´, ´Amar en tiempos revueltos´, ´Los Serrano´,´Hospital Central´. .. His cinema career includes roles in several feature films, such as “No controles” (2010) “Mystical” (2010) or “The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window” Disappeared (2013).
From the Etxepare Basque Institute, sadly: farewell Koldo.
Ikuska, The XVI Short Film Show of Pasaia, is being held from 15 to 23 November in Trintxerpe, and the short film Homeland, sponsored by the Etxepare Basque Institute and Surfilmfestibal Donostia, is this year among the participants.
The short was screened yesterday, November 18, and on June 11 a special pass for the students of the euskategis (Basque language schools) of the district Oarsoaldea was organized. These students will be asked to vote for the Mintzalagun award, and all this and the other awards will be announced at the closing ceremony on November 22 (19:00 Trintxerpe Mayoral Tenure).
Homeland is a reflection on the culture and the Basque language from the perspective of American famous surf movie director Cyrus Sutton. The documentary, which has been exhibited in various surf film festivals worldwide, and in the London Spanish Film Festival, is guided by the waves of the Bay of Biscay to visit unforgettable landscapes, cliffs, remote hamlets ... and singularly reflect the atmosphere of Basque culture today.Read more
2014-12-01 / 2014-12-04 - Bernardo Atxaga at the FIL (Guadalajara) and in Mexico DF
Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga will travel to Mexico, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, to take part in the famous Book Fair Feria Internacional del Libro FIL de Guadalajara. He will also offer a talk on December 3, International Day of Basque Language, and he will visit the students of the Universidad Iberoamericana and UNAM.
2014-12-04 / 2014-12-04 - The conference "Plurilinguismo en la Península Ibérica" in Madrid, with the International Basque Language Day
For the third consecutive year, the Department of Basque Philology of the Department of Romance Philology, Slavic Philology and General Linguistics at the Complutense University of Madrid organizes the interuniversity conference "Plurilingüismo en la Península Ibérica" ("Multilingualism in the Iberian Peninsula"), in collaboration with the Etxepare Basque Institute.
This time, the conference coincides with the International Basque Language Day, and instead of just paying tribute to the Basque language, they will locate it in its multilingual context and relate it to a distant language: the Czech.
It is precisely Czech literature (specifically, Czech poetry) the guest at the conference, and during the act Czech poetry translated into various peninsular languages will be read. Czech poems will be read in Spanish, Catalan, Galician and Basque.
Day: December 4, 6pm
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.