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
Sigma Project, specialized group in the sound-research, has gone on tour through Latin America, where they have performed music by Ramon Lazkano, Gabriel Erkoreka and Iñaki Estrada; they have travelled with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute.
On Monday 10, they offered a workshop –conference at the Music Institute of the Faculty of Arts, in the Universidad Católica of Santiago de Chile. On Tuesday 11, they performed a concert at the XXIV Festival de Música Contemporánea UC festival.
After that, they travelled to Mexico DF, invited by the Colegio Nacional, where they showed the concert “ORDEN vs CAOS” with the music of Ramon Lazkano, together with brilliant musicians such as Iannis Xenakis and Javier Torres-Maldonado.
Sigma Project was created on 2007, by the saxofon players Andrés Gomis, Josetxo Silguero, Ángel Soria, Miguel Ángel Lorente.Read more
The Euskal Etxea of Berlin has organized the II Baskisches Kino Fest Basque film festival, that will start tomorrow, November 13. During the 4 days of the festival the audiovisual works Alardearen seme alabak, The Search for Emak Bakia, Asier ETA Biok and a selection of short films by Kimuak –created in collaboration with the Etxepare Basque Institute- will be screened.
On Thursday, November 13 at 20:00, director Jone Karres will present her documentary Alardearen seme alabak , and there will be a discussion after the film where attendees can take part. The documentary includes testimonies for and against the participation of women in the “alarde” (kind of parades in some villages of the Basque Country).
On November 14, Friday at 20:00, Oskar Alegria will present his successful work The search for Emak Bakia, where the audience will also enjoy the author´s talk after the screening. The film tells the story of a quest; Man Ray filmed a house called Emak Bakia in his film of the same name in 1926. Oskar Alegria decided to look for that house.
The Saturday will see Asier ETA biok and the cycle will end on Sunday with a selection of short films by Kimuak.Read more
The Basque illustrator Elena Odriozola (Donostia, 1967) is in Argentina, thanks to the Etxepare Basque Institute, to participate in several cultural encounters. Right today, November 12, she will visit the University of La Plata, where the Institute has a readership of Basque Language and Culture: the students of the university will have the opportunity to meet the author and her work, with the help of the reader, Dani Oiarbide.
On November 13 and 14, Odriozola will attend the famous FILBITA, Festival of Children´s Literature in Buenos Aires. In addition to showing the work she has developed in the field of literature, she will offer two workshops titled “Artilugios para narrar” ( "Widgets to tell stories"). On the 14th she will also participate in the panel “Páginas de Poesía” (“Poetry Pages"), along with María José Ferrada and Antonio Ventura, involving Marcela Carranza as moderator. Check the full program here.
Elena Odriozola began her career as an illustrator in 1997, after having worked in the field of advertising. Her illustrations, made out of fine, delicate and intimate strokes, are also very effective, both technically and conceptually.
The artist Esther Ferrer (Donostia-San Sebastian, 1937), has been awarded with the Velázquez Plastic Arts Prize 2014, given by the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports. The jury highlighted the "coherence" and "accuracy" of the work developed by Ferrer for five decades; she becomes the second woman ever awarded with the highest recognition of fine arts statewide. The artist has received the news “in anguish” but she has ultimately accepted the decision because she believes "in the independence of the international jury". Nevertheless, her intention –she told EFE news agency- is "to pass as unnoticed as possible."Read more
Ferrer, who has lived for more than 20 years in Paris, has shown her work in numerous art galleries and events worldwide. She has won many prizes, such as the National Prize of Plastic Arts in 2008 and the Ikus Arteen Emakumeen Saria prize, last February.
Esther Ferrer has a Degree in Social Sciences and Journalism, and is known for her innovative performances, either individually or as part of ZAJ group (dissolved in 1996). She began her intense artistic activity in the mid-70, working with photographs, installations and paintings. In her artistic performances, Ferrer firstly meant to show the unseen and the poetic use of objects - paper, dice, alphabet-writing-; later, she moved towards working on problems associated with identity or the incomprehensibility of a new language, always trying to involve the audience.
2014-10-24 / 2015-04-05 - Agenda of the group Belako
2014-12-01 / 2014-12-04 - Bernardo Atxaga at the FIL Guadalajara
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 / 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.