The director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Irene Larraza, spent seven days in Argentina to take part in the Basque Week celebrated in Mar de Plata. The trip allowed her to attend several events associated with the promotion of Basque language and culture. We caught up with her on her return to talk about the details of the trip.
The literature festival Lettres du Monde, held in the French region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, will be feature an appearance by Basque author Kirmen Uribe, among others. Uribe will present the French translation of his latest novel, Elkarrekin esnatzeko ordua (L’heure de nous réveiller ensemble; The Hour of Waking Together in English), and will deliver lectures in a number of towns.
Gabriel Erkoreka, Elkano Browning Cream, Atom Rhumba, Izaro, Tosta Banda and Juan Mari Beltrán are the recipients of this year’s Musika Bulegoa Saria awards. And the Etxepare Basque Institute Music Award went to the band Kalakan. The awards ceremony will take place in Pamplona on November 19th at 7 p.m. at the Baluarte Congress Centre and Auditorium of Navarre.
The Basque film festival in Berlin – Baskisches filmfestival – will be held from November 15th to 18th. This will be the festival’s 6th edition, organized by the Euskal Etxea Basque Centre of Berlin with support from the Etxepare Basque Institute.
The Basque author will participate in two events as part of the IberoAmerican Author Program at the Miami Book Fair, held from November 12th to 18th. Iturralde is slated for the 17th, along with authors from other countries.
The Le Rocher de Palmer cultural centre in Bordeaux will open its doors again to Basque art and culture in autumn. This year, an exhibition by photographer Patxi Laskarai will be held in November, as well as two Basque dance performances by Bilaka and So.K. on the 16th.
Basque writer Miren Agur Meabe will participate in the Hay Festival in Arequipa, Peru, held this year from November 8th to 11th. She will give a lecture on November 11th, titled De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de literatura juvenil (What we talk about when we talk about children’s literature).
“Let’s make these people dance!” (Pongamos este pueblo a bailar), a line from a song by the Basque band Glaukoma, is the slogan for this year’s EH Sona festival, set to celebrate its 21st edition from November 9th to December 14th. As in past years, several Basque bands will give concerts at different venues in Barcelona. The public will also enjoy other non-musical activities as part of the parallel programme Alter EH Sona.
The University of Liverpool has organized a week dedicated to the cultures of Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula from 29 October to 4 November. Over the course of six days a host of events will bring students a little closer to the cultures, traditions, history, languages, music and cinema from different countries and bring them in contact with a diverse range of practitioners and creative producers.
Twinning Nepal and Basque Country through the Sherpa language, the Basque language and the love of mountaineering: after a year of preparation an expedition of 15 Basque students led by mountaineer Felipe Uriarte left for the Himalayas on October 11th with that idea in mind.