About Basque Cuisine and Culture at the Kennedy Center in Washington

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2015-03-11

Basque culture has had a place, for the first time, in the renowned and referential  Kennedy Center  in Washington DC. The writer, filmmaker and journalist Hasier Etxeberria participated on March 7 and 8 in the Iberian Suite: global arts remix festival , featuring two conferences and the presentation of two documentary films about Basque cuisine. The program, part of the Culinary & Film, section is the result of the mediation of the Etxepare Basque Institute.


At the conference of March 7, Hasier Etxeberria highlighted the cultural richness of Euskal Herria: even being a small town -according to the lecturer, all inhabitants of the Basque Country could fit in Brooklyn-, the relevance of its culture, language, art and gastronomy is very remarkable; besides, it also plays an important role in the formation of the collective identity. Then gave way to the screening of the film Francisco Javier Gutierrez and Jon Arregui Euskadi: Cocina en la Cumbre. At the end of the screening Etxeberria answered questions from the large audience that attended the event,  in an animated discussion that aroused much interest.

The event of March 8 focused on the figure of the great Basque chef Juan Mari Arzak and the documentary about him, Juan Mari Arzak: Etxe bat da Mundua. Etxeberria again addressed the audience to share his reflections on the significance of the work of Arzak, in an interesting and emotional exposition. Those attending followed his words with great interest  and then enjoyed the film, which was directed by Etxeberria himself. After the screening, the audience held another lively discussion at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre.


Arzak is also hitting the Miami headlines, since he has been awarded The Presidencial Medal of the Miami Dade College, a recognition promoted  by the Basque Culinary Center  with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute. Besides Juan Mari Arzak himself and his family, the ceremony was also attended by the Director of BCC, Joxe Mari Aizega, the Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Aizpea Goenaga and Mari Jose Olaziregi, the Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language of the Institute.

 

Basque culture has had a place, for the first time, in the renowned and referential  Kennedy Center  in Washington DC. The writer, filmmaker and journalist Hasier Etxeberria participated on March 7 and 8 in the Iberian Suite: global arts remix festival , featuring two conferences and the presentation of two documentary films about Basque cuisine. The program, part of the Culinary & Film, section is the result of the mediation of the Etxepare Basque Institute.


At the conference of March 7, Hasier Etxeberria highlighted the cultural richness of Euskal Herria: even being a small town -according to the lecturer, all inhabitants of the Basque Country could fit in Brooklyn-, the relevance of its culture, language, art and gastronomy is very remarkable; besides, it also plays an important role in the formation of the collective identity. Then gave way to the screening of the film Francisco Javier Gutierrez and Jon Arregui Euskadi: Cocina en la Cumbre. At the end of the screening Etxeberria answered questions from the large audience that attended the event,  in an animated discussion that aroused much interest.

The event of March 8 focused on the figure of the great Basque chef Juan Mari Arzak and the documentary about him, Juan Mari Arzak: Etxe bat da Mundua. Etxeberria again addressed the audience to share his reflections on the significance of the work of Arzak, in an interesting and emotional exposition. Those attending followed his words with great interest  and then enjoyed the film, which was directed by Etxeberria himself. After the screening, the audience held another lively discussion at the Kennedy Center Family Theatre.


Arzak is also hitting the Miami headlines, since he has been awarded The Presidencial Medal of the Miami Dade College, a recognition promoted  by the Basque Culinary Center  with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute. Besides Juan Mari Arzak himself and his family, the ceremony was also attended by the Director of BCC, Joxe Mari Aizega, the Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Aizpea Goenaga and Mari Jose Olaziregi, the Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language of the Institute.

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