As long as Basque is spoken, the future of the Basque culture and people is guaranteed

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2014-07-04

The Maritime Culture Center Ondartxo gathered many visitors yesterday on account of the conference offered by the journalist and writer Mark Kurlansky, entitled "The Basques and the sea." The author of international bestsellers such as "The Basque History of the World" or "Cod" talked about the long relationship between the Basques and the sea, and its consequences, both in the Basque people and in their  international presence and influence. He then responded to questions from the audience. Many of those who braved the bad weather to attend the event at the shipyard in Pasai San Pedro brought Kurlansky’s books with them; the author spent a long time signing copies after the conference.


The writer was optimistic about the current recovery situation of the Basque language and culture, which he finds stronger than ever, especially given the repression suffered by a whole generation. He recalled his first visits to the Basque Country, in the 70s and as a journalist, when hearing the sound of the Basque language, then totally unknown to him, was an almost impossible task.

The conference was organized by Donostia 2016, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, and commenced the activities that will soon be launched  in connection with the construction project of the whaler San Juan.

 

Learn more about Mark Kurlansky

More photos of the conference

 

The Maritime Culture Center Ondartxo gathered many visitors yesterday on account of the conference offered by the journalist and writer Mark Kurlansky, entitled "The Basques and the sea." The author of international bestsellers such as "The Basque History of the World" or "Cod" talked about the long relationship between the Basques and the sea, and its consequences, both in the Basque people and in their  international presence and influence. He then responded to questions from the audience. Many of those who braved the bad weather to attend the event at the shipyard in Pasai San Pedro brought Kurlansky’s books with them; the author spent a long time signing copies after the conference.


The writer was optimistic about the current recovery situation of the Basque language and culture, which he finds stronger than ever, especially given the repression suffered by a whole generation. He recalled his first visits to the Basque Country, in the 70s and as a journalist, when hearing the sound of the Basque language, then totally unknown to him, was an almost impossible task.

The conference was organized by Donostia 2016, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute, and commenced the activities that will soon be launched  in connection with the construction project of the whaler San Juan.

 

Learn more about Mark Kurlansky

More photos of the conference

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