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Following the agreement signed in 2014 between the Etxepare Basque Institute, Euskal Kultur Erakundeaand Le Rocher de Palmer, the latter, a renowned cultural center of Bordeaux, has inserted in its annual activities AKITANIA.EUS, a new program specifically dedicated to the Basque culture, and more particularly to the Basque music. The activities will take place in Spring and Autumn of 2015 and will include music workshops, an exhibition and several concerts, in addition to literary recitals.
You have the opportunity to enjoy it on July 16, at the bullring of Getafe. Don´t miss it!
In September 1615, after that a violent storm damaged their boats, a group of Basque whalers had to stay in Iceland for months; after a series of clashes with the authorities, the local sheriff ordered the murder of the 32 fishermen, all of them born in Gipuzkoa. That same year, Jón Gudmundsson (aka Jon Laerdi or "wise") wrote an essay about those events entitled "The true story of shipwreck and killing of the Spanish (Basque)," denouncing that the sheriff ordered the assassination innocent people.
These sad events marked the beginning of relations between Basques and Icelanders, but historical research, archaeological excavations and language documents (such as the four dictionaries or pidgin pidgin Basque-Icelandic) show that during the seventeenth century the presence of Basques on the island was very important, and that the exchange between Basques and Icelanders was very successful both commercially and culturally.
On this IV. centennial, the Etxepare Basque Institute, the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada (Reno, USA), Barandiaran Chair Chair for Basque Studies at the University of Santa Barbara and AIB Friendship Association Basque Country Iceland have organized an academic conference, a cultural event and a symbolic event of reconciliation. This program has been funded by the Gipuzkoako Foru Aldundia - local government of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country)- and the Government of Iceland.
Manuel Irujo Fellowship 2014-2015
Seminars and presentations
Organised by the readership of Basque Language and Culture of the Etxepare Basque Institute at the University Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, a series of lectures on the Basque language and cultural transmission will take place at the university on 5 and 6 March. The experts who will take charge of the conferences will be Ekaitz Santazilia (Nafarroako Unibertsitate Publikoa-Public University of Navarra) and Eneko Zuloaga (EHU-University of the Basque Country), who will focus on the Basque language and the transmission of the intangible heritage in the Basque Country. The lectures will be offered in Spanish language.
LANGUE BASQUE ET TRANSMISSION CULTURELLE
14:00 / room 224
Lo que la tipología y la comparación nos muestran del vasco: ni tan raro, ni tan antiguo ni tan solitario
Ekaitz Santazilia (UPNA)
Eskuaraz baizik etzakiten haiek… una visión sociolingüística con perspectiva histórica sobre el euskera en el Pais Vasco francés.
Eneko Zuloaga (EHU)
14:00/ room 224
La salvaguarda del patrimonio inmaterial como pieza clave de supervivencia del euskera: ¿para qué escuchar a los abuelos?
Ekaitz Santazilia (UPNA)
Uso de unidades didácticas como medio de reconstrucción/recuperación cultural.
Eneko Zuloaga (EHU)
With the advent of March the University of Szeged film series Cinema Paradiso also returns to the University of Szeged (Hungary). The cycle will provide a schedule of six films in six different languages, subtitled in English or Hungarian. And thanks to the work of Oxel Uribe-Etxebarria, Basque Language and Culture lecturer of the Etxepare Basque Institute at the university, the Basque cinema will also have its own place in the program.
The Basque-speaking film offered this year will be Bertsolari (2011), directed by Asier Altuna. It will be screened on March 5 at 18: 00etan in the Department of Hispanic Studies (Petőfi S. 30-34 Fszt sgt...)
Bertsolari is a documentary film that premiered in the official section of the San Sebastian Film Festival in 2011. It was later released in cinemas in the Basque Country, Madrid and Barcelona with a good reception of the public (over 16,000 people). Now there is also the possibility to see it on the internet through the Filmin digital platform. The movie is also currently participating in various festivals around the world.
In the words of the director, Asier Altuna: "The idea was to make a film about the art of improvising verses in Basque. Along the way we encountered the poetry, the silence, the art laid bare and the precipice of improvisation. So we just improvised."
The readership of the Etxepare Basque Institute at the University of La Plata will close the 2014 course with a conference of the expert Mikel Ezkerro: Historia del euskera en Argentina. You can enjoy the conference at the C room of the faculty of economics, at 6 pm.
The famous historian Mikel Ezkerro has been offering talks through Argentina for several years. He is an expert on Basque culture related to Argentina.
The piano player Josu Okiñena will offer a conference-concert at the Skylight Room of CUNY (City University of New York): A delicious approach to the work of the renowned Basque composer, folklorist and researcher José Gonzalo Zulaika, known as Aita Donostia.
The concert has been organized within the Bernardo Atxaga Chair and tries to disseminate Basque folklore through the work of Aita Donostia.
6 p.m. , Skylight Room - CUNY
The American writer and journalist Mark Kurlansky will give a lecture on July 3. The internationally renowned novelist is known to us for his best seller "The Basque History of the World" (1999). This time, he will talk about "The Basques and the Sea", as part of the San Juan Whaler project, organized by DSS2016 and supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute.
Where: Ondartxoko Pasealekua 1º, behea, 20110 Pasai-San Pedro
What: Basques and the sea
*At the ned of the lecture, the audience can talk to the writer