International Day of the Basque Language: 10 countries and a range of activities

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

  • 03
    Dec 2021

Basques in the diaspora and Basque language students around the world can learn about the Basque language and culture on the International Day of the Basque Language, held this year on 3 December. Once again, the Etxepare Basque Institute will join in the activities organised by the partner lectureship programmes and cultural centres in Europe and the Americas.

The activities will take place this year in 10 countries, through cultural programmes organised within the international network of lectureships, many of which can be followed online.

The full list of this year´s events is shown below:

Santiago, Chile

1 December, 2pm (Santiago)


Maider de Olmo Zubeldia, lecturer in Chile

Kinku Zinkunegi, head of the Euskara Munduan programme

Iñigo Asensio, director of the documentary ´Euskara Munduan´


Chicago, United States

University of Chicago

2 December

Basque and Catalan Movie Club - Bertsolaritza in the Basque Country: A unique tradition

Discussion and film screening

Breno and Prague, Czech Republic

Masaryk University and Karlova University

2 & 3 December

Screening of the film ´Dantza´ in Brno on 2 December. Conversation with Oier Araolaza about the film and Basque dances on 3 December.

The film will be screened at the University of Brno. The conversation with Araolaza will be online via Zoom on Friday 3 December at 12:00 noon. In English


Bolonia, Italia

Madre Mater University of Bologna and online

2 December

Talk: ´Studiare basco in un barnetegi´

Marta de Pedis and Claire d´Inca, students at the Amorebieta barnetegi (total immersion Basque language school), will talk about their experiences. De Pedis is currently a researcher at the University of the Basque Country and will talk about the importance of the Basque language in her professional and personal career.


La Plata, Argentina

University of La Plata

1 December

Talk: ´Material, clases, propuestas… para los estudiantes vascos de la Diáspora´ (In Spanish)

6pm in Argentina. 10pm in the Basque Country.

Professor Jon Urdangarin de Maizpide will talk about the Euskara Munduan programme.

Anyone not in La Plata is invited to follow the event on Zoom. Afterwards there will be a toast at the university.


Leipzig, Alemania

2 December

University of Leipzig

Basque language class



Poznan, Poland

Adam Mickiewicz University

1-8 December

Talks on Basque language and culture in Poland with Katarzyna Mirgos, Joanna Zawiszewska, Natalia Stolarska, students and alumni.


Barcelona, Catalonia

University of Barcelona and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)

Talk + Exhibition + Screening of Kimuak + Mintzodromoa

Lecture by Koldo Zuazo on Basque language and dialectology

Exhibition of the work of photographer and designer Igotz Ziarreta at the UAB and at the entrance to the university library.

Screen of Kimuak short films

On 10 December, a mintzodromoa (meeting for practicing spoken Basque) will be organised in collaboration with the Euskal Etxea and the Official Language School of Barcelona.

Moscow, Russia

Lomonosov University in Moscow

Conversation with Nerea Madariaga, lecturer at the UPV / EHU, expert in Russian


Reno, United States

Thursday, 2 December

10-11:30am PST –  7-8:00pmCET


Xabier Irujo: Basque in exile

Asier Barandiaran: Basque in the Diaspora in verse and discourse

Eneko Bidegain: letters and spoken words


Mexico City, Mexico

4 December


Documentary ´Amari´ + meeting of Basque students

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