Kantari Eguna and Basque Festival in Minden

Mendiko Euskaldun ClubaThe Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba in Gardnerville, NV will host its annual Basque Festival and Kantari Eguna this Saturday, August 10th at the CVIC Hall in Minden.  Festivities will actually begin with a dance performance by the club dancers, and a public dance in the parking lot of the JT Basque Restaurant, to the sounds of Jean Pierre & Manuel Etchechury, and Jean Flesher, on Friday beginning at 8:30pm.  Saturday’s events will begin at 11am with mass celebrated by Aita Antton Egiguren with the participation of the local dancers and a klika.  Mass will be followed by their famous BBQ lunch including lamb, chicken, lamb stew, beans, salad, cheese, ice cream and wine.  Cost of the lunch is $25 for adults, and $10 for children under 12.  In the afternoon, entertainment will be provided by the local Mendiko Euskaldun Cluba dancers, as well as the txikis and intermediate dancers from Reno’s Zazpiak Bat Basque Club. NABO’s Kantari Eguna will begin immediately following providing an opportunity for singers in attendance to show-off their talents, while preserving the tradition of Basque song in our community.  The afternoon will also include children’s games, and txorizo sandwiches for purchase.  There will be another public dance beginning at 8pm, again to the music of Jean Pierre & Manuel Etchechury and Jean Flesher with Baratxuri Salda (garlic soup) served at 11:30pm.


Film of the Month: Zuretzako

This month’s featured film from the NABO Filmategia is Zuretzako by Javi Zubizarreta, winner of the Princess Grace Award.  This film tells the story of Zubizarreta’s grandfather who went to Idaho to herd sheep in order to support his family in the Basque Country.  When his son comes to join him, “their years of separation and sacrifice come to a head.” The film also features Zubizarreta’s father and brother in title roles.  For more information about this film, or others available to your club from the Filmategia, click here.


Enara Project Wants to Hear from You

Enara SurveyAs we previously reported, in an effort to get to know the Basque Diaspora better, and in light of the upcoming 7th World Congress of Basque Collectivities this fall, the Basque Government’s Department of the Basque Community Abroad invites everyone to participate in the Enara Project Survey. The hope is to get a better idea of the “characteristics, opinions and interests of Basque people living abroad.”  Everyone that participates will be entered into a raffle for a trip for two to the Basque Country to attend the World Congress, or to Boise, Idaho to attend Jaialdi 2020.  For more information, or to take the survey, click here.  Deadline to participate is August 15th so don’t put it off!



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