Etxepare Basque Institute

EtxepareThe Etxepare Basque Institute has the mission of making the Basque language and culture known to the world in fulfillment of the slogan by Bernat Etxepare (author of the first book printed in the Basque language in 1545): “jalgi hadi mundura” (“open yourself to the world”).

The Etxepare Institutre set up an innovative plan to facilitate initial contact with Euskara (the Basque language) and Basque culture for people from all over the world: Euskara Mundiala.  This plan gives people the chance to speak Euskara via the website.

On the website you can listen to dozens of phrases in Euskara: typical expressions, proverbs and tongue twisters. Anyone who accesses the website can choose whatever phrase they want, listen to it, and record it right there on the website with a webcam, thereby multiplying the number of Basque speakers.  It also offers users the option to say whatever they want and they can ask for a translation into Basque of what they want to say.

We want you, as well as your friends and acquaintances, to take part in this project.  Likewise, we’d also  like to let you  know  that  from now  on  you  can also find us on  social  networks like Facebook and Twitter. We’ve created profiles in four languages:  Basque, Spanish, English and French.  These are the links:

The Etxepare Institute has made available the "Basque Culture Collection:" a series of downloadable books (in pdf format) on select aspects of Basque culture, each providing a fine general overview written by a noted expert in that field.  The objective is to publicize these themes internationally, and because of this, the collection is trilingual: in Basque, Spanish and English.

Click on the links below and you can download the pdf directly (courtesy of

1. A Brief History of the Basque Language (Ivan Igartua eta Xabier Zabaltza)
2. Basque Literature in the 20th Century (Estibalitz Ezkerra)
3. Basque Classical Music (Karlos Sanchez Ekiza)
4. Basque Songwriting: Pop, Rock, Folk (Jon Eskisabel)
5. A Collection of Prints (Visual Arts) (Miren Jaio)
6. Basque Cinema (Joxean Fernandez)
7. Architecture and Design (Pello Agirre) (coming soon)
8. Basque Dance (Oier Araolaza)
9. Bertsolaritza (Joxerra Garzia)
10. Traditions (Joseba Zulaika)
11. On Basque Cuisine (Hasier Etxeberria)

For more information contact:
Etxepare Institute
Prim, 7 I 20006 Donostia-San Sebastián
Tel.: 943 023 400 I Fax: 943 023 401



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