The Leizaola Foundation, as part of the activities it organizes within the Euskal Astea program, will offer Basque music, dance and a performance by the bertsolari Peru Irastorza next Friday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Bilbao's Bilborock hall. The event will begin and end with a performance by the San Antonio choir from the Bilbao neighborhood of Iralabarri. The choir will perform five songs, from Oskorri to Maitetxu mía, by Francisco Alonso. But the Beti Jai Alai Dantza Taldea from Bilbao will also participate and will make their art known. Among other things, it will present the Lekeitio women's auresku, the Eguzki dance. In addition, the txistulari Urtzi Leginetxe and the pianist María Solinís will perform classical pieces of Basque music, Sandra Rodríguez will sing and the Roser Carrés…
As we had announced, on Thursday, May 5, we held a meeting at Bilbao's Euskararen Etxea that brought together prominent personalities from the world of the Basque language. The space, moderated by the journalist Agurtzane Bilbao, was attended by Patxi Baztarrika, renowned Euskaltzale, linguist and politician, Paul Bilbao, director of Euskalgintzaren Kontseilua, Miren Agurtzane Elorduy, professor and researcher at the UPV, Kepa Erdozia, professor and researcher from the UPV, Maddi Etxebarria, from Elhuyar Fundazioa, and Miren Elixabete Larrinaga, professor and researcher at the UPV. In a relaxed atmosphere, the attendees outlined some of the main challenges that the Basque language has to face. The session was broadcast in its entirety on YouTube, and the complete recording is available here: https://youtu.be/PfwmyU8DTJg
In line with the spaces for reflection that the Foundation usually organizes, next Thursday, May 5, we will hold a meeting that will bring together prestigious experts in the field of Basque. The meeting will begin at five in the afternoon at the Euskararen Etxea, in the Bilbao neighborhood of San Ignacio, and we will try to reflect on what may be the appropriate strategy for promoting the Basque language in these new times in which we live.
We continue with the organization of our training workshops in various areas of peace and coexistence, and the next three months are certainly going to be intense. On March 15 we will give two workshops on “Interpersonal Relations. Empathy with others to live in society”, at the Paulo Freire center in Vitoria-Gasteiz. One will take place in the morning, from 9:45 a.m. to 12 p.m., and the other will be offered in the afternoon, from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In turn, on Monday, March 21, we will give this same workshop at the Círculo Calle Francia center, also in the capital of Alava. This time, only in the morning, from 9:45 to 12 hours. On April 7, the renowned psychiatrist Goyo Armañanzas will direct the training “Memory and silence…
The exhibition organized by the Foundation in order to recover and remember the figure of the charismatic, but also controversial Basque politician Telesforo Monzón has now moved to the town of Erandio. It will remain open in the exhibition room of the Josu Murueta culture center between February 28 and March 7.
On February 17, around fifty young university students from the UPV Faculty of Law had the opportunity to visit the Basque Parliament and the Gogora Institute with the help of the Foundation. As in previous editions, in addition to following the plenary session live and learning about the Zabalik programme, they also had the opportunity to visit the Gogora Basque Institute of Memory.
From February 17 to 28, the exhibition "Telesforo Monzón: from myth to reality" will be open in the Birika de Derio culture room, which presents and narrates the most outstanding aspects of the life trajectory of this important politician. Monzón, in addition to being one of the most influential politicians in the Basque Country in the 20th century, was also a writer and composer. Eight large-format panels go through some of the most emblematic episodes of his life. Idealized by some, harshly criticized by others, Monzón was a very polyhedral character, and his career is not exempt from chiaroscuro.
Last Saturday, December 11, we celebrated in Bilbao the first performance of the Euskara Bizia initiative. The Zubiarte shopping center was the starting point for this year's activities, in which, as on previous occasions, numerous children participated, as well as their parents. Workshops to learn to paint, karaoke of Basque songs and storytelling complete the nucleus of this initiative with a history of more than 15 years.
Snapshot of the workshop that we gave in Laudio on March 5, 2020 Although the current health situation is worrying, we continue with the University of Experience, and in December we have three appointments with as many centers. Thus, we will offer workshops on interculturality and coexistence in Eibar, Zumarraga and Legazpi. In Eibar you will have us on December 14, and in Zumarraga-Urretxu and Legazpi six days later, on the 20th. In Eibar and Zumarraga we will offer workshops in the morning, from 10 in the morning and from 9:30 to 12:00 noon . In Legazpi, in the afternoon, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We encourage you to come and participate!
From November 21 to 25, we held the eleventh edition of “Gazte Topaketa” in Brussels, an activity that aims to bring the European institutions closer to Basque youth. A group of students from the Faculty of Law of the University of the Basque Country moved to Brussels at the hands of the Foundation. Difficulties were not lacking along the way, as Belgium is, together with the Netherlands and Austria, one of the areas most affected by the pandemic. In this way, they have been one of the very few groups of visitors who have been able to go to the European Parliament, which only opened its doors a couple of days before the arrival of our group, to close them again after our departure. Other visits took place at the…