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A group of Basques from Magdalena are taking steps to reactivate and recuperate the Ongi Etorri Basque Club

05/08/2019

Dantzaris from Magdalena in 2012
Dantzaris from Magdalena in 2012

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Magdalena, Argentina. The city of Magdalena, 100 kilometers from the capital, founded its own Basque club in 1992.  The Ongi Etorri Basque Club taught Basque and dance classes and functioned for years, although during the last five, their activity declined til zero.  But there are always people who are ready “to open the shades.” And so, family members of the club founders gathered on April 25th to organize a re-founding of the center in hopes of “return to teaching Basques, create a dance group, and strengthen ties with other groups in the region to normalize the basis of the institution.”

This weekend, Angela Diaz Ezquiaga, vice-president and Basque teacher trained in one of the first Euskara Munduan programs, will represent the Basque club at Buenos Aires Celebrates 2019. At the same time, club supporters are planning a celebration of some of the most important dates to the community in the second half of the year.

The club’s board also held a meeting with the local mayor, Gonzalo Peluso, who committed to find a place on the Rivadavia Street between Irigoyen and Goenaga, bordering the municipal cultural center, according to the local daily El Regional Costero.

To contact the Ongi Etorri Basque Club find them on Facebook.:



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