Parana, Argentina. If creating a project to disseminate the Basque culture is a challenge, having it endure through time is also no small challenge. If you ask Federico Borras Alcain, who is in charge of the production and management of Presencia Vasca, what the key of its longevity was, the lawyer would say that tenacity is the key. “This characteristic is so typical of our people, tenacity, and energy to continue moving forward, in spite of everything. In twenty-five years anything can happen in the lives of each one, in our country and even internationally. We have always been disposed to reset and continue; and we are proud of this continuity, which also, of course, includes trying to do things better every day,” he confessed to EuskalKultura.com.
Twenty-five years are a lot especially at the beginning of the century, with the velocity and information circulation associated with new technologies, which require constant change and required being able to adapt. “Even if the goal of the project remains the same, disseminating Basque culture, we surely have gone through a lot of changes. When we began, the idea of dissemination was at the local level, now via the internet, they can listen in the city as well as across the country, in Uruguay and even in the Basque Country! Who would have imagined 25 years ago that this would have been possible. Knowing that we have been heard in the Basque Country makes us very happy, but it also doubles our commitment,” Borras added.
Technological advances have allowed Presencia Vasca to provide an easy format to present news, music, outside commentaries including that of Mikel Ezkerro, as well as a Basque microphone that began in the beginning of 2014 and will continue this year. As part of the microphone, and during last year from the Basque Country, journalist Jon Intxaurraga read texts in Euskera that were later glossed to Spanish by the director of the program.
As every anniversary, the Silver Anniversary of Presencia Vasca will be celebrated on April 26. The celebration will be a double event as the Urrundik Basque Association will also be celebrating its 15th anniversary in April. The lunch will be at the end of the program and will take place at the Elk Circulo Hotel in Parana.
The Presencia Vasca is broadcast by the University Radio (105.7 Mhz) in Parana, on Sundays form 11-12pm. For anyone outside of its broadcasting area, the program can also be heard on the internet: www.fmuniversidad.com. To contact the program by phone +54 343 4347777 or via email: email@example.com. You can also find them on Facebook: “Presencia Vasca Paraná”.