Donostia-San Sebastián. In 2018, when the Basque Government proposed the idea of celebrating the Day of the Basque Diaspora on September 8th, Basque clubs and Basque institutions from all over the world were enthusiastic and took responsibility of the initiative. And so, the two prior editions were characterized by a large number of activities that took place at clubs to enjoy the day and the great projection and recognition that is supposes.
This year, due to limitations caused by the pandemic, the Directorate of the Basque Communities Abroad has proposed a virtual Day of the Diaspora. Basque clubs have been invited to send videos, with the idea of compiling them later on and making a portion of each celebration part of a documentary. Details of the invitation, here.
Dozens of Basque clubs are making videos, some of them are big productions that include songs, testimonies, dancing, and images of previous festivities….These will be shared by each institution on their social media on September 8th.
In the same way, there are some clubs that are inviting their communities to participate in specific activities the majority of which will be virtual. In this article, we have selected a variety of invitations from different countries. If you club’s does not appear, please send it here.
-La Plata Euzko Etxea will commemorate Diaspora Day with various activities. Beginning today at 7pm there will be a certificate presentation organized by the National Directorate of Migration to Argentina, and the La Plata Delegation. The distinction will be presented to Iñaki Aramayo Lazcano, as a represented of the Basque community, and as part of the Immigrant Day festivities. They also launched another number of their magazine Eguzki. More information, here
-Lagun Onak in Pergamino, on September 12th will have a virtual celebration that will include a video from club president, Martha Arrillaga commemorating the Day of the Basque Diaspora; Aurresku and Fandango by the Goizeko Izarra dance group. A video tribute to Dr. Julio Maiztegui, Argentine doctor and researcher, honorary club member; video with writer Hernán Digilio,second place winner of the 2019 edition of the Aste Nagusia International Literary Contest in Bilbao and first prize winner in the 2020 edition. There will also be Basque food for pick up.
-Sao Paulo Eusko Alkartasuna will gather and share testimonies from Basques who adopted Brazil as their new home all month long, under the motto “Pride of Belonging,” the Basque People. On September 12th at 4pm there will be an online presentation about Basques in Brazil. More information, here.
-Eusko Etxea in Viña and Valparaíso will celebrate with a virtual gathering on September 8th at 7pm. The event will be on Zoom and will be attended by Basque-Argentine, Daniel Oholeguy who will talk about “Basque History and Emigration.” More information, here.
-The New England Basque Club will celebrate this Sunday, September 6th will herri kirolak, Jai Alai and paella and beverages. Beginning at 1pm until 6pm at the Amateur Fronton with masks and social distancing. More information, here.
-The Royal Basque Society of Friends of the Country in Madrid has prepared “Munduan Fruitua,” with 20 articles about Basque culture. The index of the publication is available here.
-The Tokyo Basque Club will celebrate with a virtual ‘topaketa’ on Zoom on September 6th.