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The Etxepare Basque Institute will be at Midem in Cannes and at the Expolangues Fair in Paris


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The Etxepare Basque Institute will be in Midem in Cannes, France this Saturday, releasing Basque music and artists in collaboration with the Euskadiko Soinuak broadcasting program. Afterwards, from February 1-4, Etxepare will be at the Expolangues Fair in Paris, where they will have their own stand promoting various activities such as Basque classes, talks and a concert by Xiberoan singer, Maddi Oihenart, among others. In addition Mari Jose Olaziregi, the institute’s director of promotion of the Basque language, will meet with representatives of the University of Sorbonne III, in order to talk about the status of the Basque language and culture assistantship in the French capital.

Donostia-San Sebastian.  This Saturday the audiovisual fair, Midem will begin in Cannes, and for another year the Basque music industry will be represented by the Etxepare Basque Institute, and the Basque Government’s broadcasting program Euskadiko Soinuak. The fair is one of the most important of its kind for European professionals in the sector, and thanks to Euskadiko Soinuak and the Etxepare Basque Institute nine Basque entities will attend and participate there. 

Etxepare will move from Cannes to Paris, where it will participate in the Expolangues Language Fair.  In prior editions Basque was represented by HABE and the Basque Government’s Vice-Counsel of Linguistic Policy but this year the Etxepare Institute will do it on its own.  The Institute will have its own stand providing information on Euskera, Basque language publications, translations… as well as giving Basque classes among other activities. 

Talks and Concerts

In addition, Etxepare has organized some activities within the Fair’s program.  On February 3 at 11:30, Argitxu Camus Etchecopar, Euskera teacher at the Sorbonne III will give a talk entitled, “The Basque Language in France.” Following, at 19:00 singer Maddi Oihenart will give a concert at the University of Sorbonne III, along with musician Jeremy Garat.  Finally, on February 4th, writer Ur Apapalegi will talk at the Fair on “Basque Literature in the Globalization Era,” at 16:30. 

On February 2nd, Mari Jose Olaziregi, director of the promotion of Euskera at the Etxepare Institute, will take advantage of her time in Paris to meet with the heads of the Iberian and Latin-American studies department (EILA) at the Sorbonne III, to evaluate the situation of the Basque assistantship there and its future activities.  In the afternoon, at 14:30, Olaziregi will give a talk on Basque Literature at the University. 

The next day she will meet with the director of the Cervantes Institute in Paris, to talk about Basque classes that will begin there in February. 


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