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The pandemic has not intimidated the Diaspora that, taking care of itself, celebrates its day today virtually and at face-to-face events


The Haize Hegoa Basque Club in Montevideo danced at the Rodo Park
The Haize Hegoa Basque Club in Montevideo danced at the Rodo Park


Donostia-San Sebastián. On this September 8th when the Day of the Basque Diaspora is celebrated, a 100 or so Basque clubs and Organizations all over the world will come together and join in the official acts led by Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu in Ormaiztegi, Gipuzkoa (see article here). Even if it is not being aired live, there will be a summary video of the same provided before the end of the week. For his part and along with his team who is preparing this afternoon’s event, the Director of the Basque Community Abroad, Gorka Alvarez Aranburu, has address today Basques around the world in this video.

Today's video of the Director of the Basque Community Abroad from Ormaiztegi, Gipuzkoa

Falling on a workday, there are Basque clubs and communities that celebrated last weekend.  That is the case of the Tokyo Euskal Etxea that held a meeting via Zoom on Saturday the 5th, an opportunity that allowed members relate how they are experiencing this special time of the Coronavirus.  The meeting also included planning for a tentative trip to Euskal Herria next winter.

[Virtual meeting to celebrate Diaspora Day 2020 with members of the Tokyo Euskal Etxea]

On the other side of the world, the Haize Hegoa Basque Club in Uruguay held a dance event on Sunday September 6th in the Rodo Park in Montevideo.  Without leaving the Southern Cone, the Colectividad Vasca Basque Club of Chile also celebrated Diaspora Day on Zoom yesterday afternoon.

Invited by the Directorate of the Basque Community Abroad, a large number of clubs are creating videos; in some cases that are being shared on social media like the one from the Boise Basque Club that has adapted the song Bizkaia Maite of Irigaray-Lertxundi (see here), or the publisher Euskal Erria  that shared a message from Jose Antonio Aguirre recorded by Radio Ariel in 1955, during his last visit there.

As every year, the list of events is growing as the date approaches.  Here are some of the events that we have been made aware of from around the world joining those published in prior articles giving an idea of the projection that this celebration on September 8th is enjoying this year despite the sever restrictions imposed by the pandemic.  Gora munduko euskaldunok! Gora euskal diaspora!


-The Berlin Euskal Etxea Gernika Kulturverein invites everyone on Friday September 11th at 6pm at the Tempelhofer Feld (beer house Luftpark – Columbiadamm). All safety measures will be applied against COVID 19.  All members and friends are invited, as well as anyone else who would like to join in the celebration.


-Unión Vasca in Bahía Blanca invites you on Friday the 11th at 8pm for a Virtual Txoko.  More information, here.
-Denak Bat de Cañuelas, in the year of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Juan Sebastian Elkcano to the Strait of Magellan, there will be an exhibit on his contributions, the journey and the participation of Elcano himself.  The exhibit will broadcast on the Center’s social media by Dr. Gustavo Gabriel Lopez, lawyer and resident of Cañuelas.
-Lagun Onak in PergaminoSeptember 12th virtual celebration: video of lehendakari Martha Arrillaga allusive to Diaspora Day: Aurresku and Fandango by the Goizeko Izarra dance group. Video tribute to Dr. Julio Maiztegui, Argentine doctor and researcher, and honorary club member video with writer Hernán Digilio, second place winner of the 2019 edition of the Bilboko Aste Nagusia International Literary Contest and first prize winner in the 2020 edition. There will also be Basque food for pick up.
-Euzko Etxea in Villa MaríaSunday the 13th, food sale for Diaspora Day: ‘Porotada Vasca’. Information, here.
-Eusko Aterpea in Gral. Rodríguez lets the community know that today at 11am the Radio Pública Municipal de Gral. Rodríguez (89.5) will interview the Delegate of the Basque Government in Argentina, Sara Pagola.
-Itxaropen in Saladillo will celebrate today with the Traveling Basque Film Series.  They will see Zarautzen erosi zuen (I bought it in Zarautz) (2014, Kimuak), by director Aitor Arregi, at 8:30pm virtual discussion.


-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 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.


-Lima Euskal Etxea invites everyone to a festive day with an official greeting, dancing, cooking class,Euskera and a photo exhibit.  More information, here


-Saltoko Euskaldunen Taldea invites everyone today to its headquarters for food and a documentary:  The History of Vasconia (Eitb) “What do the Basques Eat and Drink”. There will also be mus, singing, music and karaoke.  Spots limited by COVIC protocols.

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