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The University Iberoamericana of Santa Fe, Mexico inaugurates its first Basque culture week on Monday


Chef Mikel Alonso will participate at the Santa Fe Basque Cultural Week
Chef Mikel Alonso will participate at the Santa Fe Basque Cultural Week


From May 2-5, 2011 the University Iberoamericana in Santa Fe, just outside Mexico City, will celebrate a Basque week featuring different aspects of the Basque culture such as gastronomy, art, architecture, business innovation and literature. Gorka Larrañaga, Basque language and culture professor at the university, announced the program of activities and invites the Basque-Mexican community to participate in the events.

Santa Fe, Mexico. The University Iberoamericana of Santa Fe will be the sight of an exhibition of art and Basque culture that will take place on Monday May 2nd.  This cultural week will feature various aspects of the Basque Country today including art, cooking, literature, and business to name a few.

The activities will begin on Monday with a screening of shorts from the program Kimuak. On May 3rd, Mikel Alonso, originally from Irun and chef of the Biko restaurant in Mexico City, will do a cooking demonstration entitled, “New Basque Cuisine,” followed by the official inauguration of the event by the exposition of Gorka Larrañaga’s work.

At midday, a symposium on contemporary art will take place with artists Iñigo Manterola, Tasio Ardanaz and Gorka Larrañaga.  Finally at 2:30pm gourmet products and cultural initiatives like “Euskara Mundiala” will take place in the lobby of the Jose Sanchez Villaseñor auditorium.

On Wednesday May 4th, various presentations will take place on the subject of the Basque business world, and in the afternoon the Basque writer Joseba Buj will present his book, De nuestra sola incumbencia (Our Sole Concern.)  To conclude, on Thursday May 5th, the Basque week will close with a cooking demonstration by the group Sukalde and a master’s class in Basque literature by writer Iñigo Aranbarri.

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