Chloe Freslon, the online marketing director for Hotel des Academies et des Arts Paris, wrote to tell me about the Hotel. Why, do you ask? Well, the owners, Charlotte and her husband Laurent Inchauspe, are Basque and would love to welcome more Basques to Paris. The hotel, as the name implies, is focused on art and has been decorated by several French artists. The rooms look amazing.
Details about the hotel:
Hotel des Académies et des Arts
15 rue de la Grande Chaumière
75006 Paris – FRANCE
Tel. : +33 1 43 26 66 44
Contact : Laurent Inchauspé ou Henry Mona
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Sometimes, learning about Basque music when you reside outside of Euskadi can be difficult. There are new media available, including streaming music on the internet, but, still, it can be difficult to really sample and discover new groups.
Txema of Bilbo sent me a link to Ekaitzaldi, a blog that covers a wide range of Basque music. The only criterion is that the music was made in Euskadi. The styles range from punk to classical to, it appears, Latin as well. What’s more, and what may be questionable, legally, the blog offers downloads of the music. But, it might be a way to sample music before buying it.
From EuskoSare again. If you are big into instant messaging and want to give your IMing a Basque flavor, EuskoSare has some graphics that are perfect for you. Check out this site for a collection of graphics for both male and female identities. The one at left most closely resembles me. 🙂
A forum for Basques all over the world, Euskal Herria Aintzindari has news, a calendar of events, and, maybe most interestingly, a “Musika Txokoa” where you can listen to streams of various modern Basque music. The site is entirely in Euskara, which may be a challenge for some of us, but may also force us to learn a bit more.
Rosa Totorica, the US coordinator for EuskoSare, wrote to share the news about EuskoSare’s first online Short Film Contest, EuskoMovie 2008! They are looking for any film, recorded in any way, that is about 2 minutes or less and references Basque culture. The deadline is July 20, and there is a cash prize (1200 euros, which is a lot more dollars!). So, if you are at all interested, check out this announcement for more information.