Benoit Etcheverry, the EuskoSare coordinator for France, is also heavily involved in creating the International Center for the Basque Diaspora. I previously posted an announcement in which they were looking for volunteers to help renovate Azkarate Castle to serve as this Center. Benoit, pictured at left, sent me a couple of photos of the Center, showing the current state of things. It looks great! I can’t wait to visit! Click on the photos of the Center to get a bigger version.
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.
I’ve made a slight redesign of the boxes on the right sidebar. Nothing dramatic, just a subtle change. The big differences are that the poll is a new format and the webnote list is gone. I’m not sure anyone cared about the webnote list. If removing that is something people care strongly about, let me know. And I hope that the new poll is “new and improved”.
In a change that I hope that both is relatively transparent but at the same time makes both administering and using this site that much better, I’ve made the front page of Buber’s Basque Page a blog, using WordPress. I hope that this makes posting new items a bit easier for me, so I do it more often. It will also allow visitors to post comments on the items I post, increasing the overall usefulness of the site.
I’m trying to make sure nothing is broken, but I’m sure there are things. If you see anything broken, please let me know.