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Bulletin of the Delegation of the Basque Country in the United States 
N.11 - March 2015 

Dear reader, agur!

Institutional relations, economic development, and diaspora are some of the main tasks we at the Delegation of Euskadi in the United States carry out.

This busy March we’ve helped Emakunde establish relations with multilaterals, allowing Basque Gender Equality models be heard and learnt from internationally; ratified the Basque Economic Model at Harvard Business School; generated the roots of a number of new Basque Clubs in the U.S.; improved Agirre Lehendakaria Center’s contacts when promoting the Human Sustainable Development case...

We’re witnessing the beginning of many initiatives as the world famous Bilbainadas!... but also the end of important others such as Mark Bieter’s blog. No doubt a big loss for the diaspora and Basques back in the Motherland; we’d like to thank Mark in the name of many.

Also, we want to remember Zachary Berhau: a model for us all as a Basque American committed to both his countries and supporting the Euzko Etxea of New York for so many years. May he rest in peace.

In the coming months we’ll keep engaging with institutions, businesses and diaspora in many and newer ways we hope you’ll find of added value to all. We’re happy to hear from you about your suggestions, ideas and more. Reach out to us anytime.

Winter is over! A reason to celebrate! And Juan Mari Arzak, one of the best chefs in the world, kicked off celebrations receiving the Key of the City of Miami and being awarded by Miami Dade College entering a select club of awardees.

How about we continue with some cider Basque style in NY? Join Basque Americans Leah Rinaldi and Emily Lobsenz… and all of us.
Laster arte,

Ander Caballero
Delegate of the Basque Government to the United States



Emakunde and the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US Participate in the UN Commission on the Status of Women 
Emakunde Director Izaskun Landaida at the CSW59.

Representatives of Emakunde (the institute for gender equality in Euskadi) and the Delegation of the Basque Government in the United States took part in the fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the United Nations headquarters in New York. During this edition, hundreds of professionals commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered the key global policy document on gender equality.

The primary purpose of the 59th session was to address the current challenges that affect the Beijing Declaration's implementation as well as measuring its achievement level. As Director of Emakunde Izaskun Landaida stated: "In spite of the fact that Emakunde's main focus is on Basque society, it is necessary to bear in mind that gender inequality is a global issue. Even if every state's situation is different, the problem requires effective equality policies."

Emakunde and the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US met with representatives of UN Women, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States to discuss potential collaborations. In relation to these meetings, Ander Caballero, the Delegate of the Basque Country to the United States, declared that Emakunde wants to establish a collaborative framework with different international organizations to promote gender equality. Mr. Caballero believes that the CSW is a great opportunity to both learn from the leading organizations and also share the achievements that Emakunde has made in the area of gender equality in Euskadi. 

For more information, click here.    

Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the US. 


Agirre Lehendakaria Center, the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US and Columbia University Discuss Sustainable Human Development 
Attendants at Columbia University together with Lehendakari Ibarretxe. 

The Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies (ALC, University of the Basque Country), the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US and the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4, Columbia University) celebrated an event where members of academia discussed the ongoing collaborative research inspired by Dr. Juan Jose Ibarretxe's theoretical work on sustainable human development.

During the meeting, LAC and Columbia University presented their most recent advancements, vision for new initiatives, and the implications of their research in the Basque Country and beyond. 

This seminar included a keynote address by Dr. Ibarretxe, former President of the Basque Government, and presentations by renowned scholars including Andrea Bartoli and Peter T. Coleman. 

For more information, click here.

Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the US and the Agirre Lehendakaria Center.


Basque Competitiveness Model Ratified at Harvard 


Pablo Fano (SPRI USA Director), Basque Government Minister Arantxa Tapia, Michael Porter, Mari Jose Aranguren (Okestra Director) and Christian Ketels (course moderator) at Harvard University. 

The Basque Government's Minister of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Arantxa Tapia, presented the Basque Case on the Microeconomics of Competitiveness (MOC) course at Harvard University,  which was co-organized together with Orkestra-Basque Institute for Competitiveness and attended by 40 students of different nationalities.

The course is run at the Harvard Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness and is headed by Professor Michael Porter.

For more information, please click here.  

Source: Irekia.

Juan Arzak, awarded by the City of Miami and Miami Dade College, Joins Obama, Walesa, Gorvacheb and Clinton's Club 

 Juan Maria Arzak in Miami, FL.  

Last March 11, Miami Dade College honored three Michelin stars winner Juan Mari Arzak with a Presidential Medal in recognition of his lifetime achievements.

Chef Arzak is considered one of the great masters of New Basque Cuisine and runs a restaurant together with his daughter Elena, which has been in the top ten of the World's 50 Best Restaurants since 2006. As to the awards that he has received, the Knighthood of the Order of the Arts and the Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, the Gold Medal of the City of Donostia, the Gold Medal of the territory of Guipúzcoa, and the Universal Basque by the Basque Autonomous Government have to be highlighted. Other recognitions include the Gran Premio del Arte de la Cocina for Best Chef in Europe and the International Award of Honor by Trophée Gourmet.

The Miami Dade College Presidential Medal has also been awarded to leaders all across the world such as Barack Obama, Lech Walesa, Madeleine Albright, Yoani Sanchez and Mikhail Gorbachev.

For more information, click here  

Source: Miami Dade College.  
Interview with Lorenzo Parro, Creator of "Bilbainadas" Webseries 

Lorenzo Parro (left) and Txemi Parra, creators of "Bilbainadas". 

Recently, Basque actor and director Lorenzo Parro has become really popular thanks to the recent web series “Bilbainadas”. He has been featured in several Basque media outlets, which made him well known among the Basque community of New York City, where he currently lives.  He is witty and has a way with words; talents which help him both in front of and behind the camera.
Where were you born?
I was born in Barakaldo Distrito Federal, but as Iñaki Azkuna used to say, I consider myself “Un Bilbaíno del mundo y de mundo”. 

How long have you been living in New York?
It’s been 10 years since I booked a flight to NYC.

What brought you to the US?
I had no plan; I knew absolutely no one in the city and did not speak English very well, so it’s been a wild ride.

What else do you do besides "Bilbainadas"? (Are you an actor, producer, etc.)
In all these years, I have worked in theater, independent films and TV, sometimes in front of the camera and sometimes behind it as a producer, director and writer -and that’s how I became a New Yorker, multitasking. Currently, I’m acting in and directing “Bilbainadas”, a web series created by Txemi Parra and myself.

What inspired you to create the “Bilbainadas" web series?
“Bilbainadas” is based on real experiences we’ve had traveling around the world behaving like “Bilbaínos”.

What would you want the future of “Bilbainadas” to be?
The series has had 10 episodes so far and the goal is to continue telling these stories at least until Athletic de Bilbao wins the Champions League or the World Cup.

What is it that you miss the most from Euskadi?
Working on this project is our way to show how much we miss Euzkadi, our family, friends and of course, Patxarán. 

Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the US. 


Basque Country's Culinary History Presented at the Kennedy Center 
in DC


Documentary filmmaker, journalist and author of books on gastronomy Hasier Etxebarria presented a reflection on the Basque Country's culinary history and the notoriety of its chefs during the Iberian Suite, a festival organized by the John F. Kennedy Center,. The Iberian Suite is an event that highlights the impact the Iberian cultures have had throughout the world and explains the vast influences they have embraced from other cultures.

Mr. Etxebarria gave two lectures and showed two documentaries on Basque gastronomy. The first day's objective was to highlight the relevance of Basque culture, language, art and gastronomy in the formation of a collective identity. After his speech, Hasier showed Francisco Javier Gutiérrez and Jon Arregui's “Euskadi: Cocina en la Cumbre” documentary. The following day's attention focused on the figure of the great master of Basque Cuisine, Juan Mari Arzak.

On this last day, the public had the chance to watch “Juan Mari Arzak: Etxe bat da Mundua,” directed by Hasier Etxebarria himself, and they discussed their thoughts with the creator of the film.

For more information, click here.

Source: Etxepare.

Basque Government Cultural Tour Grants 2015

Lehendakaritza building in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

The Basque Government Directorate for the Basque Communities Abroad announced that the call for 2015 Cultural Tour grants is open. Artists, musicians, dancers and performers from the provinces of Araba, Gipuzkoa and Bizkaia that have confirmed exhibitions with Basque Clubs abroad can submit their applications. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis considering the following points: number of performances that have been agreed to during the tour, potential audience, budget reasonableness, achieved success in the Basque Country, importance of the activity for the local Basque community, participation of the Basque Club's youth and gender perspective.

For more information, click here

Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the US.


The Basque Film Library Makes Part of Its Collection  Available to the Public


The Basque Film Library, a nonprofit organization created in 1978, is the only organization working exclusively for the conservation of the Basque film archive. During the last 35 years, the library's collection has increased from 600 film meters to 5 million meters of cinematographic and 17 million meters of videographic material.

Regarding the initiative to upload some of the films, Joxean Fernández, director of the Basque Film Library, and Ion López, conservation director, declared that their objective was to make accessible to the public and researchers the film patrimony. Although up to now users can only watch 20 films, it is planned to add a new title every month.

For more information, click here

Source: About Basque Country.


Basque Cider House Dinner in
New York City 

Next Sunday, March 29, the Cider House dinner will take place in New York City. The Cider House proposes to grace the perennial bustle of Manhattan with age old Basque traditions in an immersive dinner of interactive film, art and music staged at the award winning Txikito Restaurant. Drawing from stories and characters in Emily Lobsenz's feature documentary film, “Song of the Basques,” Txikito's chefs Alex Raij and Eder Montero  will work with Emily and event producer Leah Rinaldi as well as Basque and local artists to recreate the experience of the Basque cider house. Through a curated dinner including projections, sculptures and music, the event will evoke personal experiences and environmental themes of Basque culture. Gathering mouths and minds this immerse cultural interchange will push guests to come to a deeper understanding of how what we eat really is who we are.

At its core, the evening is about celebrating and sharing Basque culture, and pushing the boundaries of how food, art and environment relate to one another. While enjoying the menu of perhaps one of the most quintessential of Basque traditions- The Cider House, guests will become a part of the celebration as they interact not only with their meal but also the projections, performances and artistic pieces that inform it. This evening will inspire them to think about the ancient story that each bite celebrates; the story not only of Basques from their unabashed pride to their truly humble hospitality, but also a more universal story about local environments and cultural heritage.

For more information, click here.    

Source: The Cider House.



Application Period for the 2015 Basque Clubs Grants is Open 


The Official Journal of the Basque Country announced that the application period for the 2015 Basque Clubs grants is open. The closing date for applications is April 19th. 

For more information, click here

Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the US. 


Mark Bieter's Blog Comes to an End 

Mark Bieter, son of a Basque from Boise and a German lover of Basque culture from Milwaukee, announced on March 11th that after four years of writing in his blog he has decided to retire. As he mentioned in his farewell message, not only had he had the chance to interview personalities such as former U.S. Senator Larry Craig and Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu, but he also narrated those small everyday events that were important in his life. Mark said that apart from capturing moments that were important to him, what he enjoyed the most was realizing that many people had really similar experiences.

The reaction to the news was immediate and his numerous followers shared their sadness for the end of the era. We all wish him the best for his new projects and we also hope to have him again on the web. We still have much to learn from him!

For more information, click here. 



Alert Service by the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US 

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Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the U.S. 



Agirre Lehendakaria Center Meets with Members of the Euzko Etxea of New York 

Members of the Euzko Etxea of New York with Lehendakari Ibarretxe at the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US. 

On March 4, Lehendakari Agirre Center, the Delegation of Euskadi in the United States and the Euzko Etxea of New York held a meeting with Prof. Juan José Ibarretxe, Lehendakari from 1999-2009.

The event consisted of a brief presentation on the Lehendakari Agirre Center hosted by Prof. Juan José Ibarretxe and a discussion with members of the Euzko Etxea on the maintenance of Basque identity in the city of New York. This presentation was followed by a reception and informal networking, held at the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US.

Source: Delegation of the Basque Country in the US.


Euzko Etxea of New York to Celebrate Aberri Eguna 
A previous edition of the celebration of Aberri Eguna at the Euzko Etxea of New York. Source: EENY.   

Euzko Etxea of New York (EENY)  will celebrate Aberri Eguna on April 5th, the Basque National Day celebrated on Easter Sunday. For reservations please contact Itziar Albisu by phone 201.214.9649 or email Due to the limited number of seats available EENY urges those interested in attending to make reservations as soon as possible. The deadline for reservations is March 30th.
Source: Euzko Etxea of New York. 



Novel by Basque-American Author Presented in New York  

Begoña Echeverria presenting her book at the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US

On March 8, 2015, the Basque-Californian author Begoña Echeverria presented her new novel, “The Hammer of Witches," at the Delegation of the Basque Government in the US in an event organized by the Euzko Etxea of New York.

Members of the Basque community in New York gathered at the Delegation to meet with the author in person and enjoy a small reception that followed the presentation.

Set in a small Basque town in 1610, and based on historical events, Begoña Echeverria’s “The Hammer of Witches” tells the incredible story of Maria, a girl determined to honor her mother’s memory by learning to read and improve her lot in life; the priest Salvador Zabaleta, who has sworn to protect Maria but whose own identity is beset by struggles; and the mysterious Sabine Elizalde. As Maria is drawn into their lives and into a series of macabre events, she learns about the depth of her own courage.

Source: Delegation of the Basque Government in the US and Euzko-Etxea of New York.
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