Kaixo!

The Washington, DC Euskal Etxea is a Basque Club formed in 2006.

Our purposes include:

  • Keeping and practicing the culture and traditions of the Basque people
  • Engaging in educational, social, and recreational activities to bring together those interested in the Basque people
  • Supporting the members in any reasonable matter
  • Promoting the Basque culture in the greater community

 

Contact: wdceuskaletxea@gmail.com

 

Upcoming Events 2017

  • Berri Txarrak : Sept. 9th - 8 pm : Heaven and Hell Club, Adams Morgan - 2327 18th St NW Washington DC. TICKETS online pre-sale $10:
    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/berri-txarrak-washington-dc-tickets-37295393526
    See you there!

  • September: PiperraPalooza

  • September - December: Euskera Klaseak - Basque Language Classes (adult class & children´s class)

  • December: Olentzero DC-ra Dator XII

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History of the Washington, DC Euskal Etxea

The origin of the Washington, DC Euskal Etxea traces back to October of 2005. That fall, the Embassy of France hosted a screening of the "Last Link", a movie chronicling the lives of Basque shepherds in the Western US. Argia Beristain and Jurdana Izagirre Artaza, two of the Washington, DC Euskal Etxea founders, met at this event's reception and after many months of dinners, patxaran and enthusiastic late night conversations, decided to organize a big gathering to reach out to other Basques in the area, with the goal of creating a Basque Club in DC.

That initial meeting took place in July of 2006 and over 30 people from the Greater Washington area attended. Just five months later, the Washington DC Euskal Etxea was officially incorporated.

Thanks to the enthusiasm and hard work of our board members and friends Izaskun Urien, Nagore Goitiandia, Sam Zengotitabengoa, Lorea Barturen, Eba Cortabarria, Bea Elorza and Pello Huesa, 2007 was a very busy year. We became members of the North American Basque Organizations (NABO) and hosted many exciting and varied events, such as the Aberri Eguna picnic, a DC United soccer game, a Piperra dinner, a movie night, the Olentzero party and a Txalaparta concert. Our membership has kept growing as well; we currently have around 40 members, most of them young professionals.

We thank all our members and friends for their support and dedication toward creating a meeting point for those interested in all Basque and we welcome everybody in the DC area to come and participate with us. The Washington, DC Euskal Etxea anticipates many more gatherings and events as we continue to expand membership and celebrate Basque fellowship.

Ondo ibili eta laster arte!

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2017 Board Members

Argia Beristain - Mark Bieter - Nagore Goitiandia - Samiñe Irigoien

Jurdana Izagirre - Dan Ayaïs Robinson - Sam Zengotitabengoa

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