Every year NABO sponsors and a Basque club host Udaleku, a two-week Basque Culture Summer Camp. Participants ages 10-15 have an opportunity to learn more about their Basque heritage while having fun and making new friends.
If you are a member of the Basque Museum & Cultural Center (or any other NABO affiliated organization), and you would like to send your child to Udaleku, you can sign up this evening, March 1, at 7pm MST/6pm PST.
This year’s Udaleku will be held in Reno, Nevada, from July 8 to July 20. The camp will include music, dance, culture, language, and more!
Where: Reno, Nevada
When: July 8-20
Ages: 10 -15 years
All participants must be 10 years old on or before September 1, 2018.
The camp fills up quickly (usually within the first 15 minutes), so it is recommended that everyone be at their computers at, or prior to 7pm MST/6pm PST.
The link to the registration form can be found at http://nabasque.eus/udaleku_application.html.
Valerie Arrechea (left)
NABO President & Udaleku Chair
WHAT IS UDALEKU?
Formerly known as Music Camp, Udaleku came into being in April 1974 when various Basque clubs joined together to create the North American Basque Organizations, Inc. (NABO) with the purpose of promoting and encouraging our common Basque heritage. Since those early days the bonds between Basques here in the United States have been strengthened and extended. The annual Udaleku sponsored by NABO, and hosted by one of our member organization, has contributed much to this growth.
The first camp was held in Boise, Idaho (Bogus Basin) in 1975. Since then, hundreds of young Basques have gathered for two weeks each summer in a different city of the extended Basque community in the United States. Under the direction of local and visiting talent from Europe, participants study Basque folk dance, music (either txistu or accordion), singing and games (such as the card game “mus” and “pala”).
Besides being a good learning experience, the camp offers the participants a great opportunity to develop ties and friendships with other young Basques from many states whose parents and ancestors came from both the northern and southern parts of “Euskal Herria” or the Basque country. The relationships formed over the two-week period increases the present and future interaction between all of our Basque clubs. Udaleku is a unique experience for both the participants–who meet other Basques from other communities–and for the opportunity to teach younger generations of Basque-Americans about their culture. The camp is meant to impart to young Basque-Americans an appreciation for the uniqueness of their heritage.
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