As the spring semester has ended, summer presents new opportunities to become acquainted with Basque culture. As someone who is not of Basque decent, I intend to make-up for my lack of “Basqueness” by attending one of the biggest celebrations of Basque culture in the United States – and apparently it only happens every 5 years! What luck it will be celebrated during my first year of studying at the University of Nevada’s Center for Basque Studies. There will be international performers as well as those state-side.
Jaialdi started back in 1987 as a way to promote and sustain Basque culture in the United States and abroad; nearly 30 years later, it’s one of the largest Basque festivals anywhere in the world. You’ll be able to watch traditional sports and dancing, dance to Basque music, and — of course — eat and drink with the best of ’em. Check out the schedule to start planning your Jaialdi experience.
Hope to see you all there!