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New in 2018 - Basque Traditions

2018 Highlights

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Basque & Buckaroo Kickoff Bash

Monday, January 29
7:00pm, G Three Bar Theater

Kick off the 34th Gathering with an artful entry into the worlds of Basques and buckaroos. Enjoy the Basque art of bertsolaritza as poets bandy sung-spur-of-the-moment rhymes, and tap your toes to the strains of the trikitixa in this evening of music and poetry featuring David Romtvedt & Caitlin Belem and more. Come early and try out the Pioneer Picon punch! Stay afterward for a glass of wine and a game of mus.

Basque Workshops

Connect with the Basque heritage through music and movement as you learn the steps to Basque social dances and more about the pandero instrument in our Basque Percussion workshops.

Read more about them here.

Bizkaia, Boise and Beyond *

Thursday, February 1
6:00pm, Elko Convention Center Auditorium


From Basque country to buckaroo country comes an evening of surprises. Join champion bertsolariak from both sides of the pond as they engage in the Basque art of bertsolaritza,  which is improvised, created-on-the-spot melodic poetry-sparring as the bertsolariak try to cleverly one-up each other. Enjoy verse and stories that connect buckaroos to Argentine Basque gauchos to Basque-American ranchers. And, experience the irresistible force of music and dance that spans all these worlds. Gure etxera datorrena, bere etxean dago! "Who come to our home are at their home!"

This show is one of several we for which we offer a special "Next Generation" discount for folks who are between the ages of 15 and 35. A limited number of tickets are available at the discounted price of $20. Buy up to two tickets. Read more.