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Senpere celebrates Basque schools day
The commitment to the Basque language and to the Basque schools is so rooted in the Basque society that thousands of people attend every year the festival in order to enjoy the day and to pay tribute to the ikastolas.
Thousands of supporters of the Basque language and culture are expected to meet today in Senpere to celebrate Herri Urrats. Herri Urrats is the festival of the Basque schools in the Basque provinces south-west France.
Every year events are organised in the different regions of the Basque Country to raise money for ikastolas (Basque language schools). The commitment to the Basque language and to the Ikastolas (Basque schools) is so rooted in the Basque society that thousands of people attend every year the festival in order to enjoy the day and to pay tribute to the ikastolas.
Music will be the main protagonist. Basque bands such as Peio ta Pantxoa, Anje Duhalde, Gatibu, Zea Mays and Kerobia will entertain the spectators. Even children will have a place with stands with games and clowns. The day will also be packed with dance performances as well as sports activities and other kind of attractions.
Organisers aim at getting enough funding to be able to guarantee a wide teaching offer. The funds raised from this event will go towards the restoration of the Bernat Etxepare and Xalbador Kanbokoa school’s facilities and towards the victims of the floods that have hit the area recently.
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