THE PROJECT

As soon as the castle of Etxauzia is purchased and given back to the people, we will realize the project by giving more life and attraction to the valley of Baigorri and the inner part of the Basque Country.

Economy

Compared to the power of attraction of the companies near the basque coast, the inner part of the Northern Basque Country needs to reinforce its economic make-up. Etxauzia will be a center to promote the development of the local economy, by partnership building among firms and cooperatives. The network we have begun will have its head office in Etxauzia. We will re-energize solidarity among companies, and boost the local development. We will defend the collective interests and will encourage the use of euskara in the work domain. The firm organization will also be a network of economical structures in the Basque Country.

Culture

Etxauzia will be a cultural center that will cooperate with all the cultural centers and already existing structures, it will be a referential to creation and initiatives. The center located in the inner part of the Basque Country will make way for contemporary art, creation and will follow the current events in the culture space. The valley of Baigorri needs a prestigious place to connect the language to the basque culture.

Heritage

The thousand-year-old catle walls are the witness of our history. They will soon be an interpretation center of our heritage. Through  the history of the Valley of Baigorri and the surrounding valleys, we will explain the history of the Kingdom of Navarre.

Diaspora

Baxenabarre, and the valley of Baigorri in particular, is the area that sufferd most of massive emigration. Etxauzia will be a gathering place for the basques spread throughout the world because diaspora is part of us, too. Baigorri will become the capital of the eighth province and Etxauzia its welcoming place, the mother-home for the basques in the world. Etxauzia will greet, help and host the people coming back to their ancestors’ homeland. It will also be a genealogical research center and safeguard of immaterial heritage.

PROJECT MANAGER

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Kattalin Sainte-Marie

We are elaborating the project. There are four workgroups in the Etxauzia organization : the diaspora commission, the group in charge of economy, a workgroup around history and one that organizes public cultural events. Our plan consists in collective work, participation and network business. We are convinced that the inner Basque Country will be brought back to life thanks to this new and united collective incentive. We are presenting the project of Etxauzia in every corner of the Basque Country and also in the diaspora. We are making new connections and receiving a lot of donations from an important amount of firms and well-known people from all environments. We are, at this time, signing some conventions with organizations and institutions of the Basque Country and the diaspora.

Phone. 0033 (0)685703506

Email. kattalin.stm@etxauzia.eus