BE SINGING! Most time continued singing in Euskera. Longer period of time in a row singing in Basque
WORLD RECORD CHALLENGE
WHERE IS ZALDIBIA?
SPONSORS & PRESS
In the opinion of one of these organizers (known as Agustin Mujika), this has been a very successful initiative in all the media, and Basque has been praised as a language. It could be sung in groups, and the songs were chosen from a list. Mujika says the turnout was tremendous, with the whole town of Zaldibia making an effort to set a record. Both children and young people as well as adults. All participants were given a “badge” as well as a small merchandising of the record with different souvenirs. Almost 1000 people took part (of which 748 were horsemen). Organizers and facilitators acknowledged that he slept little but that it was worth it. In addition, people from other towns came to see or take part: Catalonia, Bizkaia, Gipuzkoa (Zarautz, Lasarte, Andoain, Ordizia, etc.). With these areas and peculiarities there was no such OWR registered. Likewise, Xabi Ormaetxea has made a wooden sculpture as a testimony to the challenge and if he encourages another town he will take it to his village to overcome this challenge. It seems that already next year another town has expressed interest in taking on this challenge but we will see. Among the participants were some well-known singers in Basque singing, as well as the judge of the Official World Record (David Ventura). The latter explained that the OWRs will always try to record such records, after all, working to ensure the survival of an ancient language is very positive for everyone. Singing has been a unique factor in the transmission of the Basque language, so its use will never be lost with the encouragement of such initiatives.