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Czech Republic: More than 3 000 Roma celebrate International Romani Day on a square in Ostrava

9.4.2018 7:54
International Romani Day 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (PHOTO: Richard Samko)
International Romani Day 2018 in Ostrava, Czech Republic. (PHOTO: Richard Samko)

More than 3 000 people, the vast majority of them Romani, assembled on Saturday afternoon on Svatopluk Čech Square in Ostrava to celebrate International Romani Day. The initiators of the event were two Romani students, Vladimír Čermák and Vladimír Kočko.

The celebrations were supported by the Association of Romani Entrepreneurs and Societies of the Czech Republic. "We wanted to do something for Romani people because there are not very many events like this happening here," Čermák told news server


"This is the only Romani holiday, and therefore we wanted to do a really big event so that not just people from Ostrava would attend, but people from the surrounding region," Čermák said. In his view, education is very important, and the organizers did their best to promote it throughout the afternoon.

"We are an informal group that wants to support Romani students and we want others to join us," Čermák said. During the afternoon music was performed by the bands Gipsy Culy, Gipsy Kajkoš, Diny Košice, Gipsy Čhave and the Ostrava group Gipsy Mercedes.


Zdeněk Ryšavý, Richard Samko, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
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