Museum of the Romani National Revival to open with "A Century of Roma in Czechoslovakia" exhibit
On Thursday, 10 May an informal gathering of selected Romani figures was held at the Divadlo v Korunní theater in Prague by the newly-established Museum of the Romani National Revival. The Museum has been established by Emil Ščuka, who was previously part of the birth of the Roma Civic Initiative (ROI) in the 1990s and became its first chair.
The main aim of the gathering was to present the primary idea of the Museum of the Romani National Revival and to introduce its first project, an exhibition called "A Century of Roma in Czechoslovakia". "We saw that such an exhibition is lacking and that events are also missing from the public calendar that would review the emancipatory and revival movement of the 1990s, starting with the 1989 revolution," Ščuka said in an interview for ROMEA TV.
"It has almost 30 years now, and I, my friends and sympathizers - and not just we - are asking how it can be that this time from not so long ago, this contemporary history, is being denied a place - why is no other Museum doing this?" Ščuka asked. The exhibition will officially open on 3 October 2018 in Prague, but organizers have conceived of it as a travelling exhibition that would gradually visit different cities not just in the Czech Republic, but also in Slovakia, and an English-language version would visit Israel and Russia.
On the occasion of this exhibition a publication will also be released that will map the more recent history of Romani people living on the territory of the former Czechoslovakia and its successor states.The Museum of the Romani National Revival wants mainly to bolster Romani people's national self-awareness, increase their social prestige, and present Romani history through exhibitions, lectures and publications.
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