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videoRoma guys see a piano on the street - look what happened next!

Trnava, Slovakia, 16.7.2014 18:06, (ROMEA) A video from Slovakia is spreading like wildfire online featuring an upright piano on the street and three Romani guys. The footage was shot by Peter Bročka of Trnava, who posted the breathtaking clip to YouTube.com.  full story

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Khamoro World Roma Festival coming to Plzeň for the first time!

Plzeň, 18.6.2014 18:22, (ROMEA) This year the biggest Romani festival in the Czech Republic will bring sunshine not just to Prague, but to another city as well. For the first time ever, Khamoro will be hosted by the City of Plzeň from 26 – 28 June 2014.  full story

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Czech Republic: Lukrecius Chang, Mc Eisi and Josef Červenák issue single together

Prague, 17.2.2014 20:37, (ROMEA) Three Romani singers in the Czech Republic have joined forces on a new single, "Jak se máš má lásko bývalá" ("How are you, my old love?"). The development of the song has an interesting back story.  full story

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videoKhamoro 2013, Thursday: Concert of traditional Roma music

Prague, 20.5.2013 10:09, (ROMEA) The festival “Khamoro”, in other words “ The Sun” will last until the 2nd of June. Visitors will be offered along a number of accompanying events, with one of the biggest enticement of the festival which are the Roma traditional music concerts. Very well known bands from several countries of the world will perform during the Khamoro festival. The Czech formation Kale, Serbian Orchestar Saša Krstic and the fantastic Zuralia Orchestor from Romania will be introduced to the audience on Thursday, the 30th of May from 7pm at the Roxy club. You can enjoy listening to their music right now.  full story

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videoKhamoro 2013, Friday: Concert of traditional Roma music

Prague, 30.5.2013 11:10, (ROMEA) Each day of the World Roma Festival Khamoro offers rich program, from which concerts of traditional Roma music are the most popular. On Friday, 31st May, you could go to the Roxy Club to enjoy a Spanish flamenco star Macarena Ramirez, a popular Hungarian band Olah Gipsy Beats and Gypsy folk group Taborshow from Russia. An illustration of their music you could find here.  full story

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videoThree Gypsy Jazz concerts will be performed at the 15th Khamoro Festival

Praha, 13.5.2013 11:14, (ROMEA) The 15th jubilee year of the World Roma Festival Khamoro will start in the end of May in Prague. The NGO Slovo 21 and Studio Production Saga have been organizing the festival since 1999. This year Khamoro is held under the patronage of Prime Minister Petr Necas and Mayor of the City of Prague Bohuslav Svoboda.  full story

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Benefit concert in Prague for resisters of gentrification in Ostrava

Prague, 14.3.2013 15:14, (ROMEA) A benefit concert to raise money to repair building no. 8 on Přednádraží street in Ostrava will be held this Sunday 17 March at 20:00 at the Café V Lese in Prague (http://cafevlese.cz/en). The program is jam-packed.  full story

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videoRomani rappers: Avoid Czech practical primary schools

Praha, 12.2.2013 0:08, (ROMEA) "Send him to a grade school/so he can be somebody/he may be a Gypsy/but he's not dilino" ("Pošlete ho do základky, aby z něj něco bylo – i když je Cigán, tak není dilino") budding Romani hip-hop artists from Prague's Žižkov neighborhood rap in their new music video "Nebuď dilino!" (“Don't be stupid!"). The four young Romani men have broken through with their group United GipsyCrew online and a single in which they proudly declare their Romani origin.  full story

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Slovakia: Košice is the European Capital of Culture 2013

Košice, Slovakia, 1.2.2013 13:08, (ROMEA) Košice is, after Bratislava, the second biggest city in Slovakia. It is not really that popular in terms of tourism but this is about to change. Košice is, together with Marseille, the European Capital of Culture 2013. Part of Košice’s culture should also be defined by the Romany culture as about 5.000 Roma are living in this city.  full story

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Interview with Romani composer Roger Moreno Rathgeb

Prague, 26.12.2012 23:31, (Romano vod'i) Roger Moreno Rathgeb is, like many Romani musicians, self-taught, but he gradually began to use musical notation and to compose. Several years ago he decided to compose a requiem for the victims of the Auschwitz extermination camp, but his work was interrupted by a visit there which strongly impacted him and blocked his creative capabilities for several years. The impulse to complete the work came in the form of a request from Albert Siebelink, who suggested presenting the "Requiem for Auschwitz" at the International Gipsy Festival in Tilburg and then in other European cities.  full story

Giving the gadje what they want: NatGeo’s “American Gypsies”

New York, 23.7.2012 16:05, (ROMEA) The National Geographic channel is currently running a program called American Outliers which is being promoted as a documentary series about subcultures in the United States. The series features groups like the Amish, the Roma (or Gypsies), religious groups who believe in the imminence of the Apocalypse, etc. The first installment of the nine-episode American Gypsies series aired on Tuesday 17 July and was as disappointingly trashy as its advertising.  full story

The 14th year of the world Roma festival Khamoro is heading to the Czech capital

Prague, 21.5.2012 16:58, (ROMEA) The fourteenth year of the World Roma Festival KHAMORO will offer not only concerts of traditional and contemporary Roma music, but also a fashion show by famous designer Osmany Laffita, a theater performance by the National Theatre, a two-day expert seminar on intolerance towards Roma and an exhibition of traditional Roma crafts. Slovo 21 NGO and Studio Production Saga have been in charge of the festival organization since 1999.  full story

Hindus ask Madonna to highlight Gypsy apartheid issue during her Europe tour

USA, 8.2.2012 11:15, (ROMEA) Hindus have asked entertainer Madonna, who was reportedly booed and jeered by thousands of fans in Romania in 2009 when she sympathized with Roma (Gypsy) people, to take up their cause during her upcoming Europe tour.  full story

"Cigán" ("Gypsy") wins four prizes during Karlovy Vary film festival

Karlovy Vary, 10.7.2011 16:21, (ROMEA) The Czech-Slovak film "Cigán" ("Gypsy") by director Martin Šulík has won the Special Jury Award at the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary, which includes a prize of USD 20 000. Ján Mižigár, who played the main role, was also awarded special recognition. The film also won two awards from unofficial juries: The International Federation of Film Societies (FICC) called it the best film and awarded it the Don Quijote Prize, while the Europa Cinemas Label association also gave it a best film award.  full story

World premiere of Czech-Slovak film "Cigán" ("Gypsy") at Karlovy Vary film festival, then Toronto

Karlovy Vary, 6.7.2011 17:10, (ROMEA) Speaking at a press conference yesterday at the Karlovy Vary film festival, Slovak director Martin Šulík said his film "Cigán" ("Gypsy") is his most personal work. The film had its world premiere as part of the festival's main competition. Šulík says the image Slovak people have of Romani people is very distorted and incomplete and that his film wants to show what life is really like in the Romani settlements.  full story

Interview with Roma author Veijo Baltzar: "I grew up in misery, but with respect"

Brno, 2.6.2011 0:16, (ROMEA) Veijo Baltzar (*1942, Kuopio, Finland) is a Roma author living in Finland. He has written eight novels, more than 10 plays, and award-winning film and television screenplays. He is a pedagogue, a poet, a visual artist, a theater director and a theoretician of drama and new pedagogy. His first novel, Polttava tie (The Burning Road, 1968) was the first by a member of the Roma community through which Finnish society was able to view the world of the Roma community. In 1976 he founded the Roma theater company Drom and in 2002 he helped to found the International Roma Writers Association (IRWA), which brings together roughly 30 Roma authors from around Europe and of which he is the president. He most recent novel, called In Love and War (2008), describes the dramatic fate of a Roma clan in Nazi Germany.  full story

13th World Roma Festival KHAMORO opens in Prague 22 May

Prague, 7.5.2011 14:09, (ROMEA) If you would like to experience a week-long marathon of Roma culture, then come to the 13th annual World Roma Festival KHAMORO, which takes place during the week of 22. 5. – 28. 5. 2011 in Prague. The festival, held this year under the auspices of Czech PM Petr Nečas and the Mayor of Prague, Bohuslav Svoboda, has been held in the Czech capital since 1999. Over the years it has been supported by many leading public figures, such as Václav Havel. KHAMORO is organized by the Slovo 21 civic association and Studio Production Saga.  full story

Houdek's portraits of Roma authors open in Prague

Prague, 19.4.2011 13:36, (ROMEA) During the opening of "Lačho lav sar maro/Dobré slov je jako chleba" ("Good Words Are Like Bread"), an exhibition of photographs of Roma authors taken by Lukáš Houdek, we heard Petr, a sculptor and habitué of Prague's Jericho café, make the following confession after a few glasses of red wine: "I stole it, or rather, I borrowed it. I wanted to return it today, but I haven't finished it yet."  full story

Singer Lisa Stansfield documents her travels with the Roma community

England, 30.11.2010 12:04, (ROMEA) British singer and songwriter, Lisa Stansfield has recalled her experiences with the Roma community in Tribune Magazine (London).  full story

New website for Gypsy youth in Wales

Wales, 15.11.2010 9:32, (ROMEA) A new website dedicated to showcasing the work of young Gypsies in Wales has been launched, the BBC has reported.  full story

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