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ERIAC Program

Projects, initiatives,
arts and culture events
of ERIAC

Roma Cultural History Initiative

May – December 2020

 

ERIAC continues its international outreach activities with the “Roma Cultural History Initiative” (RCHI), financed by the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). The Roma Cultural History Initiative continues previous ERIAC international programs which aim at bringing ERIAC cultural programming to diverse audiences in places outside of ERIAC’s headquarters in Berlin.

 

Given the uncertainties created by the global Covid-19 pandemic, RCHI includes ambitious activities which can be developed disregarding of possible travel restrictions and social distancing regulations in different countries in Europe.

 

Romani Language Reform

Through this initiative ERIAC and its partners continue the international work on the development of the Romani language, bringing together international experts with proven experience in the field for continuing the cooperation at international level and setting up common strategies and standards, but also develop teaching materials in Romani based on the Curriculum Framework for Romani and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages developed by the Council of Europe.

 

We have in progress the following activities:

  • Creating the database with Romani language teachers, translators and interpreters – we have launched a call and invited language specialists to apply to be part of our database.
  • Setting-up a network of international Romani language schools – we are in contact with professors from different universities from Europe that organize independent courses, within the University of Bucharest, Sorbonne University from Paris, Charles University from Prague, Pécs University from Hungary, Novi Sad University in Serbia or with those that have university programs: at the universities of Graz (Austria), Manchester (England) and Helsinki (Finland).
  • Organizing the International Conference for Romani Language on 15th October 2020 – the conference aims to bring together the most relevant experts and practitioners of Romani, language experts, educators and academics who engage with linguistics research, development of teaching materials. Starting from the fact that Romani language heritage is at risk we will create an International Romani language Council having as main aim to support the development of the Romani language at international level, by promoting the recognition, preservation, development and cultural – political unity of the Romani language.
  • Developing the printed and electronic format of Romani language textbook – level A1 for adults. For writing/ producing the textbook ERIAC has selected a team made out of: three authors – the best professional teachers of Romani in Europe, being also native speakers of Romani, a methodologist, a photographer and an illustrator. The text book will be written in the common Romani (general Romani) and before being published, it will be reviewed by five Romani language specialists, speakers of different Romani dialects. The A1 textbook will be published in November 30, 2020.

Barvalipe Roma Online University

Bavarlipe Roma Online University is an online educational platform where Roma and non-Roma can access authoritative knowledge about the Roma identity(ies), history(ies) and culture(s) thorough a collection of high-quality lectures delivered by leading Roma scholars on topics ranging from the Roma Holocaust to Roma cultural productions.

 

The first course of the Barvalipe Roma Online University will launch on September 1, 2020. The inaugural course, “Introduction to Roma Cultural History,” begins with the history of Romani arrival in Europe, traces Romani cultural, social, and political presence in Europe and ends with a reflection on the importance of contemporary Romani knowledge production. The course consists of 15 lectures delivered by renowned scholars. Together they comprise a complete curriculum of Roma Cultural History that proposes a canon and acts as a reference for Roma cultural history. Each week starting September 1st we will launch a new lecture that will be live-streamed on Facebook. Following each lecture premiere, we will moderate a discussion with the lecturer and invited guests in which the audience will also have a chance to ask questions.

 

 

 

 

RomaMoMa

The transnational, collaborative and discursive art project RomaMoMa – the Digital Roma Museum calls Roma and non-Roma art experts to imagine, discuss and present the possible forms of a Roma museum of modern and contemporary art. Due to the uncertainties created by the global Covid-19 pandemic, RomaMoMa has temporarily developed as a digital blog, soon to be found on ERIAC´s official website, on which virtual contributions can be made.

 

The online contributions will enrich ERIAC´s RomaMoMA digital platform in the form of critical reviews about a potential / imagined Roma museum by star curators and artists. The project team aims to publish a total of 16 items on the blog in the time-period August – December 2020, both in form of texts and of video-interviews. The current RomaMoMA digital blog, set within the frame of the outreach program RCHI ending in December 2020, aims to function as a starting point for a long lasting, well established RomaMoMA initiative.

 

RomaMoMA is a transnational, collaborative and discursive art project of the European Roma Institute of Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and OFF-Biennale Budapest. It is a platform to envision and discuss the possible forms of a Roma museum of modern and contemporary art that will spread in time and space through a series of exhibitions, discussions, and art projects.

 

The aim is to create a platform where ideas on the necessity and possible roles of a transnational museum of Roma contemporary art can be exchanged, and to come up with a collective proposal for the institution of such a museum. Finally, the long-term goal of RomaMoMa is to form an Alliance of Institutions for European Roma Cultural Inclusion to conduct a policy change. Find the RomaMoMa Manifesto for the Alliance of Institutions for the European Roma Cultural Inclusion here.

 

For updates on #RomaMoMa you can follow ERIAC’s instagram account.

 

 

Identity Packages

Identity packages is a project to strengthen the Roma movement – proposing some very practical ways (and items) that can reinforce the Roma movement, connecting political and cultural movements. In this way, ERIAC can provide support to the local networks and build stronger movement identity across countries and local struggles. As part of the “identity packages” we suggest to produce items and merchandise that will reinforce and brand our collective efforts to raise awareness on the Roma issues in Europe.

 

As a first step ERIAC initiated “Roma remember”, the joint international campaign for Roma and Sinti Holocaust remembrance. It was of utmost importance to be united in the campaign as Roma in most countries lack physical memorials commemorating victims of the Roma Holocaust. This is why, ERIAC together with the entire Mahala Network has made interventions in public spaces as symbolic temporary memorials, to raise awareness about Roma history.

 

ERIAC published a detailed description of the international communication campaign and on August 3, 2020 held an public webinar “Commemorating the victims, remembering the heroes.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current
Upcoming
Past
Roma Cultural History Initiative – updates Webinar: “Commemorating the Victims, Remembering the Heroes” #RomaRemember: Joint International Campaign for Roma and Sinti Holocaust Remembrance 2020 OPEN CALL: ROMANI LANGUAGE BOOK ILLUSTRATOR HAJDE TE KHELAS – ERIAC Dance Contest Open Call: Romani Language Teachers, Translators, Interpreters RESULTS OF THE ERIAC ARTS AND CULTURE INNOVATION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED! Online Video Series – Katitzi Exhibition ERIAC ARTS AND CULTURE INNOVATION PROGRAM – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! “Stay at home & Make Music” Online Family Music Competition Became a Member of ERIAC – 3rd call for members is open! International Roma Day Online: Roma Couch Festival Performing the Museum – Online Exhibition ERIAC Questionnaire on COVID-19 impact on Roma arts and culture ERIAC hosts an Extraordinary General Assembly to assess the impact of Covid-19 on Roma arts and culture PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 OUTBREAK FUTUROMA exhibition opens in Villa Romana in Florence (29. April) Diaspora Europe: “Opferkonkurrenz, Opferallianz?” (1. March) Diaspora Europe: Event series of ERIAC and Volksbühne Berlin 2020 “Who is afraid of identity politics?” ERIAC joins the discussion at the CEU TMU Delegation visits ERIAC ERIAC is awarded a grant from the European Cultural Foundation Alina Serban – winner of the 1st Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize TAJSA PRIZE CEREMONY AND DORANTES CONCERT Barvalipe Academy holds its second meeting in Berlin ERIAC IMPACT – public presentation of the ERIAC achievements and plans ERIAC celebrates its second General Assembly in Berlin Finalists of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2019 announced! Roma Tangible Heritage Symposium – Stockholm Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić visited ERIAC KATITZI – A LITERARY CHARACTER ROOTED IN REALITY CHROMA – THE FUTURE IS ROMA – WE PASS THE MIC TO EUROPE ERIAC at the Timisoara Biennale ERIAC at the International Seminar on Countering Distortion and Protecting the Civil and Human Rights of Roma TAJSA PRIZE 2019 Teachers from the Academy of Anti-Discrimination Education visit ERIAC ERIAC Promoted the FUTUROMA Pavilion in Venice ECF PRINCESS MARGARITA AWARD ERIAC joins EC consultations about the future of Roma policies for Roma Dr. Michael Groß, Consul General of Germany in Krakow, visits ERIAC ERIAC’s Roma Tangible Heritage Network ERIAC joins panel discussion about Roma Holocaust Remembrance at the POLIN Museum (RE)CONCEPTUALIZING ROMA RESISTANCE TEARS OF GOLD/ SOWNAKUNE JASFA International Conference “IS ‘AUSCHWITZ ONLY SLEEPING’? SINTI AND ROMA NARRATIVES AFTER THE HOLOCAUST” Schoolclash visiting ERIAC’s Exhibition “Roma Women Weaving Europe” on its last Week ERIAC contributes to the CEU Summer School “Romani Identities and Antigypsyism” 2019 Florin Nasture and Miguel Angel Vargas appointed as new members of the ERIAC Barvalipe Academy Sead Kazanxhiu appointed as the new member of ERIAC Pakiv Board ERIAC contributes to the report on the future of the EU Roma Strategy ERIAC presents Gorki’s “Roma Armee” in Bucharest Two Paid Internship Positions open at ERIAC for CEU Romani Studies Program Alumni ERIAC and Villa Romana welcomes applications for 2-months Artist Residency in Florence Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director General at DG NEAR visits ERIAC A Feminist Reading of Roma Political Movement: A conversation with Roma women activists, scholars and artists Filiz Polat and Erhard Grundl, Bundestag MPs (Greens), visit ERIAC ERIAC hosts a group of high-school students from Lycée Jacques Amyot in Melun, France OPENING OF FUTUROMA Exhibition at the 58 La Biennale di Venezia ERIAC at the 2019 ASN World Convention at Columbia University in New York Timea Junghaus, art historian, executive director of ERIAC is lecturer/panelist in the C-Map Symposium of MOMA, New York ERIAC welcomes U.S. Ambassador Grenell “THE BEST CHILD IN THE WORLD” – A PERFORMANCE BY ALINA SERBAN TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL ROMA DAY Second call for ERIAC associate members is open! “Neglected Voices: The Global Roma Diaspora” – Harvard University conference under Honorary Patronage of ERIAC “Roma Women Weaving Europe” Exhibition Opening – ERIAC and RKI ERIAC Hosts CAHROM Members During Thematic Visit to Germany Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks about ERIAC in the Bundestag Transgenerational Knowledge Transfer Symposium, Belgrade (ERIAC CINI) ERIAC Barvalipe Academy Holds its First Meeting in Belgrade ERIAC General Assembly Appoints Eight New Members to the Barvalipe Academy The FUEN Non-Kin-State Working Group Visits ERIAC Albania’s Roma Cultural Heritage Event, Tirana (ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program) Arts, Culture, Remembrance: A Croatian Delegation Visits ERIAC Stiftung EVZ´s Latscho Diwes Programme Visits ERIAC The Shutka Lessons Event, Skopje (ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program)  Nicolae Gheorghe Memorial Event at ERIAC Exhibition Opening: “Gypsyism Balkanism- Uniting Peripheries” by Sead Kazanxhiu and Selma Selman Presenting the FUTUROMA Curatorial Plan for the 58th Venice Contemporary Art Biennale The Roma Pedagogy for Reconciliation Event, Zagreb (ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program) ERIAC Visits the Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg ERIAC Attends the 16th CAHROM Meeting, Strasbourg “Against the Grain” – Arbeit und Leben Visit ERIAC ERIAC Attends the 12th European Platform for Roma Inclusion Call for a Curator for the Roma Exhibition at the 58th Venice Contemporary Art Biennale Hungarian Civil Society Association Cselekvö közösség Visits ERIAC OSF Youth Community Fellows Visit ERIAC “Re-Inventing Roma Inclusion” Symposium and “SUKAR” Exhibition During the UN General Assembly, New York A Delegation of the Norwegian Ministry for Local Government and Modernisation Visits ERIAC Visit to ERIAC by Ms. Katherine Watson of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) The Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) Visits ERIAC ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program FOREST: An Exhibition on the Narratability of Roma Trauma ERIAC Participates in a Discussion at the Bundestag Regarding Holocaust Commemoration Practices OSCE PA Seminar, “Addressing Potential Ethnic Conflicts Through Law and Good Practices” Romani Identities and Antigypsyism – CEU Summer School 2018 Endangered Heritage/ Endangered Values: Debate at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Council of Europe Secretary General Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018, “Preserving and Promoting Roma Cultural Heritage” The Power of Protest: Discussion at BOZAR