ERIAC commemorates the victims of National Socialism with the digital festival “Diaspora Europe”


On the occasion of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of National Socialism on 27 January, ERIAC and Volksbühne invite you to a digital edition of “Diaspora Europe”. For five days, the audience will discover contemporary artistic perspectives of Roma, Sinti and Jews on Europe, its history and present time. In the form of performances and dance, concerts and discussions, the two curators Tímea Junghaus and Shelly Kupferberg present narratives of memory, localisation, questioning and visions of living together in Europe.


The festival programme is available below on demand from 27 January, 11:00 a.m. until 31 January, 10:00 p.m. Scroll down!


ERIAC and Volksbühne´s Diaspora Europe Festival invites Sinti, Roma and Jewish communities to take a stand, presenting own perspectives and narratives for Europe. The programme encapsulates diverse forms and practices developed by Jewish and Roma/Sinti public figures, scholars, artists, performers and citizens to contemplate and employ ideas to create a mutually accessible, translatable and inspirational European culture inviting active participation and engagement. The invited artists and contributors of Diaspora Europe contemplate own memories, identities, locations, opinions and reflections of living together in Europe, affirming a kaleidoscopic programme presenting a multitude of positions.


The Roma components of the Festival were curated by ERIAC in the framework of the German Presidency of the Council of Europe. Watch below the welcoming of our Executive Director and curator Timea Junghaus:




Detailed Programme of the Roma components of Diaspora Europe:


Ferenc Snétberger – Solo Guitar Improvisations

Video of the concert available for free here from 27.01.21, 11:00 am until 31.01.2021, 10:00 pm


Jazz guitarist Ferenc Snétberger is known worldwide for his extraordinary art of improvisation. His compositions range from Hungarian gypsy jazz to Spanish flamenco, from classical guitar to jazzy episodes. He has recorded numerous albums and toured Europe, as well as Japan, Korea, India and the United States. He has performed his concert for guitar and orchestra, “In Memory of My People”, with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany, and on the occasion of International Holocaust Memorial Day at UN Headquarters in New York.



Sinti_ze Jazz with Riah Knight, Rosenberg Trio, Sandro Roy & Jermaine Landsberger Trio feat. Giovanni Weiss, Lauenberger Quartett feat. TAYO

Video of the concert available for free here from 27.01.21, 11:00 am until 31.01.2021, 10:00 pm


Sinti_ze Jazz is a selection of the “bests” of Sinti Jazz. The concert series brings together the leading musicians mixing contemporary and traditional sounds from diverse Roma/Sinti communities. The Berlin-based jazz quartet, Janko Lauenberger, interprets pieces by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the spirit of the 1930s era. The Sandro Roy Quintet, with Jermaine Landsberger and Giovanni Weiss, performs a unique combination of classical and jazz with traditional gypsy sounds. The young, female virtuosos of Berlin’s Roma, vocal jazz scene, UK-born Riah Knight, and the German-Nigerian Afro-Sinti, Tayo Awosusi-Onutor, are also joining the evening programme.



Sinti_ze Jazz Special with The Rosenberg Trio

Video of the concert available for free here from 27.01.21, 11:00 am until 31.01.2021, 10:00 pm


Guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, with his Rosenberg Trio, is an icon of Gypsy Jazz. For over 25 years, the trio has displayed their skills at the most important jazz festivals and in the most renowned concert halls of the world. In 2017, Stochelo Rosenberg recorded the famous soundtrack for the Berlinale opening film, “Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend”.