The European Cultural Foundation awarded a grant to the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) as part of their “Democracy Needs Imagination” Action Grant. The Action Grants under the theme Democracy Needs Imagination support people who are working for European democratic values. People who are fighting for their rights as citizens, for their right to public space and personal freedoms, and for their right to creative expression.
ERIAC’s project “The European Manifesto for Roma Cultural Inclusion” invites leading majority institutions to share their infrastructure and cooperate with the Roma minority. This initiative wants to strengthen the ties between Roma and non-Roma actors within the cultural sphere, to build long-lasting cooperation, and to support the political participation of Roma through the visibility of Roma arts and culture. The manifesto disseminates the principles about the European identity built on the plurality of thoughts, histories, backgrounds and perspectives. It also invites museums to study their protocols and addresses where they appropriate Roma artefacts and heritage. The Manifesto will revisit how time, space and movement are imagined and emerge differently within minority cultures, to reinvent outdated and irrelevant museum representations in Europe.