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Opening program


the Roma Exhibition at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia

curated by Daniel Baker

commissioned by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC)


May 10, 2019, 16.00 – 22.00


 16.00 – 18.30


In honour of Roma participation at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia


Palazzo Cavalli Franchetti

S. Marco, 2847, 30124 Venice, Italy

Arrival of guests

Welcome drinks and finger food

Performance by Delaine Le Bas and Mihaela Dragan

Romani anthem “Gelem Gelem” performed by the Alexian Group


Welcome address:

 Zeljko Jovanovic, Chairman of the ERIAC Board and Director, Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Office

Gherardo Ortalli, President, Instituto Veneto

Ermelinda Damiano, President, Venice Town Hall Council

Performance by Santino Spinelli and Dijana Pavlovic – poetry and music


Opening remarks:

Heiko Maas, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Germany

Snezana Samardzić-Marković, Director General of Democracy, Council of Europe

Music by Dorantes

Patrick Gaspard, President, Open Society Foundations

Timea Junghaus, Executive Director, European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture



Music by Dorantes


18:30 – 19:00


Famous Roma poet and musician Santino Spinelli will lead the guests into the Future! With the honorary presence of “The Romani Embassy” embodied by artist Delaine Le Bas, the guests will take a 10-minute walk to the exhibition venue at Dorsoduro to discover FUTUROMA. Symbolic accessories developed by the artists will be distributed to the participants.


19.00 – 22:00



Fondamenta Zattere Allo Spirito Santo, 417

30123 Venezia VE, Italy

Presentation, Daniel Baker, curator

Moritz Pankok, director, Kai Dikhas Contemporary Arts Gallery

Performative lecture by professor Ethel Brooks, Feminist scholar, Rutgers University

Rashida Bumbray, curator and choreographer

Visit of the exhibition, collection of testimonies in the FUTUROMA book

After-party with DJ Laszlo Farkas ‘Gypsyrobot’

The Roma presence at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia is only possible with the support of: the Federal Foreign Office Germany, Council of Europe Venice Office, Open Society Foundations, Max Kohler Stiftung, UNAR (L’Ufficio Nazionale Antidiscriminazioni Razziali), Stiftung Kommunikationsaufbau and Michael Schmidt Foundation.

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