On December 9, 2021, at 18:00 – 20:00 CET, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) held its IV General Assembly meeting, which took place in a hybrid form – physically in ERIAC Serbia and REF offices and online via ZOOM.
For this meeting, all ERIAC statutory bodies, including ERIAC Board members, ERIAC Barvalipe Academy members, ERIAC associate members, and the ERIAC staff came together.
Before the official start of the General Assembly, the members were invited to a guided tour through the “Romani Chib” exhibition to ERIAC Serbia space. Then, the meeting continued to the conference room of the Roma Education Fund (REF) space.
Executive Director of ERIAC, Timea Junghaus opened the assembly pointing out the importance of respecting the Covid-19 Pandemic measurements and gathering together the ERIAC statutory bodies (offline and online). Chair of the ERIAC Board, Zeljko Jovanović continued the welcoming speech by mentioning the growth of the ERIAC community following the annual call for members to 235 members. The ERIAC community includes brilliant scholars, talented artists, and cultural producers of all genres of the arts, as well as important organizations doing groundbreaking work promoting Roma culture and history. We are equally proud to have among us committed non-Roma allies, who are contributing to the fight for the dignity and respect of Roma.
The main objectives of the General Assembly that were discussed during the meeting were the following: