Nicolae Gheorghe († 2013), the founder of the Roma Movement in Romania and one of the most influential Roma public intellectuals, was born on the 12th of November 1946. To honour his contribution and to memorize his ideas the Pakiv European Roma Fund endorsed by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture held the “Nicolae Gheorghe Memorial Event” on 12th of November 2018, at the premises of ERIAC in Berlin.
As a sign of the exquisite appreciation towards Nicolae Gheorghe´s contribution to Roma movement, ERIAC supported the remembrance of a great leader and his powerful ideas which elevated and inspired the efforts of Roma for recognition on an international level as well as in his native Romania.
The event was hosted by ERIAC and The Pakiv European Roma Fund was organized in the framework of the “Nicolae Gheorghe Memorial Days in Berlin”. The objective of the program was to memorize Nicolae Gheorghe through inspiriting youth to reflect on their identity and to become leaders and activists. Roma youth had the opportunity to participate in movie screenings and debates, visits Roma Holocaust Memorial, German parliament-Bundestag and ERIAC.
At ERIAC, the group had the opportunity to present their research on Nicolae Gheorghe´s work, life, activism, impact as well as engage in a discussion about the Roma identity. As part of the program, the group had the opportunity to be introduced to ERIAC’s mission, vision and activities. The participants were also given a guided tour of the new ERIAC exhibition “Gypsyism Balkanism-Uniting peripheries “. The event ended with movie screening on Nicolae Gheorghe´s life, followed up by a discussion on topic of challenges pertaining to the Roma recognition and acceptance.