Since its launch in 2021, the Proud Roma, Free Europe (PRFE) transnational campaign has been raising the voices of Europe’s forgotten nation – the Romani people. In an effort to counteract the processes of exclusion, silencing, and misrepresentation faced by Roma, we are building a movement to inspire Romani pride and encourage public declarations of Roma identity. Using the power of social media, together with the reach of grassroots organisations and the pride of individual community members, the PRFE movement hopes to amplify Roma voices and demonstrate the power, richness and unity of the transnational Roma community.
The short films ‘Proud Roma‘ and ‘Hurjasa‘ do just that. The films stand at the heart of the PRFE mission and speak powerfully about Roma identity, history and culture. By articulating the pride of a nation that, even without a state, still stands today, the films honour the struggles of our ancestors and inspire, in many, hopes for a better future.
To further expand the reach of their message, we are happy to re-release ‘Proud Roma’ and ‘Hurjasa’ online with Serbian subtitles, on 29 and 30 September, respectively, at 19:00 CET.
Inspired by the 1940 film ‘The Great Dictator’ – starring Charlie Chaplin, who unbeknownst to many was of Roma origin – ‘Proud Roma’ reflects the richness and diversity of the Roma nation. The film challenges dominant historical narratives and negative stereotypes of Roma while recalling the many cultural and historical contributions Roma have made to Europe. The movie also challenges the victimization of Roma throughout the centuries and offers a bold and courageous manifesto of Roma love and dignity. Written and directed by award-winning Spanish-Romani filmmaker Pablo Vega, the film stars Alina Serban and Tony Gabarri.
The short film ‘Hurjasa’, which means “We Will Fly”, is made entirely in the Romani language and features over 30 Roma role models from the Western Balkan region, all thriving in their respective professions and homes. The film was written, produced and directed by British Romani journalist Jake Bowers and is directly inspired by the Black American poet Maya Angelou’s civil rights anthem “Still I Rise”. Shot by award-winning British cinematographer Stuart White, the film is a beautiful cinematic portrait of Europe’s largest and most misunderstood ethnic group.
Both films will be re-released online in the framework of the Proud Roma, Free Serbia census campaign run by our local partner Opre Roma Srbija whose members and activists have worked closely with Roma communities across Serbia highlighting the importance of participating in the national census, and encouraging discussions about Roma pride and self-determination. With just a few days left until the start of the Serbian census (1-31 October), we hope the films inspire Serbian Roma to proudly declare their Roma ethnicity and find power and strength in embracing their identity.
Spread the word and watch the Serbian premieres of ‘Proud Roma’ and ‘Hurjasa’ online on 29 and 30 September 2022, 19:00 CET via the Proud Roma, Free Europe, ERIAC and Opre Roma Srbija platforms!
The Proud Roma, Free Europe campaign was launched in 2021 by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) with the support of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office (RIO), and is run in partnership with a coalition of international, national and grassroots Romani organisations to inspire Roma pride and encourage public declarations of Roma identity in the 2021-22 national censuses across Europe.
arts and culture events
26.09.2022 | Serbia
Erik Tollas, artist in residence at Villa Romana: thoughts on “a house which is a home”
ERIAC Joins Wiener Holocaust Library’s Virtual Lecture with 2022 Ernst Fraenkel Prize Winner Ari Joskowicz
Handle with Care: RomaMoMA Nomadic Library at the Ludwig Museum
4th Autostrada Biennale closing on September 9
MEET OUR #ERIACNET4EU GRANTEES!
ERIAC is Launching the Facebook Chatbot
INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL OUTREACH PROGRAM 2023
A Self-Portrait of the Roma, Without the Stereotypes – BARVALO Featured in The New York Times
Ceija Stojka: We Were Ashamed
ERIAC Grant Awards – List of FSTP Beneficiaries
Guided tour of the exhibition of M. Mirga-Tas in Brücke Museum
Diplomacy Visits at ERIAC – MEP Sabine Verheyen, Dr. Robert Klinke, UNAR Study Group
‘Rolling Film Festival’ 7th edition
Avec «Barvalo», le MuCEM compose un hymne aux cultures romani
Gypsyism, Balkanism—Through a glass, darkly V4 joins RomaMoMA
Peripheries Unite! Public Discussion & Emerging Talents. Spring Salon
Reenchantment. Małgorzata Mirga-Tas / Film-screening and talk
PODCAST: “Making the Underrepresented Knowledge of Roma and Sinti More Visible Online”
OPEN CALL | ERIAC Grant-making to Protect and Promote EU Values and Rights
Weaving Roma Cultural Heritage into the Fabric of Sustainable Development
OMARA: “You Let me Play” Exhibition Opening on April 6, Leading Up to International Roma Day
2023 Anne Hill Blanchard Uncommon Artists Series: “Life – The Art of Ceija Stojka” by Timea Junghaus
Open Call ERIAC/Villa Romana: Artist Residencies in Florence
ROMHERITAGE: Itineraries of Roma Cultural Heritage
2023 ERIAC Call for Associate Members
Decorated Farmhouses of Sweden – Artistic Residency Scholarship
ERIAC partners with ARCA and Artists at Risk to launch a residency programme for Ukrainian Roma artists
ERIAC launches the Barvalipe blog – So Nakhlo
PROUD ROMA TALENT Competition Winners Announced!
ERIAC V. General Assembly
A Parable on Europe and the Roma
In Memoriam Mustafa Asan aka RR Marki (1960-2022)
Sinti and Roma – Between Romanticizing and Othering -Performative Symposium on December 10, 2022
ERIAC exhibition: Woman to Woman. Małgorzata Mirga-Tas and Eugen Raportoru.
“Reenchantment. Małgorzata Mirga-Tas”, directed by Anna Zakrzewska, premiers today!
The World Premiere: “Reenchantment. Małgorzata Mirga-Tas” directed by Anna Zakrzewska.
DEADLINE EXTENDED: PROUD ROMA TALENT Competition
Finissage: The Abduction from the Seraglio at the 59th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia
ERIAC launches PROUD ROMA TALENT Competition
Fairytales from my Grandfather. Sami Mustafa at Manifesta 14
Manifesta 14 closes on 30 October 2022
Dariya Kanti starts her artist residency at Villa Romana, Florence
Modifying Error: 404, towards green, digital and inclusive societies- ERIAC at KotorArt Festival
Eugen Raportoru: Gelem, Gelem Samudaripen
Transcontinental Collaboration: A Concert of Sinti and Roma and American Jazz
All the Birds are Praying for our Children. Exhibition Opening.
Manifesta 14: Roma Rajni: RomaMoMA Library ft. Daniel Baker and Farija Mehmeti
ROMA PAVILION AT TRIENNALE MILANO OPENING
2022 CALL FOR ASSOCIATE MEMBERS FOR ERIAC
How to Tell Stories that Matter? ERIAC brings Manifesta 14 to Belgrade
Official Opening! The Abduction from the Seraglio, 59th Biennale di Venezia
Roma for Roma: Documenting the Oral History of Roma Refugees from Ukraine
G O S S I P S
ANNOUNCEMENT: ERIAC THEMATIC SECTION COORDINATORS SELECTED
OPENING CONFERENCE: PLURILINGUAL POLICY EXPERIMENTATION (PLE) in the context of Romania
OPEN CALL FOR APPLICATIONS REF SERBIA-ERIAC INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
CALL FOR ERIAC THEMATIC SECTION COORDINATORS
SUPPORT FOR THE ROMA PEOPLE OF UKRAINE
ERIAC BARVALIPE ACADEMY ELECTS TWO MEMBERS TO SIT ON THE ERIAC BOARD
‘PROUD ROMA’ out now!
The pride of a people as a social engine. The Proud Roma manifesto
Proud Roma. The message of love from a nation without borders
“I believe stories can change the world”
New Short Film Inspiring Pride in Roma Identity to Premiere This Month
Members appointed to the ERIAC Barvalipe Academy
IV GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN INSTITUTE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE (ERIAC) HYBRID
ERIAC launches the Barvalipe Digital Library of Critical Romani Scholarship
Finalists of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2021 announced!
Open Call: Artist Residency in Florence for Two Roma Contemporary Artists in 2022
Proud Roma Free Europe celebrates Romani Language Day
PROGRAM PODRŠKE ROMSKIM MUZIČARIMA
ERIAC and Department of Romani Studies at Södertörn University join forces to develop university courses
We are launching the second course of Barvalipe Roma Online University in 2021
Selma Selman at the Kasseler Kunstverein
International Membership Engagement Initiative 2021
Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe
RomaMoMA Nomadic Library as A Roma Contribution for Europe
ERIAC Partners Mark Annual Day of Remembrance for Roma Holocaust Victims
My feminism does not shout, but it tells stories: Małgorzata Mirga-Tas and Edis Galushi in conversation with Joanna Warsza
CALL FOR CURATOR: Collateral Event at the La Biennale di Venezia – 59th International Art Exhibition
ERIAC Serbia: “AND YOU GOD SURVIVED” – DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
ERIAC EXHIBITION: NO INNOCENT LANDSCAPE – VALÉRIE LERAY
CALENDAR OF ACTIVITIES TO COMMEMORATE AUGUST 2 – International Roma Holocaust Memorial Day
OVERVIEW ON POETRY AND LITERATURE ON ROMA HOLOCAUST
WORKING AGAINST FORGETTING – RomaMoMA
WHO WAS ANNA MARIA STEINBACH?
ROMAREMEMBER 2021 – CAMPAIGN VISUAL IDENTITY
Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe
Europe’s Roma Remember Holocaust Victims as part of the annual commemorations of August 2nd
ERIAC collaborates with Autostrada Biennale to showcase Roma contemporary arts in Kosovo
NewsSpectrum Fellowship for minority-language media opens first call for applications
OPEN CALL FOR ROMANI FILMMAKERS, DIRECTORS AND PRODUCERS!
ERIAC Serbia Internship Programme
ERIAC WELCOME ITS FIRST EUROPEAN SOLIDARITY CORPS (ESC) VOLUNTEER
ERIAC JOINS THE EUROPEAN PROJECT “WEAVE – Widen European Access to cultural communities Via Europeana”
NewsSpectrum Fellowship for minority-language media opens first call for applications
Become a Member of ERIAC – 4th call for members is open!
Conference | Roma Youth: Together for Emancipation and Empowerment
ERIAC develops visual identity for the 50th Anniversary of the First World Roma Congress
Roma Remember – Holocaust Remembrance
ERIAC in Timisoara. Bringing Roma Voices (and music) to the European Capital of Culture
impACT x Think Film Impact Production ǀ ROMA: What Happens Now?
Peripheries Unite! Public debate
BARVALO: an exhibition where Roma are shaping the narrative
Kick-off meeting launching the ERIACNET4EU 2023
Sami Mustafa: Fairy Tales that Tell Your Story, and Cultural Transmission over Space and Time
Collective Remembrance – Eugen Raportoru: Gelem, Gelem Samudaripen
ERIAC and WEAVE work for metadata curation of Roma community collections
European Anti-Racism Summit 2022
ARTromnja: a video project on Roma women artists and changemakers
Symposium: Institutions and Resistance – Alliances for Art at Risk
Chapter 23 by Kal band on Serbian National TV and Radio
The Role of Artist Residencies in the Promotion of Roma Contemporary Art
ERIAC joins the 12th meeting of the Council of Europe Dialogue with Roma and Traveller civil society
Delegation of the Council of Europe´s Advisory Committee on FCNM Visited ERIAC
‘Proud Roma in Free Slovakia’ Launched to Encourage Participation in 2021 National Census
World Music Day at ERIAC SERBIA
The Transnational Romani Resistance March video is out!
Official Opening of ERIAC Serbia
ON-LINE COURSE ON ROMANI CULTURE FOR THE STAFF OF THE INSTITUTIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Winners Caricature Competition
Announcement of Artist Residency Winners 2021 in Villa Romana, Florence
EXTRAORDINARY Meeting of the General Assembly of European Institute for Arts and Culture
WORLD ROMA CONGRESS. 50th Anniversary Exhibition
CULTURAL EVENING WITH ERIAC DURING 3RD ADI-ROM MEETING
ERIAC STRATEGY 2021-2025
III. GENERAL ASSEMBLY MEETING OF THE EUROPEAN ROMA INSTITUTE FOR ARTS AND CULTURE (ERIAC) ONLINE
Diaspora Europe Opening
Germany takes over the Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe
Critical Pedagogy, Romani Emancipation and Post-COVID Education
Open Call: Romani Language Teachers, Translators, Interpreters
Andaro Angluno Vast | First-Hand
Safeguarding our Romani Language – International Conference
Roma Cultural History Initiative – updates
Webinar: “Commemorating the Victims, Remembering the Heroes”
#RomaRemember: Joint International Campaign for Roma and Sinti Holocaust Remembrance 2020
OPEN CALL: ROMANI LANGUAGE BOOK ILLUSTRATOR
HAJDE TE KHELAS – ERIAC Dance Contest
RESULTS OF THE ERIAC ARTS AND CULTURE INNOVATION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED!
Online Video Series – Katitzi Exhibition
ERIAC ARTS AND CULTURE INNOVATION PROGRAM – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!
“Stay at home & Make Music” Online Family Music Competition
Became a Member of ERIAC – 3rd call for members is open!
International Roma Day Online: Roma Couch Festival
Performing the Museum – Online Exhibition
ERIAC Questionnaire on COVID-19 impact on Roma arts and culture
ERIAC hosts an Extraordinary General Assembly to assess the impact of Covid-19 on Roma arts and culture
PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING COVID-19 OUTBREAK
FUTUROMA exhibition opens in Villa Romana in Florence (29. April)
Diaspora Europe: Event series of ERIAC and Volksbühne Berlin 2020
“Who is afraid of identity politics?” ERIAC joins the discussion at the CEU
ERIAC is awarded a grant from the European Cultural Foundation
Alina Serban – winner of the 1st Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize
TAJSA PRIZE CEREMONY AND DORANTES CONCERT
Barvalipe Academy holds its second meeting in Berlin
ERIAC IMPACT – public presentation of the ERIAC achievements and plans
ERIAC celebrates its second General Assembly in Berlin
Finalists of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2019 announced!
Roma Tangible Heritage Symposium – Stockholm
Secretary General of the Council of Europe Marija Pejčinović Burić visited ERIAC
KATITZI – A LITERARY CHARACTER ROOTED IN REALITY
CHROMA – THE FUTURE IS ROMA – WE PASS THE MIC TO EUROPE
ERIAC at the Timisoara Biennale
ERIAC at the International Seminar on Countering Distortion and Protecting the Civil and Human Rights of Roma
TAJSA PRIZE 2019
Teachers from the Academy of Anti-Discrimination Education visit ERIAC
ERIAC Promoted the FUTUROMA Pavilion in Venice
ECF PRINCESS MARGARITA AWARD
ERIAC joins EC consultations about the future of Roma policies for Roma
Dr. Michael Groß, Consul General of Germany in Krakow, visits ERIAC
ERIAC’s Roma Tangible Heritage Network
(RE)CONCEPTUALIZING ROMA RESISTANCE
TEARS OF GOLD/ SOWNAKUNE JASFA
International Conference “IS ‘AUSCHWITZ ONLY SLEEPING’? SINTI AND ROMA NARRATIVES AFTER THE HOLOCAUST”
Schoolclash visiting ERIAC’s Exhibition “Roma Women Weaving Europe” on its last Week
ERIAC contributes to the CEU Summer School “Romani Identities and Antigypsyism” 2019
Florin Nasture and Miguel Angel Vargas appointed as new members of the ERIAC Barvalipe Academy
Sead Kazanxhiu appointed as the new member of ERIAC Pakiv Board
ERIAC contributes to the report on the future of the EU Roma Strategy
ERIAC presents Gorki’s “Roma Armee” in Bucharest
Two Paid Internship Positions open at ERIAC for CEU Romani Studies Program Alumni
ERIAC and Villa Romana welcomes applications for 2-months Artist Residency in Florence
Katarína Mathernová, Deputy Director General at DG NEAR visits ERIAC
A Feminist Reading of Roma Political Movement: A conversation with Roma women activists, scholars and artists
Filiz Polat and Erhard Grundl, Bundestag MPs (Greens), visit ERIAC
ERIAC hosts a group of high-school students from Lycée Jacques Amyot in Melun, France
OPENING OF FUTUROMA Exhibition at the 58 La Biennale di Venezia
ERIAC at the 2019 ASN World Convention at Columbia University in New York
Timea Junghaus, art historian, executive director of ERIAC is lecturer/panelist in the C-Map Symposium of MOMA, New York
ERIAC welcomes U.S. Ambassador Grenell
“THE BEST CHILD IN THE WORLD” – A PERFORMANCE BY ALINA SERBAN TO CELEBRATE THE INTERNATIONAL ROMA DAY
Second call for ERIAC associate members is open!
“Neglected Voices: The Global Roma Diaspora” – Harvard University conference under Honorary Patronage of ERIAC
ERIAC Hosts CAHROM Members During Thematic Visit to Germany
Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks about ERIAC in the Bundestag
Transgenerational Knowledge Transfer Symposium, Belgrade (ERIAC CINI)