The Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize was launched in 2019 by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).


Embodying the ERIAC founding principles, the Tajsa Prize honors a Roma individual who – by drawing from Roma cultural heritage – enriches the Roma arts and culture scene as well as shapes and reinvents forms of Roma cultural expressions for the next generation. The prize awards an outstanding Roma creative as one of the leading voices of the Roma cultural movement today.

The Tajsa Prize is entirely sponsored by ERIAC Associate Members through their membership fees. This allows for the unique re-distribution of those contributions back to the community by supporting the development and growth of an exceptional Roma professional in the field of arts and culture. The prize is designed by leading Roma artist Robert Gabris and consists of an endowment of 5.000 Euros.

The nominations for this year’s Tajsa Prize were submitted by the ERIAC community consisting of over 230 individual and institutional members. The jury of the Tajsa Prize consists of the ERIAC Barvalipe Academy composed of 15 influential and internationally acclaimed Roma arts and culture experts from across the globe. They have selected five finalists competing for this special honor.

This year, the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2021 will take place at the National Theatre in Belgrade on December 10 2021 at 19.00 (CET).

The evening program of the Tajsa Prize Ceremony is organized as a concluding event of the “International Membership Engagement Initiative” project, financed by the Federal Foreign Office, Germany. The event will count with the presence of entire ERIAC community – ERIAC associate members, participants of the ERIAC General Assembly – as well as international diplomatic and political supporters and allies. The Ceremony will feature a selection of world-renowned Roma musicians, including Pretty Loud, all-female Serbian-Roma band, Danijel and Darko Piller, winners of the word music award Onet le Château, Nataša Tasić Knežević, world-class soprano, Sandro Roy & Landsberger Trio, international Jazz virtuosos and Riah Knight, Jazz singer and singers Silvija Nesić and Aleksandra Aleksandrović.

The event will be streamed live on ERIAC website and social media.


***The Tajsa Prize Ceremony 2021 is part of ERIAC’s International Membership Engagement Initiative financed by the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO). The Ceremony is hosted with the support of the Open Society Foundations Serbia, the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma in Heidelbergand and the National Theatre in Belgrade.


Watch here the full ceremony


Speeches in English:

Gordana Predić, Special AdvisGordana Predić, Special Adviser, Ministry of Culture and Informations

Zeljko Jovanovic, Director Open Society Roma Initiatives Office

Sonja Licht, Chair of the Roma Programs Advisory Board of the Open Society Foundations


Find the booklet with the program of the event here below:




Please note that the event will be organized with careful attention to COVID-19 safety and social distancing regulations. Fully vaccinated or recovered participants will be allowed to enter only, who can present a valid vaccination or recovery certificate (last dose no later than 7 months).


Read about this year’s Tajsa Prize Finalists in Romani, English and Serbian: