ERIAC Program

Projects, initiatives,
arts and culture events
of ERIAC

ALBANIA’S ROMA CULTURAL HERITAGE

ERIAC CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS NETWORK INITIATIVE PROGRAM
26-27 November 2018
Tirana, Albania

 

 

 

In the framework of the ERIAC Cultural Institution Network Initiative (CINI) an event was held on 26 and 27 November 2018, at the National Museum of History in Tirana.

 

 

 

The two-day event, entitled “Albania’s Roma Cultural Heritage,” was organised by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in partnership with the Institute of Romani Culture in Albania (IRCA), the Albanian Prime Minister´s Office and the Ministry of Culture.

 

The event aimed to provide visibility to Romani artists in the country and to initiate a dialogue about the importance of institutional preservation of Romani cultural heritage. It also presented the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution of Roma artists to Albanian artistic and cultural scenes and to invite decision makers, institutions, and cultural actors to discuss and develop future prospects for talented Romani individuals in the country.

 


The event opened on the first day with an exhibition of Romani artists centered around “The Nest”, an installation by Tirana-based Roma visual artist Sead Kazanxhiu. “The Nest” symbolizes that Roma communities, including their artistic and cultural heritage, are integral and enriching parts of Albania’s past, present, and future. Dr. Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, the Deputy Director of European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, H.E. Susanne Schütz, the German Ambassador to Albania, Ms. Eleni Laperi, an art curator and scholar, as well as Sead Kazanxhiu, an artist, made introductory remarks.

 

 

Following the exhibition, the participants were invited to visit the Roma Monument, designed by Sead Kazanxhiu, which is located in front of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection premises. The attendees were welcomed by Ms. Adrijana Jaku, the Vice-Minister of Health and Social Protection.

 

 


On the second day, a conference on “Celebrating the European Identity and Culture of Roma in Albania” took place. The opening remarks were delivered by Dr. Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka of ERIAC, Ms. Senida Mesi, the Deputy Prime Minister of Albania, H.E. Susanne Schütz, the German Ambassador to Albania, Ms. Mirela Kumbaro, the Minister of Culture of Albania and Mr. Olsi Dekovi of the Council of Europe Tirana Office.

 

Three sessions ensued. The first featured distinguished keynote speakers: Mr. Dorian Koci, the Director of the National Historical Museum, Mr. Erion Xhaibra from the Committee of National Minorities, Ms. Ina Kokedhima from the Albanian Ministry of Health and Social Protection, and Mr. Bekim Murati, the Director of the Agency for Supporting Local Self-Government of the Ministry of Interior. The speakers introduced the challenges and progress made with regard to minority law, the implementation of the Roma Action Plan, and also highlighted the recognition of Roma cultural Heritage.

 

The second part featured an exhibition by Ms. Farija Mehmeti and Mr. Bajram Mehmeti, Romani artists from Kosovo, who presented their artwork. After the presentation of the artwork, a live performance by Capitol Music Studio entertained our guests.

 

During the final part of the event, a moderated panel discussion took place featuring artists Ms. Farija Mehmeti and Mr. Sead Kazanxhiu, Ms. Manjola Veizi, the director of the Center for Roma Women Rights, and Mr. Emiliano Aliu of RomaVersitas Albania. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Bledar Taho, the director of the Institute of Romani Culture in Albania (IRCA). The panelists highlighted the Albanian Romani cultural heritage and its immense contribution to the Albanian scene, as well as strategies to promote and increase the visibility of Romani artists in the artistic mainstream and the art world. After the initial presentations, the audience was invited to ask questions and pose comments to the panelists.

 

The event concluded with an informal reception.

 

The program is part of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture’s (ERIAC) Cultural Institutions Network Initiative. The ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Current
Upcoming
Past
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 “Neglected Voices: The Global Roma Diaspora” – Harvard University conference under Honorary Patronage of ERIAC “Roma Women Weaving Europe” Exhibition Opening – ERIAC and RKI 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) ERIAC Barvalipe Academy Holds its First Meeting in Belgrade ERIAC General Assembly Appoints Eight New Members to the Barvalipe Academy The FUEN Non-Kin-State Working Group Visits ERIAC Albania’s Roma Cultural Heritage Event, Tirana (ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program) Arts, Culture, Remembrance: A Croatian Delegation Visits ERIAC Stiftung EVZ´s Latscho Diwes Programme Visits ERIAC The Shutka Lessons Event, Skopje (ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program)  Nicolae Gheorghe Memorial Event at ERIAC Exhibition Opening: “Gypsyism Balkanism- Uniting Peripheries” by Sead Kazanxhiu and Selma Selman Presenting the FUTUROMA Curatorial Plan for the 58th Venice Contemporary Art Biennale The Roma Pedagogy for Reconciliation Event, Zagreb (ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program) ERIAC Visits the Tomi Ungerer Museum, Strasbourg ERIAC Attends the 16th CAHROM Meeting, Strasbourg “Against the Grain” – Arbeit und Leben Visit ERIAC ERIAC Attends the 12th European Platform for Roma Inclusion Call for a Curator for the Roma Exhibition at the 58th Venice Contemporary Art Biennale Hungarian Civil Society Association Cselekvö közösség Visits ERIAC OSF Youth Community Fellows Visit ERIAC “Re-Inventing Roma Inclusion” Symposium and “SUKAR” Exhibition During the UN General Assembly, New York A Delegation of the Norwegian Ministry for Local Government and Modernisation Visits ERIAC Visit to ERIAC by Ms. Katherine Watson of the European Cultural Foundation (ECF) The Trust for Mutual Understanding (TMU) Visits ERIAC ERIAC Cultural Institutions Network Initiative Program FOREST: An Exhibition on the Narratability of Roma Trauma ERIAC Participates in a Discussion at the Bundestag Regarding Holocaust Commemoration Practices OSCE PA Seminar, “Addressing Potential Ethnic Conflicts Through Law and Good Practices” Romani Identities and Antigypsyism – CEU Summer School 2018 Endangered Heritage/ Endangered Values: Debate at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy Council of Europe Secretary General Signs Memorandum of Understanding with the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture European Cultural Heritage Summit 2018, “Preserving and Promoting Roma Cultural Heritage” The Power of Protest: Discussion at BOZAR ERIAC Associate Membership Opening and Barvalipe Academy Announcements Dr. Bernd Fabritius Visits ERIAC Roma Spring: Art as Resistance Resilient Cultural Heritage and Communities in Europe (REACH) Conference 2018 ERIAC Participates in the ASN Convention at Columbia University New Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Dunja Mijatović, Visits ERIAC A Roma Poem That Should Be Read This Month U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kent Logsdon Visits ERIAC Hidden Roma Masterpieces Exhibition Evening Gala at the Maxim Gorki Theatre: Outreach Grand Finale Visions for a New Humanity: Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak and Roma Feminist Scholars Contemplate the Future Roma: Contributions to the Development of the Romanian State European Roots of Roma Arts and Culture – Future Perspective of Roma and Sinti Minority in Italy Reception Hosted by Roma Integration 2020 and ERIAC for Governmental Officials “SAR DIČHOLA ROMAŇI KULTURA DUREDER – The Future of Romani Culture” The Future of Roma Cultural Heritage The Future of Roma History: Remembrance, Historical Justice and the Role of Roma Youth Déjame que te cuente / Allow me to explain Visit of Minister of State for Europe Michael Roth Transgressing the Past, Shaping the Future Decolonizing the North: Royal Institute of Art & Konsthall C, Stockholm ERIAC International Cultural Outreach Program ERIAC Conceptualizes and Contributes to the Symposium “Collecting, Curating and Presenting Roma” Roma Art Label Exhibition The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Launches in Berlin