Zita Moldovan, the winner of the 2nd TAJSA Roma Cultural Heritage Prize in 2021

Zita Moldovan, the winner of the 2nd Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize in 2021


We are pleased to announce that Zita Moldovan – Roma actress, journalist, and host for more than 15 years of the Roma TV show – was revealed as the winner of the first edition of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize!


The winner was announced on December 10, 2021, during the Tajsa Prize 2021 at the National Theatre of Belgrade.


The Jury’s rationale for choosing the winner was:

  • That the ERIAC founding principles shall guide the process of pre-selection.
  •  The winner shall represent the highest quality of cultural production with an international impact.
  • We seek to demonstrate commitment to the Roma cause: to cultural rights, human rights, and against anti-gypsyism.
  • The art and activism of the winner shall have real transformative potential in the wider European society.

Zita Moldovan is one of the most well-known Roma actresses in Romania, a journalist and host for more than 15 years of the Roma TV show –” From the Life of the Roma”. She co-founded the first Roma theatre in Romania – Giuvlipen Theatre Company, for which she is an actress. Giuvlipen’s performances have feminist and antiracist rhetoric and bring to life the issues of early marriage, anti-gypsyism, hate speech, hyper-sexualization, evictions, and heteronormativity to promote discussion and critical thinking in our society. Together with her colleagues from Giuvlipen, Zita is lobbying for the founding of a state Roma theatre in Romania. She is also a fashion designer creating collections inspired by the cultural heritage of traditional clothing of the Roma community.


Watch Zita Moldovan’s compelling speech at the ERIAC Tajsa Prize Ceremony.