European Roma Institute to be established

eri 350George Soros, founder of the Open Society Foundations, and Thorbjørn Jagland, secretary-general of the Council of Europe, anounced on March 26 that they have agreed on establishing a "European Roma Institute".

Writing on the "European Voice", Soros and Jagland declared that the Europe's first Roma intitute will be founded by the Open Society, Council of Europe and the Alliance for the European Roma Institute, a new organization bringing together already existing Romani groups from different countries including Germany and Romania.

In their article,titled "Why we are setting up a European Roma Institute", Soros and Jagland say, "For more than four decades Europe’s Roma community have wanted to establish an institution that would give their music, art and unique traditions their own stage. Across the continent, such bodies exist to celebrate an array of cultures, nationalities and identities. Yet, there is nothing of this kind for Roma. Many feel this absence, particularly among Romani campaigners, educators and intellectuals. It compounds a sense of exclusion and denies all of us the opportunity to celebrate the Roma influence on our shared cultural life. We are joining forces to help put this right."

The Institute will be a hub for events, educational and research activities, creating an exhange that may help overcome the stereotypes. It will also connect Europe's Roma communities and serve as a policy advisor to Council of Europe.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Related Posts

Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture

09/10/2011

Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture"Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab culture through the eyes of contemporary artists" is an exhibition taking place at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece) between September - January 2011.

Rencontres //03, Marseilles

03/05/2011

Rencontres //03,  MarseillesThe 3rd Edition of Rencontres will take place from the 19th to the 28th of May 2011 in various venues in Marseilles. Featuring 31 artists working in different fields coming from 9 Euro-Mediterranean countries.

Forum for the Arts in the Mediterranean (Fam) in Tunis

24/02/2005

Forum for the Arts in the Mediterranean (Fam) in TunisEl Teatro, Tunis 7th to 13th of March Several artistic workshops will take place in El Teatro of Tunis involving Mediterranean and European Artists and Cultural managers. Organised by FAM, Forum for the Arts in the Mediterranean, the workshops will focus on shared choreography and Cultural Management.