Czech
29
May 2
2016

12:00 VÁCLAVSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ - artists parade in city centre

13:30 VÁCLAV HAVEL LIBRARY – expert seminar: Roma civic activism

15:00 PARK PORTHEIMKA - children’s day: “Khamororo”

17:00 GOETHE INSTITUT – opening of the exhibition: (Re)konceptualizing Roma Resistance

19:00 PALÁC AKROPOLIS - traditional Roma music concert: The Gypsy Ensemble Giani Lincan/NL, Russka Roma/RU, Kočani Orkestar/MK

 

Artists parade in city center

The Khamororo Children’s Day is a favorite of many festival-goers, and no wonder! This rich afternoon program full of attractions, contests and workshops would inspire anybody.  Performances by bands and children’s dance ensembles from all over the Czech Republic contribute to the good mood. The Brazilian martial arts dance form of capoiera will be presented by the “Bojovat srdcem” (Fight With Heart) ensemble of Brno, while singing workshops will be led by the Matiová sisters. The very youngest children will also be able to ride a wooden carousel, visit the bouncy castle, or take a ride in a carriage drawn by ponies. Various children’s workshops also await you:  Jewelry-making, arts and crafts, drawing, mega-bubbles, face painting, and many other delights. 

The Children’s Day is happening under the auspices of Bc. Tatiana Konrádová and Petr Hynek, members of the local council for the Prague 5 Municipal Department.

 

SEMINAR ROMA CIVIC ACTIVISM

Part of the annual Khamoro Festival is an expert seminar during which experts from non-Romani and Romani society discuss current problems.  This year the central theme will be Romani activist, which has more than 50 years of development behind it, as well as many figures and many good results. What is the future of the Romani movement in the Czech Republic? During the last municipal elections an unheard-of number of Romani people ran as candidates. The younger generation is studying in higher education thanks to Romani scholarships. We are hearing more and more frequently about the successes of Romani people in athletics, film, and music. The Romani  middle class exists and is growing stronger. LGBT Roma and Romani women are taking the floor and calling for equal opportunities. At the same time, however, the number of Romani people who officially declare their nationality is not rising.  More than 80 % of Czech citizens hold a negative attitude toward Romani people. In such an atmosphere it is very difficult to succeed, especially if you have “skin in the game” in your position as a Romani activist. This half-day seminar, organized together with the Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation, Jiří Dienstbier, and the chair of the Czech Government Inter-ministerial Commission for Romani Community Affairs, Martin Martínek, focuses on the concept of Romani civic activism and its role in the emancipation and fulfillment of the right of the Romani national minority to self-determination.

WHERE AND WHEN:

The Václav Havel Library  /3. 6. 2016/  

The seminar is not open to the general public.

 

“KHAMORORO” CHILDREN’S DAY

The Khamororo Children’s Day is a favorite of many festival-goers, and no wonder! This rich afternoon program full of attractions, contests and workshops would inspire anybody.  Performances by bands and children’s dance ensembles from all over the Czech Republic contribute to the good mood. The Brazilian martial arts dance form of capoiera will be presented by the “Bojovat srdcem” (Fight With Heart) ensemble of Brno, while singing workshops will be led by Pavlína Danková. The very youngest children will also be able to ride a wooden carousel, visit the bouncy castle. Various children’s workshops also await you:  Jewelry-making, arts and crafts, drawing, mega-bubbles, face painting, and many other delights.

The Children’s Day is happening under the auspices of Bc. Tatiana Konrádová and Petr Hynek, members of the local council for the Prague 5 Municipal Department.

WHERE AND WHEN:   

Portheimka Park /3. 6. 2016/ 

 

OPENING OF THE EXHIBITION (RE)CONCEPTUALIZING ROMA RESISTANCE

This exhibition by art historian and curator Timea Junghaus, a Romani woman from Hungary, presents the stories of Romani people who managed to fight oppression and rise up against dictatorship in a wide range of forms. This (re)conceptualization of the forgotten, unwritten history of European Roma shows Romani people as fighters, not victims as is usually the custom.

New research has proven that many Romani people took their fates and their lives firmly into their own hands, including during extreme times such as the Second World War. How did Romani people behave in the concentration camps compared to other groups of prisoners? What strategies aided them with preserving their human dignity, even in threatening situations? The exhibition also presents the history of escape attempts, the Auschwitz uprisings on 16 May and 2 August 1944, and maps the brave deeds of Romani heroes, such as their participation in European partisan movements against the Nazi regime. This exhibition is inspirational for us all today, because thanks to this information, we can become aware that even during extreme situations, we are not powerless.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Goethe Institute /3. 6. 2016/ 

 

THE GIANI LINCAN GYPSY ENSEMBLE / The Netherlands

Giani Lincan is one of the most sought-after cimbalom (hammered dulcimer) performers in The Netherlands. Accompanied by accordion, doublebass and violin, he will please all lovers of traditional cimbalom music. The band will perform a colorful repertoire of traditional Hungarian, Roma and Romanian folk songs, but you can also look forward to their own compositions in the French Gypsy Jazz style. This “Gypsy Orchestra” has performed countless concerts in both Eastern and Western Europe and is considered by experts to be one of the best Romani cimbalom groups on the continent.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Palác Akropolis /3. 6. 2016/ 

 

RUSSKA ROMA / Russia

Music, dance, fortune-telling, a fiery temperament and a travelling life – all of this belonged to the traditional lifestyle of Romani people in Russia. Much of this is still to be found in the songs of the Russka Roma band as well. This group has a very long tradition; in 1993 they released their first album of the classical songs of Russian Roma. After enjoying great success, the famous composer Vladimir Matetsky contributed to the creation of their second album in 1995. That was followed by a world tour lasting several years during which they performed 376 concerts in the USA alone. During their career they have performed with stars such as the Bee Gees or Joe Cocker. They have also recorded several duets with Viktor Chaika, Dmitry Malikov and Vladimir Markin.  

WHERE AND WHEN:

Palác Akropolis /3. 6. 2016/ 

 

KOČANI ORKESTAR / Macedonia

This band was established by trumpet player Naat Valiov and is one of the most original Balkan brass bands, so it is not surprising that they perform worldwide.  Their musical style combines many influences:  elements of rumba and salsa; Indian film music; jazz; the rhythms of Bulgaria and Turkey (including their characteristically asymmetric 7/8 and 9/8 signatures); and traditional dance music from Bulgaria, Romani and Serbia. The band has changed members over the years but has always managed to maintain its freshness and spirit.

WHERE AND WHEN:

Palác Akropolis /3. 6. 2016/ 

 

 

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