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Khamoro party on the Vltava River: Le Čhavendar /CZ/, Maroš Bango & Fantasy Orchestra Ladislava Rigu /SK/, Shantel (DJ Session) /DE/

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The party on the “Náplavka” (Rašínova nábřeží) in Prague will start with a young band from Rokycany, Le Čhavendar and will continue with the Slovak artists Maroš Bango and Ladislav Rig’s Fantasy Orchestra, and if your hips aren’t swaying by then, we promise that DJ Shantel of Germany will get you dancing with his mix of Balkan and electronic music. 

 

 

  

 

 

Artists parade in city center

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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. 

  

“Roma civic activism” seminar

IMG 9586Part 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.  

Children’s Day “Khamororo”

IMG 3187The 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. 

  

Vernissage of the Emílie Rigová exhibition /SK/: Archetyp – Pra Bari s hudebním vystoupením Maroše Banga /SK/

Vstava Emlie RigovThe exhibition “The Pre-Bari Archetype” (Archetyp Pra-Bari) presents the life story of Bári Raklóri, who is a sort of alter ego of the visual artist Emílie Rigová. The exhibit is like a story in which the artist includes various elements from her life and the environment in which she lives and then presents them to the public even as in some places she is intentionally secretive. She accumulates these elements, alternating erasing and overlapping them until she ultimately returns to her primal origin, her primal state, to PRE-BARI.  

By creating her "BÁRI RAKLORI" brand, Emília Rigová clearly declared what her approach to the question of the coexistence of the majority society and the Romani minority would be. She based this nickname on the Romani word used to address her during her childhood -  Bari /Big – and then added raklóri / daughter of non-Romani parents. Raklóri was the term used by her forebears to express their gladness when they saw their children nicely dressed and groomed. Through this she demonstrates the synergetic thinking of her forebears, who did not consider non-Romani people the enemy, but lived together with them and understood them. For that reason, it is not possible to discuss the works presented here as just “Romani art”. 

Emília Rigová (born 1980) is an academic sculptor who teaches at the  Matěj Belo University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. She is dedicated to performance and to sculpture as a medium that she further processes through graphic design and video.  The main themes of her works are cultural or social stereotypes, dreams, the opportunity to choose an alter eog, Romani identity, and shadows. She has exhibited in Austria (Linz), the Czech Republic, Germany (Dresden), Montenegro, Poland (Cracow) and Slovakia as well as other Central European cities. She currently lives and works between Banská Bystrica, Trnava and Zvolen. 

 

Interactive open-air 3D graphics creation

3d grafika 1The concept of “street art” covers all types of creative work that arise in a public space, which is why it is free to go beyond the framework of traditional art forms. In the case of the 3D graphics that are being specially prepared for the Khamoro Festival, these will be art that is created in the street and then installed there. 

The special technique of 3D drawings on asphalt, concrete, or other flat surfaces takes advantage of the phenomenon of optical illusion. It is only possible to see the third dimensaion of these images from a certain point – only from one side and from a certain perspective. What is sad (but also unusual) about these 3D graphics is that they will disappear with the first rain. Fortunately, however, they will last forever in photographs.

Three Bosnian artists -  Mersiha Džafić, Kemal Konaković  and Adis Zorlak – will present their creation of 3D graphics in Prague. They have dedicated themselves to this technique for five years. In Sarajevo they have been holding a Street Art Festival since 2012 that is annually visited by more than 100 000 people where artists from all over the world present their works. The aim of this prestigious event is to support young students from arts schools and to introduce their work to the broader public.     

In Prague those interested in the method of creating 3D graphics will be able not just to examine this method in progress, but also to attempt it themselves. 

 

An evening in remembrance of the famous Romani writer Andrej Giňa, and a fabulous musician Milan Šenki Korytár

vzpominka andrej ginaThese are tales told by Olga Fečová and Ladislav Goral about the two prominent Roma personalities connected by energy, music, Roma culture and especially the “paťiv”  the respect for human beings and for life. We will be taken back, accompanied by great musicians, to remember these exceptional Roma people who are no longer with us but who remain in our hearts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Open-air art performance of Emílie Rigová /SK/: Na koberci

Emília Rigová, a young Romani artist from Slovakia, is preparing an alternative performance piece using a specially designed carpet with Romani motifs that demonstrates every human being’s need and right to have a piece of the world where he or she can feel safe. 

 

Film screening: Taikon /SE/

Film Taikon 1In collaboration with the Swedish Embassy, we are presenting the Czech premiere of the film “Taikon”. This documentary tells the story of Katarina Taikon, a Romani activist and author who spent her life trying to improve the position of Romani people in Sweden. She began her big struggle for the equal rights of Romani people in 1960. When regularly sending manifestos to the main media outlets and organizing demonstrations didn’t bring about the changes she was demanding fast enough, she decided on a new form of struggle and began to write children’s books. Her first publication, Katitzi, was released in 1969 and was an instant success. She wrote a total of 13 autobiographical books that came out between 1969 and 1981. Her little books about the brave, indomitable character of Katitzi won the hearts of readers both in Sweden and abroad. Some have also been translated into the Czech language.

After the film is screened there will be a debate about the current position of Romani people in the Czech Republic and Sweden. 

 

The memory of Milena Hübschmannová with a play “Čirikloro, or what does the bird say” from ARA ART association

Vzpomnka Milena Hubschmannov 1The founder of Romani studies in the Czech Republic, Milena Hübschmannová dedicated her professional life to collecting Romani fairy tales, among other things. Besides making a fundamental contribution to raising awareness of Romani folk poetry, which she recorded in her book Romani Fairy Tales (Romské pohádky) she also presented the differences between the concepts of fairy tales in Czech and Romani culture to the broader, majority society. However, it is less known that she wrote one “fairy tale” of her own. 

This small dramatic sketch has never before been performed. Čiriklo, aneb co říká ptáček (“Chiriklo, or what the little bird says”) brings us closer to Romani cultural traditions, to the poetry and wisdom of Romani elders, and reflects on what truth itself actually is. What can we believe? Is there only one truth, or do we each have our own? To what degree does truth depend on one’s perspective?

  

Vernissage of the Matěj Holub exhibition: “…A možná přijede na koze” with a concert by the Bench Band /CZ/

rezbar matejRomani Festival in Prague, presenting the decorative toys, freestyle creations and wooden statues of the Romani woodcarver Matěj (Martin) Holub of Kolín. His artistic oeuvre covers a broad spectrum of forms in which he applies his imagination, inventiveness and sense of humor.

Not just children, but anybody who has a playful soul will find something of interest at this exhibition, especially those who like the element of wood and enjoy being inspired by nature. Almost all of the pieces exhibited can be moved, played with and touched by the visitors, who will be able to enter a world of colorful little animals, to drive little cars along an urban racetrack, or to swing on any number of weird and wonderful swings… 

The opening will take place on Thursday, 2 June at 17:00. On Friday, 3 June, as part of the Children’s Day at the Portheimka Park, Holub will unveil an original wooden carousel and prepare an arts workshop for children.

 

 

 

 

Vernissage of the “(Re)conceptualization of Roma resistance” exhibition

rekonceptualizaceThis 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.

 

  

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