Racial diagnosis: Gypsy, opening
28. 5. 18:00 GALERIE ČESKÝCH CENTER
The exhibition of the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma depicts genocide of these ethnic groups from the initial traces of human rights violation by the National Socialist Party to their systematic genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe. It contrasts reports given by perpetrators and victims of these crimes. The exposition features photographs showing the lives of Roma and Sinti as well as tragic stories hidden behind abstract documents which guided the deliberate genocide of these people. The final part of the exhibition reveals lives of European Roma and Sinti after 1989. The distinguished guest of the exhibition is Romani Rose, Chairman of the General Council of German Sinti and Roma and Director of their Documentation and Cultural Centre, who has devoted his life to fighti against discrimination and racism. He also contributed to recognition of Roma and Sinti as an official national minority in Germany with their language and possibility to get actively involved in the political life.
Macedonian Roma with lens of German soldiers, opening
30. 5. 18:00 GALERIE ZAHRADNÍK
The exhibition of photos from Zbyněk Andrš’s private collection shows eye-catching pictures of Roma in Skopje, Prilep, Veles and other places in years 1915 - 1918. They were taken during the World War I by German soldiers who also showed the life of local Roma on postcards. The combination of photos and texts translated from German provides an extraordinary perspective of Roma culture and life in Macedonia. The exhibition will please fans of photography, history, Roma culture and anthropology.
Invisible Power, opening
31. 5. 17:30 PALÁC LUCERNA
The Roma women’s group Manushe, which also organizes an international Roma women’s conference this year, prepared a photo campaign called The Invisible Power. In the Lucerna Palace, you can look at 12 large photos by Tomáš Vrána which show strong characters of Roma women. Manushe aims to support Roma women, their skills and competences that are often overlooked by society.
International Roma women conference: Invisible Power
31. 5. – 1. 6. INSTITUT CERVANTES
Human rights, gender equality, personal growth and education – these are the topics to be discussed by active Roma women from various parts of Europe at the Invisible Power conference. The Manushe group, the organizer of the conference, wants to inspire and motivate Roma women in the Czech Republic, support their activities and boost their self-confidence. The invitation to share experience and do networking for possible partnerships was accepted by more than 50 participants. As part of the conference, there will be a media campaign featuring participants’ profiles to be published on online communication channels of the Slovo 21 NGO, the Manushe group and other organizations.
Fashion show: Romani Design
29. 5. 20:00 GALERIE MÁNES
Fashion is an indisputable part of culture, and designers of the Hungarian fashion brand Romani Design, Erika and Helena Varga agree with this statement. This year’s Khamoro gives us a unique opportunity to get to know this brand inspired by Romani culture. Their extraordinary works have made them famous even on the international level, making them the first such brand to achieve this. Founded in 2010, Romani Design has always produced more than just likeable clothes, as it also aims to combat stereotypes about Roma. Using fashion, it shows Roma culture in a new, different way. The brand creators use fashion as a tool, just like writers use words and artists use paint. Their designs shape the world around them. Their fashion show featuring both Roma and non-Roma models will certainly be very inspiring.
29. 5. 18:00 MALÝ SÁL KINA LUCERNA
The 2015 documentary directed and written by Tamás Almási follows the life story of a nice Roma boy who fell in love with the guitar playing. His talent, however, collides with his unfavourable background and the lack of training. There might be hopeful future for him at the Music Talent Centre where he is supported together with 60 gifted Roma children. Will he have an opportunity to change his life? Isn’t his handicap too big? In 87 minutes, Almási uses incredible empathy to tell a story full of twists which will speak to you. The amazing atmosphere is fine-tuned with authentic music.
Theatre performance: … And Again We Slept Pindral
30. 5. 20:00 ALFRED VE DVOŘE
Pindral means something like “with feet to the head” and this lovely theatre performance will make you fall head over feet. It is one of the first plays directed by a Romani director. David Tišer partnered with the dramaturgist Líza Urbanová to create a gripping story with a predominantly Roma cast. Their acting will draw you in the story right from the beginning and keep you breathless for the next 60 minutes. The story of the Roma world and the first Romani person is built on various historical texts which give evidence on the situation of Roma and the way they were perceived in different eras. However, there is more to the narration: it also turns to experience of an ordinary gadjo and his family, and so the play turns into a polemic on why people get to be so nasty to each other sometimes.
Presentation of Roma literature and folk stories: Gavoro
This idea emerged in 2016 thanks to the “Khamoro Shares Experience” programme and we are happy to see you found it interesting. Gavoro, or “a little village”, presents literature as well as storytelling and puppet theatre. Gavoro may be small, but it is an important part of the Khamoro festival as it features other forms of Roma culture besides music and dance.
You can look forward to Romani fairy-tales at the Municipal Library in Prague. Students and graduates of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts who founded the Krutý Krtek “social theatre” group will present short humorous stories as well as epic ones in order to familiarize children with Romani culture and language. The performance also includes Romani songs.
The composed evening focused on folk tales will take place at the BackYard venue. Storytelling is a vital part of Roma traditions, but it is slowly disappearing from the family life. We will revive it with the leading Czech Romani scholar and actor Ladislav Goral, writers Ilona Ferková and Iveta Kokyová, the artist Věra Duždová, the singer Pavlína Matiová, and Tibor Žida, who is a guitar player, singer and composer.
The Gavoro programme will also be a part of the exhibition Racial Diagnosis: Gypsy. At its opening, we will introduce the Leperiben performance which reveals the life story of the Holomek family from the village of Svatobořice near the town of Kyjov during the World Ward II. You will also have a chance to visit the dramatized life story of Emília Machálková performed by Pavlína Matiová and accompanied with captivating music.
30. 5. 10:00 MĚSTSKÁ KNIHOVNA PRAHA
30. 5. 21:30 BACKYARD
28. 5. 18:00 GALERIE ČESKÝCH CENTER, opening of exhibition Racial Diagnosis: Gypsy
Children’s Day: Khamororo
1. 6. 15:00 PARK PORTHEIMKA
You can join the popular programme for families with children in the Portheimka park where kids can play, sing and dance. After the opening at 3PM, we will start with the Romani fairy-tales theatre performance. And there will be much more to enjoy. For example the Children’s Orchestra of the Kořenského Primary School, the singer Tereza Ondičová and children’s dance performances. And naturally, there would be no children’s day without games and competitions. We will also see the traditional Russian Roma dance, discover parkour and learn to dance flamenco at a workshop for children!
Football tournament: Džas Bavinas fotbal
2. 6. 13:00 SPORTOVNÍ A REKREAČNÍ AREÁL PRAŽAČKA
The second year of the football tournament called “Let’s play football” will take place on the last day of the festival. Children’s and women’s teams will compete in this popular game at the sports and relax centre in the Žižkov quarter in Prague. Join us to support and cheer them!
2. 6. 12:00 VÁCLAVSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ
We have already explained in our “20 words” section why we organize the parade every year. Now we want to invite you to join! We will meet on Saturday at the Wenceslas Square and enjoy a cheerful and proud parade of traditional Roma music, dance, flags and colourful costumes. This is one of the most visited events of the Khamoro festival, so make sure you will be there.
Malá letní škola o romské hudbě
How do musicians of an ethnic minority make it to majority stages? Are the world stages accessible for them? What are the costs of their success? And can they still continue to be bearers of “their” culture? These are the topics for this year's Little Summer School, a traditional section of the Khamoro programme. It is traditionally organized in partnership with the Institute of Ethnomusicology of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and it will be attended by 25 students from 12 countries. The course is led by Doc. Zuzana Jurková, PhD., and other lecturers are Speranta Radulescu, a Romanian ethnomusicologist and one of the “discoverers” of the famous Fanfare Cioccarlia, Petr Dorůžka, a journalist/writer specialized in World Music, and Romani scholar and musician Jan Dužda.
Having role models in one’s life is very important, especially if you are a member of a group which is underrepresented in public life of the majority society. That is why we regularly invite children from children’s homes to join Khamoro. During their visit, they have an opportunity to see Prague, visit the festival backstage and meet inspiring, successful Roma both from the production team and those who participate as performers. We believe this can be a forming experience influencing the motivation and personal growth of teenagers who often look for an inspiring role model.
Khamoro sdílí zkušenosti
This unique programme for young Roma was introduced so that we could share our experience and knowledge. Training in cultural management supports participants’ creativity and production skills and also contributes to improvement and professional level of cultural events in the Czech Republic. This year, we will have 10 young students who will learn both about theoretical and practical aspects, led by the lecturer David Tišer. They will see and hear how the programme is prepared, how to make a team, how to fundraise and communicate with media. They will also experience the real thing at the festival, where they will be involved in its organization. The most successful ones will become members of the Khamoro 2019 production team.