International Romani Day

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The First World Romani Congress 8th April 1971, forty-eight years ago, the First World Romani Congress was held on the outskirts of London, in Orpington, Kent. Organised by members of the Gypsy Council and the Comité International Rom, the meeting and its associated open-air music festival on Hampstead Heath, would mark a high point in the history of Romani and Traveller people. The …

Tears of Blood: The Roma Holocaust in Poetry

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Venue: Byre Theatre (Studio) Abbey Street, St Andrews, Scotland, KY16 9LA, UK Date: Monday, 1st April 2019 The Roma poet, Papusza’s, Romani-language narrative poem Tears of Blood is the earliest known witness account of the Kali Trash (‘Black Fear’), Samudaripen (‘Mass Killing’), Porajmos (‘Devouring’), Pharrajimos (‘Destruction’), or the Roma Holocaust, perpetrated by Nazi Germany during World War II. Now at …

EU Roma Week in Brussels, March 2019

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Isaac Blake is representing the Romani Cultural & Arts Company as part of the EU Roma Week 2019. This year’s EU Roma Week, hosted by the European Parliament in co-operation with the European Commission and European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will be held from the 18th to the 21st of March 2019. There will be a series of events …