Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination and Segregation in Europe
Conference and Reception April 8, 2013
Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University will host a set of expert panel discussions to mark International Roma Day on April 8, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (27 Kirkland Street, Cambridge, MA). The “Realizing Roma Rights: Addressing Violence, Discrimination and Segregation in Europe” conference will bring together policymakers, academics, and activists from across Europe and the United States to address the inter-related themes of extremism, structural discrimination and youth disempowerment. The conference is jointly organized by the FXB Center, the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University, the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies at Harvard University, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe/Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (OSCE/ODIHR). The program will conclude with a cocktail reception and musical performance by world-renowned musician Lulo Reinhardt.
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Roma Fest , best roma dancers all ower the world capture the all Romania at the National Dance Contest.
Their carrier has rapidly grown, the artists developing world recognition for their sensational performances that blend rapid and extremely complex rhythms that charmed both the national and the international public. Among others, Romafest takes pride in successful collaborations as the one they had with the renowned Cirque du Soleil.
Dedicated supporters of tradition, the artists hold as objective to contribute through their music and dance to the conservation of the Transylvanian Roma folk culture. Their performance is always an astonishing example of utmost awakeness, livelyhood and authenticity.
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Over 800 artists and artisans from 16 countries, 87 concerts and dance performances, 17 photo and paiting exhibitions, 11 theater performances, 24 film productions presented, 22 fire and modern circus shows, 4 artistic performances within the penitentiary in front of an audience of over 1000 inmates, 12 workshops, 25 days hosting the Roma crafts fair, over 20 informative activities and thousands of informative and awareness materials distributed freely, approximately 250 volunteers, more than 100 governmental and non-governmental institutions involved and the support of over 100 media channels both national and international is added to the sum-up view of IRAF in its 5 editions unfolded so far.
The quality of the events and the growing visibility of the festival made IRAF be mentioned by one of the main journalistic institutions of the continent, The Guardian in UK, that sets the festival among the cultural events that offer Romania “a new face”. The festival was organized under the aegis of the Roma Decade 2005-2015 while previous editions have benefited from the high patronage of upper rank state institutions as the Romanian Cultural Institute and the National Council Against Discrimination, and also have unfolded under the aegis of: The European Year for Equality of Chances and the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue. IRAF has also been awarded a mention in the Culture section of the Civil Society Gala in 2007 and The National Youth Agency, through the General direction of Youth in Timis has awarded the event with a special prize, recognizing it as one of the best cultural projects involving the youth in Romania in 2008.
Recently the festival was awarded in Prague at the ERSTE Foundation Social Integration Gala 2011, IRAF being the only cultural project to win this international recognition, while the other 36 winning projects (out of a selection of over 1800 major European applicant projects) came strictly from the social sphere. The year 2011 has also brought other international accomplishments for the project. The artwork (image, posters, etc) of IRAF has been exhibited this spring for 2 weeks at the Viennese Parliament within a large cultural event of the city, as an example of "best practice" within Roma culture work, for its innovative and un-stereotyped vision. In February IRAF was among the only 4 Roma culture festivals in Europe invited at the first European Roma Culture Seminar in Spain, Caceres, thus recognized among these few events as representative for culture festivals in the Roma world within European space.