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05 April 2020

Activity Details (ID# 19914)  

 
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Title Festival ''Roma are Europe too'' 
Description In Cooperation with the Forum of European Roma Young People, a Youth festival is organised in Ohrid, ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', for promoting the campaign's messages and raising awareness about Roma culture.

This festival is a follow-up of the study session which took place in 2005 “Roma Youth – Situation and Perspectives 10 years after the RAXI Campaign” and the Conference “Romaphobia and Anti-Gypsyism – old phenomenon and new challenges in Europe” and the study session “Campaigning for Roma Rights and Equality of Opportunities”, both supported by the Dosta! campaign

An impact as a result of the activity is expected not only locally, but also at European level, trough the involvement of membership of FERYP as well as organizations and institutions active on Roma issues.


 
Status Completed 
Date 21/08/2007 - 26/08/2007 
Location Ohrid, ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Regions: South-East Europe
Organisations: Council of Europe / European Commission
  Multilateral
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-Roma
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-Roma - Advancing equality, tolerance and peace: Equal rights and treatment for Roma - EIDHR    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2005/DG3/JP/1629   SEE-Roma - Developing monitoring and communication tools of national programmes for Roma in South East Europe
Expected Result 1.2 - Strategies/action plans are transparent and visible through improved communication channels and the awareness-raising campaign has contributed to improve the image of Roma
 PoA
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Social Cohesion
Line of Action ⇒ IV.1 – Ensuring social cohesion
Programme ☆ IV.1.6  Roma and Travellers
Project 2004/DG3/56 Develop and Follow-Up the Implementation of National Policies for Roma and Travellers
Expected Result 6 Strategies/action plans for Roma are transparent and visible through improved communication channels and the awareness-raising campaign has contributed to improve the image of Roma

Working Method

Audiovisual 
Directorate (Service) Social Cohesion (Roma and Travellers Division)
CoE Contact D'ALESSANDRO, Ivana   email
Partners European Commission - International Governmental Organisation
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1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg3/romatravellers  
Last Modified 29/08/2007 


Activity Synopsis (ID# 19914) (Hide Synopsis)

Objective(s) In Cooperation with the Forum of European Roma Young People, a Youth festival is organised in Ohrid, ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia'', for promoting the campaign's messages and raising awareness about Roma culture.

More specific aims were:

To promote recognition and put emphasis on:
- The value of Roma culture and the Roma cultural heritage for the construction of the European identity and culture;
- Human Rights for Roma;
- New models for political, social and cultural participation of Roma. 
Output/Results This festival marked the cooperation between the Dosta! campaign and the “All different, all equal” campaign, which jointly supported a project presented and carried out by the Forum of European Roma Young People, allowing Young Roma to take an active part in both campaigns.

An impact as a result of the activity is expected not only locally, but also at European level, trough the involvement of membership of FERYP as well as organisations and institutions active on Roma issues. The reports of the activity and a documentary movie will be soon available and published on the Dosta! campaign website.

The first day the “DOSTA!” campaign was presented to the participants and awoke great interest among those coming from the countries other than those involved in the campaign.

The second day, activities were carried out involving the locals in the heart of Ohrid, where all the participants, including the Dosta! campaign, hold information stands. Roma also came to the area to see the activities. In general both old and young people showed great interest and this was proven by the influx of people to the first concert scheduled that night.

Throughout the morning signatures were collected under the slogan ''Roma are Europe too'', the NGO/organisations fair was put up, panels were painted, information was handed out, there were shows and the musicians rehearsed for their performances in the Festival that night.

It must be pointed out, the participation, for the very first time, of a Roma representative from an LGBT organisation, who was not only welcomed but who had one of the most visited stand and who also distributed the most information.

In the night, the first concert took place, before an audience which filled the amphitheatre. Thanks to the success of this concert, some media covered the second day of concerts, including Deutshe Wele, to which the Dosta! campaign manager gave an interview.

On the third day, the movie “The Champions of Shutka” was screened, at the presence of its main actor, Mr. Severdzan Bajram. The film brought quite a bit of controversy among those who saw it merely as a mockery of the stereotypes about Roma and also among those who saw it as an ironic film which highlighted some interesting characters of this Roma neighborhood. This film served to the participants as an introduction to other issues, such as the instruments to work against Romaphobia and Antigypsyism , which awoke great participation and interest from the participants. The second part of the afternoon consisted of discussing the participation of the Roma in Europe from different viewpoints, thanks to the interventions of many guests speakers involved in political activities.




The fourth day was devoted to two workshops: “Human Rights and Roma Rights” by Anka Demirovska, and “Roma Cultural Identity” by Ljatif Demir.These presentations were interesting and laid the foundation for further work in the workshops.

That night, the last night of the Festival took place with even larger participation by the locals. New local groups joined the concert programme.

Last day was devoted to draw conclusions on the points that the participants understood to be the most important, Human rights education with young Roma, Participation and Equality within Diversity.

The main conclusions were that on one hand the Human Rights Education allows young Roma to enjoy their rights and to act as multipliers, on the other hand, when talking about Equality within Diversity these values still needs to be applied in the heart of Roma communities.

For the first time in a Roma seminar, some traditionally taboo topics were discussed openly. Such as in the case of the LGBT community within the Roma communities. This was an opportunity for many of the participants to be heard and to ask for changes, not only from the society in general but also inside their own community being that it is both diverse and pluralistic. 
Conclusions/Follow Up The Festival was a follow-up of the study session in 2005 “Roma Youth – Situation and Perspectives 10 years after the RAXI Campaign”. Also of the Conference “Romaphobia and Anti-Gypsyism – old phenomenon and new challenges in Europe” in 2006 and the study session “Campaigning for the rights of the Roma and Equality of Opportunities” in January 2007.

The activity was held under the Patronage of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. A report will be published on the campaign website. 
Participants 60 representatives of Roma youth organisations 
Consultants/Experts Roma artists 
CoE Secretariat Ivana D'Alessandro 
Total No. Participants 90 
Last Modified

22/11/2007 




 
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