Launching the project “Promoting Gypsy Culture through Contemporary Art”. Ancient Roman Stories” / Press release ©

Launching of the conference of the “Promotion of Culture” project Rome through contemporary art.
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On Thursday, July 28, the launch conference for the project “Promoting Roma Culture through Contemporary Art” will be held. Ancient Roman Stories”, a project funded by EEA Grants 2014-2021 under the RO-CULTURE programme, CALL 7 – Supporting cultural initiatives around the Roma minority.

The press conference will be held at the premises of the Cultural Center “Ion Creagă” in Târgu Niamey, located in B-dul tefan cel Mare, no. 55, please Naomi.

The project is implemented by the House of Culture “Ion Creangă” Târgu-Neamţ, In partnership with the National Athenaeum of Lashi And the If the music performance (Norway).

The overall goal of the project It consists in raising the level of awareness and enriching the Roma culture through complementary measures with artistic and professional cultural content with the participation of the Roma people from Neamt County.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Increase visibility of Roma cultural identity by publishing research on Roma culture, holding 10 theater performances for 400 people and organizing an artistic creativity club for 75 children from Neamt County, for a period of 12 months;
  • Facilitating access to cultural-technical knowledge and skills, through a vocational guidance program for 70 Roma, 35 of whom will benefit from vocational training and management of an internship program for 5 Roma, for a period of 4 months;
  • Improving Roma culture reception strategies by developing a dedicated contemporary art platform created by Roma children and conducting an exchange of the experience of cultural inclusion in Norway with 15 people, for a period of 12 months.

Project value: 891,366.53 lei (180,150.47 euros) of which 85% Scholarship from the European Economic Area And the 15% of the national budget.

Place of implementation: Romania, Neamt County and Lachey, respectively Norway, Oslo.

Project duration: 12 months

As a historical minority in Romania, Roma have lived alongside the population majority for nearly 5 centuries, according to documentary testimonies. However, the social distance between Ronnie and the majority of the population still exists, and stereotypes and prejudices remain the main factors describing Roma in the minds of the majority of the population. This situation is caused by a lack of knowledge and recognition of the history and culture of the Roma, in society as a whole, but especially in the educational system.

target group The project consists of 573 people, distributed as follows:

  • 400 people from Neamt County Who participates in theatrical performances,

Among them, 200 people belong to 36 marginalized districts of Neamt County;

  • 75 Roma and non-Gypsy children who participates in artistic club activities;
  • 70 people of gypsy ethnicity Those who are subject to recruitment measures and come from weak areas of Neamt County, who are involved in media and vocational guidance activities, among them 35 people with skills and inclination towards cultural and creative activities will participate in entrepreneurship training in the cultural and creative sectors. Under the implementation of the project, it will be ensured that 40% of the target people are women;
  • 5 people of gypsy ethnicity who have a job in the cultural and artistic sectors that will participate in the training program in the workplace;
  • 23 people are part of the management and implementation team The project is from the project promoter and partners.

Targeted indirect beneficiaries be:

  • Unique visitors of the virtual platform that will collect artworks made by artists of Roma origin;
  • Communities from Neamt County: For this category of indirect beneficiaries, the needs to diversify the cultural supply and increase the degree of access of individuals to culture are taken into account;
  • Local public authorities, as a result of the implementation of cultural and artistic activities stipulated in the target implementation area of ​​the project by their role in relation to permanent information of citizens regarding the benefits of participating in project activities, including schools subject to coordination with local councils, as a secondary fiduciary order.

Determine the main needs Of the Roma, as direct and indirect beneficiaries, consisting of:

  • The need to strengthen specific elements of Roma cultural identity – identified as a response to the problem of poor knowledge of Roma history and cultural heritage, which leads to a negative perception of Roma ethnicity and to a high degree of discrimination;
  • the need for initiatives to educate the general public and improve the reception of Roma culture – identified after the discovery of a negative perception of Roma due to the numerous hate speeches;
  • The need to involve Roma children in cultural and artistic events – a consequence of the extent of ethnic segregation in education and implicitly the low participation of Roma children in education. Their participation in cultural and artistic events aims to stimulate interest and emphasize the importance of participation in education, but also to increase self-esteem as a result of inclusion through culture;
  • The need for capacity-building, professional training in the field of cultural entrepreneurship and training in the sector of cultural creativity – identified as a result of the low level of Roma employment against the background of ethnic discrimination. Recognition of their talents in the crafts and musical arts and not only counseling and training of Roma in the creative cultural sector, but especially vocational training in the field of cultural entrepreneurship, can have a strong positive effect in increasing the degree of employability of Roma.

main activities Implemented within the project the following:

  • A.1 – project management, control and oversight;
  • A.2 – Improving cultural references by carrying out an integrated research on the formation and development of the Roma ethnic group and the theatricalization of its relevant elements;
  • A-3 – Increasing social inclusion through initiatives dedicated to children, such as the Artistic Creativity Club in relation to performing arts and crafts;
  • A.4 – Organizing training and knowledge acquisition activities in the cultural and creative sectors through vocational training and informal training programmes;
  • A-5 – – Develop initiatives to educate the general public and improve the reception of Roma culture through a virtual platform and through the exchange of experiences and knowledge.

The EEA grants represent the contribution of Iceland, the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Kingdom of Norway to reducing economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area and to strengthening bilateral relations with the 15 recipient countries of Eastern and Southern Europe and the Baltic States. These financing mechanisms are established on the basis of the European Economic Area Agreement, which brings together the member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as equal partners in the internal market. In total, the three countries contributed €3.3 billion between 1994 and 2014 and €1.55 billion for the 2014-2021 funding period. More details are available at: and

The RO-CULTURE program is implemented by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit and its overall objective is to promote economic and social development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and management of cultural heritage. The budget of the program is about 34 million euros. More details are available at

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