Roma Routes was an EU funded project made up of a partnership of heritage organisations and Roma representatives from Germany, Greece, Slovenia, Romania and the UK. The project aimed to encourage intercultural dialogue between Roma and non Roma to promote European Roma cultural heritage.
The project included a month of celebrations in Slovenia, lectures and music in Germany, commemoration of the Roma who died in the holocaust, a summer camp for Roma and non Roma young people in Romania.
Roma people performed for the first time in a museum in Athens and became guides for the museum collections. There were also many opportunities for Roma musicians and artists to perform.
The project also provided a forum for Roma and heritage organisations to develop strong working relationships, and promote communication between Roma from different countries, to explore the diversity and commonality of Roma cultural heritage.
To find out more about each country’s project activities click on the links below:
The project also hosted two public conferences:
Valuable lessons were learnt during the project and a toolkit is provided below.
For Further Infomation:
Council of Europe’s Route of Roma Culture and Heritage
Visibility of Roma Conference (1st conference of the Roma Routes project) in Strasburg in October 2010
Council of Europe’s Roma and Travellers current policy and activities
Information fact sheets on Roma History
UK website by, for and about the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities
Roma in Europe by Jean Pierre Liegeois
This clear and accessible account of a complex and conflict-ridden situation will particularly interest teachers, trainers, community workers,social workers and people with political or administrative responsibilities in the field.
A beginner’s course for Romani language that can be used by individuals who want to learn this language, and also by teachers and trainers of Romani language, as a support material.
European Roma and Travellers Forum
Institute of Cultural Routes – making a new cultural route