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Press Release – Closing Conference Project Untold Stories – Povesti Nespuse

Project Untold Stories
PA17/RO13-SP35/2015
Romano ButiQ
Supported by a  Grant  from  Norway,  Iceland,  Liechtenstein and  the  Romanian Government within Programme PA17/RO13 Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage

Press Release Closing Conference
Untold Stories – Povești Nespuse
Project

Thursday, 28th April, 15.00 hours, the Closing conference of the Untold Stories-Povesti nespuse project will take place. The project’s creator is Alina Şerban, Roma actress and artist. The project’s main concept was set up in 2014, to end the silence that dominated the Romanian public space regarding the history of Roma slavery in Romania and the diversity of unrepresented Roma experiences. The project officially started in October 2015 and in a very short time successfully developed a necessary platform for untold and marginalized Roma stories.

To the difficult times that we live in, when racism and xenophobia are rising in Romania and Europe, our project responds with art and knowledge. To the marginalizing of Roma histories we answer by placing Roma people and their experiences center stage. In this way we can listen, find out about each other, find out about our history and our cultures’ stories. Therefore within the project several cultural events were organized and a variety of materials realized: an evening of Roma fairy-tales, artistic happenings, the reading-performance The Great Shame, research articles on Roma slavery,  a Book of Roma Fairy Tales, and multiple photo and video materials available at our bilingual website: www.povestinespuse.eu

 

The Evening of Roma Fairy Tales was a unique event that made it possible for the first time in Romania to rediscover the charm and magic of fairy tales orally transmitted from generation to generation, from Auntie Veta herself, our main storyteller. A room filled with children and adults, of all ages and coming from all social environments, Roma and non-Roma alike, enjoyed and applauded Auntie Veta’s stories. Part of the fairy tales Auntie Veta shared with us are available in a Book of Roma Fairy Tales available online in English, Romani and Romanian.

 

The Great Shame reading-performance is the first of its kind in Romania, addressing the history of Roma slavery from the perspective and through the words of Roma artists. The Great Shame performance had its very successful premiere on the 20th of February, on the Day of Roma Liberation in Romania. A history page was put forth, one that is missing from history manuals, collective memory and current discussions. The Great Shame performance gravitates around the idea of shame – a historical shame regarding a past for which nobody has taken responsibility, personal shame regarding one’s identity and shame of standing in solidarity with the Roma people in our lives. A shame that needs to be confronted and a great number of diverse people responded to our invitation by filling the space to its maximum capacity.

 

The success that our organized events enjoyed, both the Evening of Roma Fairy Tales and The Great Shame reading performance taking place with a full house, gave us the necessary strength to continue. We enjoyed the support of the national and international press (radio, TV stations, online and print media), of state institutions representatives and of Embassies from Bucharest, of Roma and non-Roma activists and of a great number and diversity of spectators.

 

Untold Stories will continue! We invite you to join us on the 28th of April for the premiere launching of two promotional videos, to receive our latest promotional materials in print, to find out more about our future plans and to mobilize together in solidarity, for further knowledge and promotion of Roma stories and experiences.

 

The Closing Conference of the Untold Stories-Povesti Nespuse project will take place Thursday the 28th of April, 15.00 hours, at Café Boheme (Caderea Bastiliei Street, no 11, Bucharest). To confirm your presence please write at povestinespuse@romanobutiq.ro.

Crenguta Mihăilă-Podolan
Publicity and Communication
Untold Stories-Povesti Nespuse project

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Press Release – Evening of Roma Fairy Tales and Reading-Performance “The Great Shame”

Project Untold Stories
PA17/RO13-SP35/2015
Romano ButiQ
Supported by a  Grant  from  Norway,  Iceland,  Liechtenstein and  the  Romanian Government within Programme PA17/RO13 Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage

10th of February, 2016, Bucharest

Press Release
Evening of Roma Fairy Tales
Reading-Performance “The Great Shame”
Project Untold Stories – Povești nespuse

How do Roma people claim an identity? How can Roma people reclaim an identity when fundamental parts of their history remain untold and when the links between the past and the present are not being discussed? What are our stories? Who is telling the history? Whose history is being told and how?

 

The 20th of February is the 160th anniversary since the official abolition of slavery in Romania. This is a very important day in Romanian history, marking a crucial moment in the fight for justice in our country. A moment we invite you to celebrate together with us!

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We have decided to celebrate 160 years since the abolition of Roma slavery by organizing two events everybody is invited to. Entrance is free for both events! On Friday, the 19th of February at 6.30 PM, we will organize an Evening of Roma Fairy Tales at tranzit.ro. On Saturday, the 20th of February at 7 PM, the reading-performance ”The Great Shame” will have its premiere at Clubul Țăranului Român.

Both events are directed by Alina Şerban, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London (MA Theatre Lab programme) and Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. She is currently a supported artist by Tara Arts and Arts Council England. The aforementioned events are part of the project Untold Stories/Poveşti nespuse initiated by Alina Şerban and implemented with the help of the Romano ButiQ Association. The project Untold Stories/Poveşti nespuse promotes Roma history and cultural diversity and highlights marginalized Roma historical and cultural perspectives that are rarely in the spotlight. The website’s English version is regularly updated!

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On the 19th of February, the Evening of Roma Fairy Tales will give you the opportunity to listen to some of the stories included in the Collection Of Roma Fairy Tales, published on our website, directly from our very special storyteller, Auntie Veta. Auntie Veta will recount old fairy tales handed down from generation to generation. We hereby invite you to join us in reliving and recapturing the charm and magic of oral storytelling. All in the wonderful warm atmosphere of tranzit.ro!

On the 20th of February, the day that commemorates the abolition of Roma slavery will be marked through the premiere of the reading-performance ”The Great Shame”! The audience will be presented with a page from Romanian history that is conspicuously absent from the history textbooks, as well as from the discussions in our contemporary society. ”The Great Shame” reading-performance gravitates around the idea of shame – a historical shame regarding a past for which nobody has taken responsibility, personal shame regarding one’s identity and shame of standing in solidarity with the Roma people in our lives. We invite you to join us in a space particularly suited for such experiences, at Clubul Țăranului Român!

„Advised by the spirit of the age and by the laws of humanity, a number of boyars, both young and old, have taken measures to purge their country of the shameful stain of slavery.” (Mihail Kogălniceanu)

Contact
Crenguţa Mihăilă
Communications and media
povestinespuse@romanobutiq.ro

Website
www.povestinespuse.eu

Facebook Event
Evening of Roma Fairy Tales, 19th of February: https://www.facebook.com/events/1665410730399405/
The Great Shame, 20th of February: https://www.facebook.com/events/1098642240160226/

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Press Release – Launching Collection of Roma Fairy Tales

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Project Untold Stories
PA17/RO13-SP35/2015
Romano ButiQ
Supported by a  Grant  from  Norway,  Iceland,  Liechtenstein and  the  Romanian Government within Programme PA17/RO13 Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage

Press Release
Launching
Collection of Roma Fairy Tales
Project Untold Stories – Povești Nespuse

The project Untold Stories – Poveşti nespuse has published online a Collection of Roma Fairy Tales! This collection is available in three languages- Romanian, Romani and English.

The Collection of Roma Fairy Tales can be found here: http://povestinespuse.eu/en/resources/roma-fairy-tales/

The Roma stories in our collection have been gathered by Alina Şerban mainly from Auntie Veta, who has shared with us some of the Roma fairy tales that have been preserved orally throughout time. By passing down the stories from generation to generation, a community can conserve and popularize different expressions of that community’s imagination, identity and memory.

Through this Collection of Roma Fairy Tales, the project Untold Stories – Poveşti nespuse aims to raise awareness regarding the complexity and the history of Roma culture as well as to contribute to the reclaiming of the Roma cultural identity. Moreover, this online volume represents our contribution to the effort of disseminating Roma stories and of conserving the Roma folklore.

The diversity of Roma experiences is rendered invisible partly because only the ethnic majority’s vision of the world has been transmitted through stories. This is why we invite you to discover and together with us to bring to light yet another piece of Roma culture, that of fairy tales with houses made of salt, brave girls, merciful boys, resourceful children, dragons and emperors, in which injustices, adventures and courage are to be found equally. Enjoy your reading!

The project Untold Stories – Poveşti nespuse aims to promote the diversity of Roma culture and identity. The initiator of the project Untold Stories – Poveşti Nespuse is Alina Şerban, a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate, Roma actress, author and producer of theater plays and artistic productions.

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Press Release – Concerning the Launching Conference of the Project Povești Nespuse – Untold Stories

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Project Untold Stories
PA17/RO13-SP35/2015
Romano ButiQ
Supported by a  Grant  from  Norway,  Iceland,  Liechtenstein and  the  Romanian Government within Programme PA17/RO13 Promotion of Diversity in Culture and Arts within European Cultural Heritage

Press Release
Concerning the Launching Conference of the
Project
Povești Nespuse – Untold Stories

The Launching Conference of the Project Povești Nespuse-Untold Stories will take place at Café Boheme on Wednesday the 18th of November, at 15:00. The project aims to document and to promote Roma culture and identity. Another one of its goals is to raise awareness concerning the cultural and social history of the Roma population in Romania through artistic happenings and research, activities that will be presented during the Launching Conference.

The initiator of the Untold Stories – Poveşti Nespuse project is
Alina Şerban
a Royal Academy of Dramatic Art graduate
Roma actress, author and producer of theater plays and artistic productions

 Alina Şerban has initiated the project Untold Stories – Poveşti Nespuse, implemented with the support of the Romano ButiQ Association, in order to promote Roma history and cultural diversity and to raise awareness regarding reclaiming Roma culture and identity. How do we reclaim an identity? How can we reclaim an identity when fundamental parts of history remain untold and when the links between the past and the present are not being discussed? What are the roles we play in the struggle to reclaim an identity, in the continuing or the changing of some histories? What are our stories? Who is telling the history? Whose history is being told and how? When the only voice being heard is that of the ethnic majority and there are only a small number of artistic productions that talk about the Roma history and culture in Romania, we are faced with a situation that renders the diversity of Roma experiences invisible.

The project Untold Stories – Poveşti Nespuse endeavors to highlight marginalized Roma historical and cultural perspectives that are rarely in the spotlight. Through this project we popularize Roma stories and fairytales and we support the research of the 500-year-history of the Roma slavery in the Romanian Principalities, while at the same time emphasizing the links between past Roma slavery and the present-day marginalization. Moreover, our project promotes artistic productions that are centered on Roma history and perspective. During the Launching Conference we shall give a detailed presentation of the main activities in the project while at the same time encouraging open discussions on the different possible means of supporting them.