ROMA musicians, painters, and artisans will gather to share aspects of their culture in an event that showcases traditional and contemporary Slovak Roma life. The event will take place at the Open-Air Museum of the Slovak Village in Martin on Sunday June 15.
Entitled Te prindžarel pes (Let's Get to Know Each Other), the event will feature three Roma music and dance performances. The band called Rómka (Roma Woman) will put on a show called Why Are Roma Dark? followed by the Parnavo band from Krpeľany and Romano Suno from Žilina.
Roma artisans will demonstrate traditional crafts, such as brooch making, honey cake decoration, and woodcarving. Also, amateur painters from Detva will exhibit their works. Children can participate in a workshop on weaving traditional Roma textiles.
"This is the first time this event has taken place. That's why the programme is still a work in progress, and there might be more activities taking place when the time comes. Moreover, the whole happening is like a test - if it works out, we will continue with it in the future," says Gabriela Čižmáriková, an ethnographer at the Slovak National Museum (SNM) in Martin and one of the event's organisers.
The idea originated in the recently founded centre of Roma culture at the SNM in Martin. The centre, founded in January 2002, is just one part of the museum and functions alongside other centres focusing on the various ethnic groups that lived or still live in the area that is now Slovakia: the Carpathian Germans, Jews, Hungarians, Ruthenes, Ukrainians, Croatians, and Czechs.
The event starts at 10:00 and will last until 16:00. The Open-Air Museum of the Slovak Village covers 28 hectares in the Jahodnícke háje forest in Martin. For more information visit www.snm-em.sk (also in English) or call 043/4132-686.
9. Jun 2003 at 0:00