ČERVENÝ Kameň, near the town of Modra-Častá, hosted a Roma bashavel, a traditional celebration, in Šariš dialect, on August 14 with an afternoon featuring preparation of Roma meals, theatre performance and other interactive presentations of Roma culture such as dance and art workshops. The evening atmosphere was enlivened with concerts by Roma groups such as the Cigánski Diabli (Gypsy Devils) as well as Gipsy.cz, Monika Rigová, Jaro Bekr and the dance group Spin vs Partia. Children from the civic association Divé Maky (Field Poppies), which supports young Roma talent, held a programme to celebrate the famous musical and movie “Gypsy Camp Goes to Heaven”.
The programme manager of Divé Maky, Lucia Dohnalová, said the Roma bashavel was a highlight of the 3rd year of its Summer Academy. “Summer Academy is a traditional summer camp, where children intensely develop their talents along with professional artists,” she explained to the SITA newswire. She said that artists such as Ladislav Cmorej, Laďa Gažiová, Ivan Berky-Dušík, Monika Rigová, Monika Kompániková, and Petra Polnišová took part in the academy.
Talented Roma children are chosen by an expert committee through auditions. The programme begins with each school year and each participant has his own regional tutor. This year 47 children were included, along with 10 tutors. Divé Maky will open the new school year in September with 74 children.
17. Aug 2009 at 0:00 | Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská