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International Roma Festival began in Bratislava on Wednesday

A fashion show and music performances opened the 6th annual International Gypsy Fest in Bratislava's Stará Tržnica marketplace (now used as culture hub) on the evening of Wednesday, July 31. Top-notch Roma artists are involved in the programme, which runs until Aug. 3. Aside from traditional gypsy music, artists representing a variety of genres like gitano flamenco, Balkan music and rom-pop are also set to give performances. Also on display will be exhibitions of photographs devoted to the Roma, a Slovakia-wide theatre workshop and - as a new feature of this year's festival - a parade of all the performers in traditional Roma costumes across the centre of Bratislava. An international gathering of Roma youth is also slated to take place.

A fashion show and music performances opened the 6th annual International Gypsy Fest in Bratislava's Stará Tržnica marketplace (now used as culture hub) on the evening of Wednesday, July 31.

Top-notch Roma artists are involved in the programme, which runs until Aug. 3. Aside from traditional gypsy music, artists representing a variety of genres like gitano flamenco, Balkan music and rom-pop are also set to give performances. Also on display will be exhibitions of photographs devoted to the Roma, a Slovakia-wide theatre workshop and - as a new feature of this year's festival - a parade of all the performers in traditional Roma costumes across the centre of Bratislava. An international gathering of Roma youth is also slated to take place.

This year's event will see expert seminars devoted to Roma youth, with the Roma Holocaust given a pre-eminent place, the TASR newswire wrote. The festival is aimed at presenting the richness and variety of Roma culture and traditions and to contribute towards integrating the Roma into society and enhancing a multicultural society.

(Source: TASR)
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