In 2011 for first time Center Amalipe organized ”Roma Pride” campaign, part of a European initiative Egham (European Civil antiracist movement) “Roma Pride”. The campaign was organized under the slogan “My dream for Bulgaria - to learn and live together”. In 2012 Centre “Amalipe” is organizing the same campaign under the same motto. The campaign will be held throughout the country, as it will involve hundreds of students, teachers and citizens. The campaign will be organized by the Centers for Community Development – Amalipe, which are structures formed in 11 municipalities in eight districts.
The campaign in Bulgaria is part of the Roma Pride campaign, which will take place in most countries of the European Union on October 7 (Denmark, France, Portugal, Italy, Croatia, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as Norway, Serbia Montenegro, Ukraine and Turkey). A coordinator for the bulgarian campaign is Center Amalipe and the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. The events will be held from 4 to 8 October.
Veliko Tarnovo district: As expected the biggest events will take place in district Veliko Tarnovo between 4 and 8 of October.2012. . Roma Pride Film Fest will take place in the old capital of Bulgaria with the support of the French Embassy in Bulgaria, the organization VT EVENTS and Melon live club - “Summer Art. Different movies on Roma themes will be shown within the festival. The first day of screenings is dedicated to issues related to the interaction between Roma people and the majority of the society. The second day is dedicated to domestic issues in the community, and the last – to the Roma traditions and customs. Films from France, USA, Romania, Bulgaria will be shown within the festival. The film festival will start on 5th of October at 16:00 o clock (4 pm) with screenings and discussions in art club “Hedgehog” (Taralej). Later, the same day, at 21:30 (9.30 pm) on the stage of “Art Summer” the program will continue with “Karandila-Juniororchestra concert.” The film screenings during the three days will be held in Club “Hedgehog”(Taralej) at 16:00 (4 pm) and continue until 20:00 (8pm) with discussion. For more information visit the web site:http://vtfilmfest.wordpress.com/
In Strazhitsa on the 05.10.2012 in the Municipality will be held an exhibition of Roma crafts and traditional Roma wedding dowry. An exhibition of paintings, Bulgarian national costumes, Roma and Turkish traditional costumes ,old fabrics and towels will be held in the village of Ledenik.Volunteers will demonstratethe techniques of kalaidisvane of a pot and will present of traditional Roma Kalaydzhiyska engagement. Children from the village will sing and dance traditional Bulgarian and Roma and Turkish songs and dances. In the village of Vodoley on October 5, 2012 in front of the City Hall has been organized an exhibition of old products – damadjani (large bottles) and bowls, woven house slippers, scarves for prayer which are specific for this area and traditional Roma costumes. In Kaltinets neighborhood, Gorna Oryahovitsa municipality on October 6, 2012, at “Amalipe ” local club and community center “Probuda” will be held an exhibition of postcards, drawings, wickerwork, articles of Burgudjii Roma group, aprons and headscarves which are specific for the group Burgudjii. In Pavlikeni on October 5, in the National Cultural Center “Bratstvo”(“Brotherhood”) and Center for Community Development ,Pavlikeni will be shown an exhibition of old utensils, dishes, tools and traditional costumes representing the lifestyle of different ethnic groups in the municipality.
The events in Veliko Tarnovo district will be organized by the Centers for Community Development in Pavlikeni, Strazhitsa and Veliko Tarnovo, as well as Amalipe local clubs formed in the villages of these municipalities.
Sofia Region: In the town of Dolna Banya will be held the contest “Roma celebrations today”.The participants are children from grades 1-4, who this week will be drawing pictures representing Roma holidays. On October 5th 2012, these paintings will be shown at the exhibition and most creative paintings will be awarded.
In Etropole Municipality on October 5, 2012 at 14 o’clock (2pm) in the Hall of the library will be presented a diverse cultural program by children and young people from Etropole. The visitors will have the opportunity to see how polenta is prepared and to enjoy a variety of traditional dishes.
Stara Zagora district : In the town of Radnevo a competition for the best painting, under the slogan “My Roma holidays” is being organized. The participants will be students of Roma and Bulgarian origin between 1-4 grade. With the help of their teachers, they will draw the best known festivals in the Roma community and a special jury will determine the winners.
Pleven district: In the town of Knezha, which is known for the large number of Roma students going to Bulgarian universities in recent years, will be shown exhibition of univerisity diplomas of Roma people. The diploma holders will share their experiences during the exhibition.
Shumen district: In the town of Novi Pazar on October 5 in the lobby of the municipality building will be presented traditional items, paintings made by children, culinary surprises, items from the Art workshop at the Center for Community Development, Novi Pazar, and of course songs dances from the Roma, Bulgarian and Turkish folklore.
Vratsa: In Byala Slatina on 5 October at 14.00 (2 pm) in the Central Exhibition Hall will be presented an exhibition of paintings, symbolizing Roma lifestyle. In addition, the visitors will have the opportunity to see how traditional Roma dishes are prepared.
Burgas district: In the town of Kameno on October 5 at the Center for Community Development - Kameno will be shown exhibition of paintings made by children, traditional costumes and items made in the workshops at Art Center. There will be presented a various program of songs, scenes and dances.
Pazardzhik disctrict: In the town of Peshtera on October 6th at the Art Gallery will be shown the works of Roma students and activists Center for Community Development, town of Peshtera. There will be presented awards to outstanding athletes, who are Peshtera natives as well as clothes, costumes, traditional costumes and items made by local craftsman
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