Today is International Roma Day, a day marked annually on 8th April.
It is a day to acknowledge & celebrate Romani people, history, languages and culture. It is also a day to highlight the discrimination faced by Romani people around the world; historically and today.
It is a day to remind those who are unfamiliar with these things, to take some time to learn. Here are a few things to get you started:
You can find the following on our downloads page*:
Debunking Myths & Revealing Truths about the Roma (European Network Against Racism)
Gyspy, Traveller & Roma: Experts by Experience (Angela Ruskin University)
We also have a small selection of books in our library – if you would like to borrow any of these, please get in touch*:
- We are the Romani people by Ian Hancock
- Bury Me Standing – The Gypsies and their Journey by Isabel Fonseca
- Hearing the Voices of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Communities – Inclusive Community Development Edited by Andrew Ryder, Sarah Cemlyn & Thomas Acton
Video from Migration Matters: ‘Where do Roma belong in European societies?’ (8m21s)
Video from Roma Support Group: ‘Just because of who I am’ (1m57s)
Follow the hashtag #InternationalRomaDay for many more links to resources and information.
Watch this space for information about the UK’s first ever Roma film festival, taking place in Govanhill this summer (with Romano Lav & Southside Film).
*these are just a very small selection of the many books & resources out there, please get in touch if you have suggestions of others that you would like to see included on our site/in our library