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Launch of the Roma Hiphop Web Archive

Launch of the Roma Hiphop Web Archive

On Ferbuary 6, 2012 we launched www.romahiphoparchive.org. The estabishment of the archive was preceded by a comprehensive research on Roma hiphop bands and performers. The archive collects video and music files, texts and their English translations, and a short introduction for each performance. Further, the web archive is built around a cultural studies blog on the same web surface. There is new content every day - as the website shall be complete by the end of February. This initiative is supported by the International Visegrad Fund. Our partners are the Gypsy Internet Radio (SK), SRNM (CZ), and Eastern Initiative Institute (PL).

Experiments with the Magyars: Associations of Identity across Geographies, 25-31 January 2012

Experiments with the Magyars: Associations of Identity across Geographies, 25-31 January 2012

Opening 24 January | 3.30pm
Inaugurated by Vivan Sundaram
 
Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre
1/A Janpath, New Delhi
 
Somnath Adamane, Imran Ali Khan, Liz Ballard, Tibor Balogh, Sachin Bonde, János Borsos, Prapti Chavanke, Lajos Csontó, Věra Duždová, Roland Farkas, Lada Gaziova, Tushar Joag, Szabolcs Kisspál, József Zé Kovács, Krisztián Kristóf, Simon Liddiment, Miklós Mécs, Avinash Motghare, Prasad Nikumbh, Szacsva Y Pál, Nandini Pantawane, Deepali Patkar, Madan Pawar, Justin Ponmany, N Pushpamala, Nikhil Raunak, Sharmila Samant, Priya Sawale, Alexander Schikowski, Hemant Shinde, Shambhavi Singh, Csaba Vándor, Tamás Zádor
 
The exhibition lays out a contemporary history of Hungary through the absurdist commentary of József Zé Kovács's graphic prints. Videos by artists of the FKSE (Studio of Young Artists Budapest) discuss minority culture within national identity as it traverses the European Union. Associations of identity that exceed the nation, such as cultural practices, or the experience of exclusion or displacement, across distant geographies of the world are explored: through the ritual of the maticoor from Bihar to the Caribbean in the work of Shambhavi Singh, the ubiquitous culture of global brands in the bottle-cap sarees of Sharmila Samant, in works from Tushar Joag's reversal of the historic travels of Fa-Hien and Hiuen Tsang, and in the commonalities of culture between the Romani of Europe and the Banjaras of India through two archives. Peti is a curated sculpture of prints, the word for the Indian harmonium and the Romani accordion, taking the shape of the instrument, and coming out of a workshop made with the artist Liz Ballard and artists of the Sir JJ School of Art. (Image: József Zé Kovács, Political Theater, 1984)
 
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Open Call for Applications: Roma Hiphop Archive, Deadline: February 5, 2012!

Open Call for Applications: Roma Hiphop Archive, Deadline: February 5, 2012!

With the support of the International Visegrad Fund, in partnership with Romano Hangos (Czech Republic), The Gypsy Internet Radio (Slovakia), and Eastern Initiative Institute (Poland) the European Roma Cultural Foundation-ERCF (www.romacult.org) is pleased to announce an
 
Open Call for Applications
for Hiphop musicians of Roma origin from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland.
 
We understand Roma Hiphop in a broad sense, including several popular music genres, such as Pop, R&B, Rap, Freestyle etc. Our goal is to focus on the elements of Roma empowerment, Roma pride and contemporary literature in Roma contemporary popular music.“Hiphop has become an uncompromising prism for critique, social and political analysis and representation of marginalized and underrepresented communities throughout the world.”*
It is now 30 years since its entrance onto the urban landscape and Hiphop continues to be supported, protected and scrutinized by the Roma. This is exactly the reason why this initiative aims to present the history of Roma hip-hop and to point out how after the 1980's Roma literature has taken over the popular genres and as a result Roma hip-hop became the main arena for the fight for equality, for Roma confidence and positive self image.
ERCF will curate a web archive: www.romahiphoparchive.org from the applications which will present the video and music files, the texts, and their English translations and an introduction for each group/band/performer.
All applications will be published on the Romahiphoparchive.org website!An international jury will choose the guest bands/performers for the night of the international conference for academics, cultural studies experts, Roma and non-Roma intellectuals and youth to be held on March 9-10 2012, in Budapest. The travel and accommodation expenses and honorarium will be paid to the invited performers.
APPLICATION:
All applicants are required to send their application
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NEW MEDIA IN OUR HANDS - Catalogue Publication

NEW MEDIA IN OUR HANDS - Catalogue Publication

ERCF publishes contemporary art catalogue: New Media in Our Hands – Roma New Media Artists in Central Europe. The catalogue documents the exhibition with the same title, curated by Sarolta Péli. It presents artists from Central Europe - Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - showing how Roma art is using developing technologies to explore its cultural, political and aesthetic possibilities. It offers a new reading for political and artistic actions, performances, non-profit and virtual activities in the contemporary artistic context. Image: cover of the catalogue, 2011.

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Cultural Richness and Ethnic Diversity in Europe –Conference of the Schleswig-Holstein Parliament

Cultural Richness and Ethnic Diversity in Europe –Conference of the Schleswig-Holstein Parliament

ERCF is invited to present at the Cultural Richness and Ethnic Diversity in Europe –Conference organized by the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Landtag on the 9th of June, 2011 at the Landeshaus, Kiel. The conference acknowledged that the “overall integration of the European Roma is an investment that is both inevitable and rewarding. It is not only a task for Eastern Europe, but it is a joint responsibility of the European institutions, the Member States as well as the regional and local authorities, which play a key role in the practical implementation of policies. The current  Hungarian EU Presidency aims at creating a European Roma policy. We dare to expect a European framework system of member states’ Roma inclusion policies by the end of the Hungarian Presidency’s term. Such a framework has to be implemented on the national, regional and local level. Consequently we have to ask how Roma culture can be protected and how a successful inclusion of Roma people can be achieved in practice.”


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