Cultural Resources for Roma Inclusion
A new project on "Cultural Resources for Roma inclusion" has been started thanks to a joint programme financed by the European Commission and the Council of Europe.
The project aims at replicating in 5 Roma settlements in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, "former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Hungary and Slovenia the model successfully implemented in Kamenci (Slovenia) where the Roma inhabitants have been supported in organizing and setting up a multidimensional cultural enterprise within their village through the valorization and reinterpretation of their cultural heritage (music, poetry, legends, gardening, etc.) and creating a museum of Roma heritage which attracted visitors and thus generated income. The Roma people will take part in all decision-making and will eventually manage the project themselves.
The project will contribute to the trust-building of Roma people and for the public to a better understanding of Roma culture and heritage which are pre-conditions for effective and sustainable inclusion. Roma culture and heritage represent an important development potential for Roma communities that so far have not been sufficiently exploited.
The integration of ancient and traditional cultural practices in Roma communities into a modern culture tourism offer also prevents the extinction of the heritage and thereby ensuring that a rich cultural bond between the past and the present is not lost. Roma cultural heritage also has an important potential for the development of modern cultural practices (with heritage elements).
During the feasibility phase (August 2012 to January 2013), financed by the Open Society Foundation, out of 30 Roma settlements approached for the project, five settlements have been selected on the basis of specific criterias. During the preparatory phase from April to December 2013 the participating settlements will proceed to the mapping of their potential cultural activities, resources, skill and facilities and prepare a detailed business plan and the identification of funding sources for the implementation phase which will start in 2014.