Route of Roma Culture and Heritage in Slovenia
ethnographic museum (SEM) in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, was founded in 1923. A museum with collections of national and European significance testifying particularly to the traditional culture in territories inhabited by Slovenes as well as to everyday life, especially of the rural population. It is also a museum with some equally important collections originating outside Europe.
Through its annual round of exhibitions and other events and through its rich educational programme and publications, it presents and reports on traditional culture and minorities in Slovenia and the culture of some other of the world's peoples, on the material heritage of both everyday and festive life, and on the intangible heritage of knowledge, values, skills, wisdom and creativity.
The tradition of the research of the Roma and Sinti communities in Slovenia extends into the early 60-ies with the field work research and collecting of objects by Dr. Pavla Štrukelj, a museum curator. In the mid 90-ies the SEM
organised celebration of the International Roma day on each
April 8th with different manifestations, e.g. lectures, photo
exhibitions, round tables...
In June 2008 the SEM joined the Council of Europe initiative and became partner in the Route of Roma Culture and Heritage Project. On November 17th, 2008, the SEM organised the official event starting the campaign against prejudices towards the Roma and Sinti in Slovenia entitled DOSTA! (ENOUGH!) in cooperation with the Information Office of the Council of Europe in Slovenia and Slovenia’s Office for National Minorities. And in April 2009 SEM, together with RAK , (Roma Academic Club) and ZULK (Association of creative people in culture).
NGOs from Murska Sobota and Maribor started the 1st Festival of Roma culture called Romano chon / Romski mesec in Slovenia. Exhibitions, lectures, music, dance, theatre, puppet shows and work-shops, films, poetry, language and circus work-shops attracted more then two thousand visitors. The festival will become part of the Route of Roma Culture and Heritage Project.
Thus the Slovene ethnographic museum seeks to foster knowledge and appreciation of world ethnological heritage and fights against discrimination, prejudice and stereotypes.