INTERNATIONAL ROMA FESTIVAL "ROMA-EMBER AGAINST RACISM" June 2014 Zürich, CH

TWO DAYS ROMA FESTIVAL "ROMA-EMBER AGAINST RACISM"

Alte Kaserne Zürich Switzerland, 20 and 21 June 2014

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International Roma Festival in Zürich CH presented

 by

Skullhead-management ZH and Soundmanöver ZH

"Roma-ember Against Racism"

21/21 June 2014, Alte Kaserne Zürich

 

In the whole world Roma and Sinti are discriminated against, they are persecuted and forced to live in ghettos and camps.

Politically as well as through "Gypsy music" and other art, we want to draw Europe's attention on the situation of Roma and Sinti, and turn this event into a signal for understanding.

 

PROGRAMME

LINEUP OF PARTICIPATING BANDS, ARTISTS AND SPEAKERS:

 

 

FRIDAY, 20.06.2014:

 

- HAPPY ol Mcweasel (Slovenia, CELTIC-PUNK) , confirmed 20.06

  (HEADLINER)

- ROMENGO, (Ungarn, WORLD MUSIC BASED ON AUTHENTIC ROMANI

  MUSIC), confirmed 20.0  (HEADLINER)

- INVASION BARBAR (Switzerland, GIPSYMUSIC), confirmed, 20.06 after

   21.30

- COSA POLSKA (Ungarn, LATIN & SWING MUSIC), confirmed, 20.06

  (HEADLINER)

- THE GUITAR MACHINE (Italy, JAZZ MANOUCHE), confirmed, 20.06

  (HEADLINER)

- THE NOZES (Switzerland, GYPSY-JAZZ), confirmed, 20.06

- SMOOLS (Switzerland, PUNK), confirmed, 20.06

- THE SIMCAZ, (Switzerland, PUNK), confirmed, 20.06

 

SATURDAY, 21.06.2014:

 

- SUKAR (Slovenia, GIPSYBAND), confirmed, 21.06 (HEADLINER)

- VERA BILA & KALE (Czech Republic, ROMANI FOLK & POP) confirmed, 21.06

  (HEADLINER)

- BLOOD OR WHISKEY (Ireland, CELTIC-PUNK), confirmed, 21.06

  (HEADLINER)

- BARB WIRE DOLLS (USA, PUNK), confirmed, 21.06 (HEADLINER)

- THE GOODBYE JOHNNYS (Switzerland, PUNKROCK), confirmed, 21.06

- GURUS OF NOW and special support CHRIS MORE                               

  (Switzerland, GRUNCH-INDIE-PUNK), confirmed, 21.06

- THE SENILS (Switzerland, PUNK), confirmed, 21.06

- I-PUNKT, (Switzerland GAGA-SKA), confirmed, 21.06

 

 

SATURDAY, 21.06.2014: STAGE DISCUSSION: 14H – 17H:

 

- Dr. Thomas Huonker, historian, Switzerland

- Agnès Daróczi, writer, reseacher Roma Holocaust, Roma activist, Hungary

- Eszter Pásztor, Manager Bódvalenke Fresco Village, Hungary

- Omar Bhatia, painter, Roma rights activist, UK

- Andrijano Dzeladin, owner and CEO of Sutka City TV, France

- Christian Mehr, musician, Festval organizer, Switzerland

- Els de Groen, writer, World Artists Initiative "Khetanes", Netherlands

- Luzian Ochsner, historian, Moderator Stage Discussion, Switzerland

 

 

MIXED MEDIA ROMA ART PERFORMANCE:

RJS art Kollektiv (Switzerland), confirmed, 21.06, 30 min.

 

 

DJ:

TONY TANZBEIN, confirmed, 20.06 AND 21.06 AB 2H - END

OTTO VON OHR, confirmed, 20.06 AND 21.06 AB 2H - END

ROCKGITANIO, confirmed, 20.06 AND 21.06 AB 2H - END

CHRIS-MORE, confirmed, 20.06 AND 21.06 AB 2H - END

WEBSITES BANDS:

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20LINKS%20BANDS.pdf

WEBSITES SPEAKERS:

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20LINKS%20SPEAKERS.pdf


 

GOALS OF THE FESTIVAL:

  • Benefit concerts for the Hungarian village "Bódvalenke" in order to promote its international Roma Fresco art, painted on the walls of the houses of the villagers. The Festival also hosts an exhibition of Fresco photos.  Moreoreover we want to financially support the village infrastructure, so that Bódvalenke can  further develop into a model of Roma's and Sinti's own power, art and vitality

  • Sending a political wake-up call to Europe about the awful and inhumane situation of Roma and Sinti, in Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, France, Switzerland, etc. The importance of the speakers' forum is a lively debate that clearly points out that this Festival is not enough and that, also afterwards, we will have to keep up the political struggle. The past has never stopped;  the past is present in everyday life and threatens the future.

 

 

MANY THANKS TO ALL CONTRIBUTORS. THANK YOU VERY MUCH, WITHOUT YOU THIS COULD NOT BE REALISED. CHRISTIAN MEHR, SKULLHEAD-MANAGEMENT, ZH, Roma Switzerland

Activity account:

Migros Bank

Limmatplatz,

VERMERK: ROMA-FESTIVAL ZH 2014, BENEFIZ

IBAN: CH74 0840 1000 0565 64147

SWIFT CODE:

MIGRCHZZ80A

Account number: 80-533-6

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PRESS RELEASE ENGLISH, MAY 2014

Press Release

“Roma-Ember Against Racism”

20/21 June 2014, Alte Kaserne Zürich

First International Roma Festival in Zürich

 

On 20 and 21 June, the first International Roma Festival will take place in Zürich, Switzerland. With concerts, a huge photo-exhibition on the Fresco Village Bódvalenke and a discussion on stage with speakers from various countries, our aim is to strike out on a new course. A course of solidarity with persecuted Roma all over Europe, and a course against racism that also occurs in Switzerland.

In the past, many European countries have issued of lot of laws and orders against Roma. In France, this has led to forced evictions of Romanian Roma and in numerous cantons and cities in Switzerland, official bans on begging have been posted. In Italy, pogrom-like persecutions took place and in Hungary, Roma have even been killed in open violence. In many parts of Europe, Roma, Sinti and Yenish sail against an intensified racist wind of discrimination – millions keep on being outlawed as “zigeuner”. For minorities labeled like this, the harm is more serious than “only” a social stigma. It means first and foremost that they are consistently put at a disadvantage. In almost all European countries, Roma have poorer access to education, healthcare and the job market. They have a higher infant mortality and a shorter life expectance than the average population.

Also from a cultural point of view, we can observe a radical stigmatization. In recent years, the caricature of begging Roma with an unkempt appearance, who migrate in “hordes”, has been further blown up and perpetuated by the media.

The Roma Festival in Zürich aims to be a platform where Roma and non-Roma experts, in a stage discussion, will confer together on the recent situation in Europe to open up new perspectives. The role of participating artists is an important one. With their creativity and original working approaches, as well as with their readiness to perform benefit-concerts, they want to show politicians how to turn Europe into a house for all people.

LINKS:

www.skullhead.ch

www.soundmanoever.com

http://www.altekaserne.com/

 

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DEUTSCHER TEXT:

Internationales Romafestival in Zürich CH präsentiert

 von

SKULLHEAD-MANAGEMENT ZH UND SOUNDMANÖVER ZH

„Roma-Ember Against Racism“

20/21 Juni 2014, Alte Kaserne Zürich

 

Roma und Sinti werden auf der ganzen Welt diskriminiert, verfolgt und gezwungen in Ghettos und Lagern zu leben.
Wir wollen Europa
politisch sowie mit „Gipsy  music“ und anderer Kunst auf die Lage des Volkes Roma und Sinti aufmerksam machen und ein Zeichen für das Verständnis setzten.

 

PROGRAMMA

LINEUP VON BETEILIGTEN BANDS, KUENSTLERN UND SPRECHERN:

 

 

FREITAG, 20.06.2014:

 

HAPPY ol Mcweasel (Slovenia, CELTIC-PUNK), bestätigt 20.06 (HEADLINER)

- ROMENGO, (Ungarn, WORLD MUSIC BASED ON AUTHENTIC ROMANI

  MUSIC), bestätigt 20.06  (HEADLINER)

- INVASION BARBAR (Schweiz, GIPSYMUSIC), bestätigt FREITAG, 20.06

  nach 21.30

COSA POLSKA (Ungarn, LATIN & SWING MUSIK), bestätigt, 20.06

  (HEADLINER)

- THE GUITAR MACHINE (Italy, JAZZ MANOUCHE), bestättigt, 20.06

  (HEADLINER)

- THE NOZES (Schweiz), GYPSY-JAZZ), bestätigt, 20.06

- SMOOLS (Schweiz), PUNK), bestätigt, 20.06

- THE SIMCAZ (Schweiz, PUNK), bestätigt, 20.06

 

SAMSTAG, 21.06.2014:

 

- SUKAR (Slowenien, GYPSYBAND), bestätigt 21.06 (HEADLINER)

- VERA BILA & KALE (Tschechien, ROMANI FOLK & POP), 21.06

  (HEADLINER)

- BLOOD OR WHISKEY (Irland, CELTIC-PUNK), bestätigt. 21.06 (HEADLINER)

- BARB WIRE DOLLS (Vereinigten Staaten, PUNK), bestätigt, 21.06

  (HEADLINER)

- THE GOODBYE JOHNNYS (Schweiz, PUNKROCK), bestätigt, 21.06

- GURUS OF NOW and special support CHRIS MORE

  (Schweiz, GRUNCH-INDIE-PUNK), bestätigt, 21.06

- THE SENILS (Schweiz, PUNK), bestätigt, 21.06

- I-PUNKT, (Schweiz, GAGA-SKA), bestätigt, 21.06

 

SAMSTAG, 21.06.2014: POLIT-FORUM: 14H – 17H:

 

- Dr. Historiker Thomas Huonker, Schweiz,

- Agnès Daróczi, Schrifstellerin, reseacher Roma Holocaust, Roma Aktivistin,

  Ungarn

- Eszter Pásztor, Manager Bódvalenke Fresco Village, Ungarn

- Omar Bhatia, Maler, Roma rights activist, UK

- Andrijano Dzeladin, Gründer und CEO von Sutka City TV, Frankreich

- Christian Mehr, Musiker, Festival Veranstalter, Schweiz

- Els de Groen, Schriftstellerin, World Artists Initiative "Khetanes", Niederlande

- Luzian Ochsner, Historiker, Moderator Podiumsgespräch, Schweiz

 

 

ROMAKUNST DARBIETUNG:

RJS art Kollektiv (Schweiz), bestätigt, 21.06, 30 Min.

 

 

DJ:

TONY TANZBEIN, bestätigt, 20.06 UND 21.06 AB 2H - END

OTTO VON OHR, bestätigt, 20.06 UND 21.06 AB 2H - END

ROCKGITANIO, bestätigt, 20.06 UND 21.06 AB 2H - END

CHRIS-MORE, bestätigt, 20.06 UND 21.06 AB 2H - END

WEBSITES DER BANDS:

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20LINKS%20BANDS.pdf

WEBSITES SPRECHER:

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20LINKS%20SPEAKERS.pdf

Ziele des Festivals:

 

  1. Benefiz Geld zu sammeln für das Ungarische Dorf „Bódvalenke“  um ihre internationale Fresko Romakunst zu fördern, gemalt auf den Häusern der Bewohner. Eine Bilderausstellung der Fresken ist Teil des Festivals. Auch werden wir für Infrastrucktur Hilfeleistung geben, damit Bódvalenke sich weiter entwickeln kann  als ein Modell der eigener Kraft, Kunst und Vitalität von Roma und Sinti.

 

  1. Europa politisch aufmerksam zu machen über die grauenvolle unhumanitäre Lage der Romas, in Ungarn, Rumänien, Slowakei, Frankreich, Schweiz ecta. Das wichtigste an dem Podiumsgespräch ist eine Bewegende Diskussion zu realisieren um das Zeichen zu setzten dass es nicht nur dieses Festival braucht sondern dass der Politische Kampf nachhaltig weiter geht. Die Vergangenheit hat nie aufgehört; sie manifestiert sich in dem Alltag und bedroht die Zukunft.

 

 

MIT GROSSEM DANK AN ALLE MITWIRKENDEN. DANKE, OHNE EUCH WÄRE DIES NICHT MÖGLICH. CHRISTIAN MEHR, SKULLHEAD-MANAGEMENT zh, Roma Switzerland

SPENDEN KONTO:

Migros Bank

Limmatzplatz

Vermerk: ROMA-FESTIVAL ZH 2014, BENEFIZ

IBAN: CH74 0840 1000 0565 64147

SWIFT CODE: MIGRCHZZ80A 

POSTCHECKKONTO: 80-533-6

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MEDIENMITTEILUNG DEUTSCH, MAY 2014

 

Medienmitteilung

 

„Roma-Ember Against Racism“

20/21 Juni 2014, Alte Kaserne Zürich

Erstes Internationales Romafestival in Zürich

 

Am 20. und 21. Juni findet in Zürich das erste internationale Romafestival in der Schweiz statt. Mit Konzerten, einer riesenhaften Fotoausstellung über das Freskendorf Bódvalenke und einer Podiumsdiskussion  soll ein Zeichen gesetzt werden: Ein Zeichen der Solidarität mit den noch immer in grossen Teilen Europas verfolgten Roma und gegen den auch in der Schweiz existierenden Rassismus.

 

In den vergangenen Jahren wurde in vielen Ländern Europas eine grosse Zahl an Gesetzen und Verfügungen gegen Roma erlassen: In Frankreich kam es zu Zwangsausschaffungen von rumänischen Roma und in  zahlreichen Kantonen und Städten der Schweiz wurden Bettelverbote verhängt. In Italien kam es zu pogromartigen Verfolgungen und in Ungarn sogar zu offener Gewalt mit Todesfolgen.

Roma, Sinti und Jenischen weht in weiten Teilen Europas  ein erstarkter rassistischer Wind der Diskriminierung entgegen - Millionen werden  noch immer als “Zigeuner“ verfemt. Dieses Etikett bedeutet für die betroffenen Minderheiten mehr als „nur“ ein Leben in Stigmatisierung. Vielmehr hängt damit auch eine Realität der konsequenten sozialen Benachteiligung zusammen. In praktisch allen europäischen Ländern verfügen Roma über einen schlechteren Zugang zu Bildung, zur Gesundheitsversorgung, zum Arbeitsmarkt und haben eine höhere Kindersterblichkeitsrate und eine kürzere Lebenserwartung als der Durchschnitt der Bevölkerung.

Auch in kultureller Hinsicht existiert noch immer eine tief greifende Stigmatisierung. Das Zerrbild der verwahrlosten und bettelnden Roma, welche in ganzen „Horden“ migrieren würden, wurde in den letzten Jahren medial weiter aufgebauscht und zementiert.

Das Romafestival in Zürich will eine Plattform bieten, um im Rahmen der Podiumsdiskussion gemeinsam mit  Roma und nicht-Roma Expert_innen die jüngsten Entwicklungen in Europa zu diskutieren und Perspektiven zu entwickeln.

Die Rolle der anwesenden Künstler_innen ist bedeutungsvoll. Mit ihrer Kreativität, ihrem originellen Schaffen sowie den Benefizkonzerten möchten sie Politiker_innen aufzeigen, wie man aus Europa ein Haus für alle Menschen macht.

LINKS:

www.skullhead.ch

www.soundmanoever.com

http://www.altekaserne.com/

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June 2014, texts for media in various languages:

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20ROMANI.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20ENGLISH.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20GERMAN.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20ITALIAN.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20FRENCH.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20BULGARIAN.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20HUNGARIAN.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20DUTCH.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20SERBIAN.pdf

Roma-Ember%20Against%20Racism%2C%20CZECH.pdf

FLYER IN GERMAN AND ENGLISH:

POSTER:

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ABOUT BODVALENKE:

The Fresco Village of Bódvalenke in Hungary, close to the border with Slovakia, is beneficiary of the International Romafestival "Roma-ember Against Racism".

Last year, 2013, Omar Bhatia from UK, came over to Bódvalenke, and made there this beautiful mural

One more new mural was made by Katharina Pollock from Germany. The mural right is called "Blessings from India"

How is Bódvalenke today?

Quotes from Eszter Pásztor, manager of the project:

In 2014 the village has 33 frescoes. The Fresco Village Project was launched in 2009. The basic idea was to invite Roma painters to paint murals on the walls of this extremely poor, 90% Roma village in the most underdeveloped region in Hungary.

Goals: globally, to win the appreciation of the majority population through the works of art that the Roma minority can also be proud of and thereby contribute to the social inclusion of the Roma; locally, by creating a tourist attraction, to provide a framework for job creation relying, to a large extent, on tourism, and for community building, children's programs, etc.

So far, 33 murals have been completed and the village has won fame and appreciation, witnessed also by the international press (Reuters, BBC, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Gulf Times, ORF, Der Standard, Al Jazeera, ART TV, etc.). We set up a social cooperative; there is a Waldorf teacher to work with the children; we run a "telehouse"; our Women's Choir was invited even to Brussels, to the European Parliament.

A success story, or...?

The main and most faithful financial supporter, the Hungarian Reformed Church Aid, cannot satisfy all the needs: e.g. running water in all the houses or a good sewer system...

Eszter: "Tourism has started and it already contributes to the livelihood of the locals (women cooking for tourists, local artisans selling their goods), but we still lack the basis infrastructure to really enable the village to make a living out of tourism."

Thanks to the Fresco Village Project, the children of Bódvalenke now attend primary school and also follow secondary education, but in winter the food at home is poor and the houses are cold. Yet there are plenty of viable plans to employ all villagers (in energy, agricultural and tourist projects). There are also available funds, but for any reason whatsoever these do not reach the village.

The proceeds from the benefit concerts will reach Bódvalenke. They will be handend over personally by the organizer, Christian Mehr!

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Comment by Andrea B. on February 28, 2014 at 10:27

What a great event. Please do not hesitate to contact me in case you would like to invite Roma band/musicians also from Czech Republic. We have outstanding talents here. My email is andrea.prague@seznam.cz. With kind regards

Andrea

Comment by Stoimen on March 1, 2014 at 12:50

Thank you very much, Andrea!

Comment by KristinaLisa <Tinari * Tina B> on March 3, 2014 at 19:53

Within this Khetanes site, you can now go to Visual Arts and Painting group's new discussion "FAQ on Bódvalenke Fresco Village" for answers to frequently asked questions about the village.

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