WHAT DOES ROMA ART MEAN TO US? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT THAT OUR ACTORS REPRESENT ROMA CULTURE THROUGH THEIR ART? 16 APRIL IS THE WORLD ROMA ACTORS DAY WHEN WE PAY TRIBUTE TO OUR ACTORS.
On the II. Romani World Congress in 1978 as a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, 16 April, his birthday, was declared the World Roma Actors Day. The Independent Theatre Hungary has been working for long to familiarise the Roma artists and their works of art with mainstream society.
Beginning from 2017, year by year, the Theatre has organised the one and only international theatre festival of the world that offers an opportunity for European Roma theatre companies and actors to present themselves. As part of the festival, we make in-depth interviews with the theatre professionals who share their thoughts frankly about the Roma, identity, their art and heroes. Visit our YouTube channel and listen to their stories.
In the present situation theatre has to face difficulties, just like many other sectors, so there’s a need to join forces and we need each-other to survive. Our latest production is the revival of the play Kosovo mon Amour in the form of the first covidist theatre video series in which our actors want to surprise the spectators from week to week.
THANK YOU FOR BEING THERE FOR EACH OTHER!
The portrait of Charlie Chaplin was also painted by Jozef Fečo, an amateur painter. As part of the project called ’Living books (word-image-voice)’ he created 13 portraits of world-famous people of Roma ancestry.