Stories wanted!

Stories wanted!

Roma Heroes During the Time of the Covid

We are European Roma/Traveller theater artists, who work on putting in focus the untold stories of our community members. Now we work on an online video series inspired by the stories of Roma/Traveler people, who reacted with activity and solidarity on the numerous challenges we faced in the last few month.

There are a lot of challenges we had in these months like:

  • Closing the schools, online education, staying home the children 
  • Losing jobs or any other challenges regarding work
  • Losing houses or locked down together in very small flats with other people
  • Challenges regarding health services
  • Losing the freedom of movement during lock down
  • Discrimination even stronger than in general
  • Many other things

If you know any heroes of these times, who did something relevant during these hash times, helped people, or find out some innovative solution, who started to do something new etc – please, let us know.

The hero of the story could have been someone from your family, friends, colleagues or community members. And it can be also you.

If you want that the stories of this hero will be remembered – just send a couple of sentences about the story for the following address:

The real stories will be bases of inspiration, but the final art product won’t name any of the heroes and won’t use the stories in their original version in order not disturbing the life of any of the heroes.

We are waiting for your stories latest till the 3rd July.

Online Workshop on Fund Raising for Roma Theaters

Online Workshop on Fund Raising for Roma Theaters

Invitation to Online Workshop on Fund Raising for Roma Theater’s Professionals

Do you have challenges related gaining fund for your work? Sometimes you don’t find funds, which could be relevant for your aims? You don’t always know how to present your activities in a way, which will be convincing for potential supporters? Would you like to know more about good practices of your peers around Europe?

We are glad to invite European professionals of Roma theaters to a series of online workshops on Fund Raising and project planning – between the 25th June and 10th July.

The workshop is organized based on the requests of European Roma theaters researched by the initiators of Network of European Roma Theaters done by the Independent Theater Hungary, the ARTHUB Bucharest, the Romance Theater, Kiev and the Romano Svato Theater, Vienna.

In the workshop one will interact with trainers, grant programs and sponsors representatives, get an overview on fund sources in Europe and good practice study cases. 

We will focus during the online workshop according to the level of experience of the participants related to fund raising the following topics:

How to create successful and appealing project plans and present them to potential supporters?

Main fund sources for art in Europe and adapting them to Roma Theaters’  needs

List of main types of supporters, and their priorities

How to start crowd-sourcing campaigns and involve audiences in the funding processes

Which are the good practices and lessons learnt of the other Roma theaters?

If you are interested to participate in the 3 times 2 hour long online workshops (the language of it will be English) – and have relevant free time in the period between the 25th June and 10th July, apply for the online workshop and be an active member of the European Roma Theaters – as together we can be stronger than alone! The workshop will be hold by experts experienced on fund raising for cultural/Roma projects on domestic and international level, and also worked as fund operators.

Deadline of application: 18th June. – The earlier applicants will have advantage during the selection of participants. The limit of participants is: 10 persons. You can apply here!

We encourage colleagues of Roma theaters who are active in fund raising and management, or who want to start such activities now to apply for the workshop. Colleagues who are only involved in artistic work and have no plans to work on the field of fund raising will be invited in the future for artistic workshop.

We will inform the applicants latest on the 21st June about the final dates of the workshops.

In case you have any further question don’t hesitate to contact us:

Independent Theater Hungary; ARTHUB, Bucharest; Romance Theater, Kiev; Romano Svato Theater, Vienna

Roma Heroes Retrospective Series

Roma Heroes Retrospective Series

European Roma plays online

Independent Theater Hungary launches an on-line series starting on 11 June 2020 and presents a European Roma theatre performance each week. The theatrical company has been organising the only international Roma theatre festival of the world for years. Responding to the current situation in a unique way, Independent Theater makes the festival performance videos available on its video sharing portal. The first piece, The Hardest Word by Richard O’Neill will be available from 11 June 2020 (21 p.m.).

The aim of Independent Theater Hungary is to show the artistic and thematic diversity of Roma theatre. In the forthcoming three months, twelve video recordings of notable festival performances from the past years will be presented. Each Thursday at 21 p.m. a new Roma play will be made available for a week on the official YouTube channel of the Theater.

Even though there have been Roma theatres for more than 100 years in Europe, and nowadays there are numerous active and inspiring Roma theatre companies in several counties, there’s hardly any possibility to get to know them unless you visit the Roma Heroes International Festival or watch our retrospective series online. The series unveils the varied but unknown face and fate of the Roma people beginning from the world of the British Travellers to the Roma heroines of the Spanish Civil War, from the inhabitants of present-day Italian Gipsy settlements to the young Roma people facing unusual challenges in Romania.

‘Through these stories we can get hold of a lot of knowledge regarding the past and present of the different European societies. If we find the hero in the other person and in ourselves, we can finally understand each-other and can feel able to shape our world. Roma theatre, as part of the cultural heritage, has an important role.’ – said Rodrigó Balogh, the artistic director of Independent Theater Hungary. The IV. Roma Heroes International Theatre Festival will be held again, in October 2020.  Based on the dramas and performance recordings collected during the past years, the Theater will create a digital archive with the purpose to make the values of Roma theatre available for the future generations.


Beside the performance videos, various interviews made with Roma theatre makers and actors will also be shared with the public.

The performances are in their original language with Hungarian and English subtitles.

The first play can be seen on 11 June 2020 at 21:00 p.m.

Where? On the YouTube channel of Independent Theater Hungary


Roma Heroes Project

Independent Theatre Hungary, beginning from 2017, organises the only international Roma theatre festival of the world annually. Many Roma theatre companies and artists attend the festival from several countries of Europe each year. We want to draw attention to the values of Roma theatre, the situation in which our Roma communities live, focusing on the challenges many value driven people and Roma heroes must face. The performances are also disseminated at out workshops by the participating young people and our experienced trainers. The plays also became part of the university curriculum at different universities of Budapest. The Theater launched the first Roma drama collection of the world based on the festival performances, and set up an exhibition from the portraits of Roma theatre makers. For further details, please visit:


Performance videos of the retrospective series in order of appearance:

Richard O’Neill – The Hardest Word: in Hungarian with English subtitles on June 11, 2020 21:00 p.m.

The play is about the campaign of the Scottish Traveller writer, Jess Smith who demands an apology from the Prime Minister for the injustices done to Scottish Travellers in the past.


Mihaela Drăgan – Tell Them about Me: in Romanian with English and Hungarian subtitles on June 18, 2020 21:00 p.m.

Through the stories of different Gipsy women living in Romania the play deals with the problem of early marriages.


Zdrava Kamenova, Kalin Angelov – Gipsy Wheels: in Bulgarian with English and Hungarian subtitles on June 25, 2020 21:00 p.m.

With a touch of humour, the performance explores the struggles of a young Roma woman coming from a Bulgarian ghetto who is in search for her self-acceptance and identity.


Jaime E. Vicent Bohórquez, Sonia Carmona Tapia – With Profound Dignity: in Spanish with English and Hungarian subtitles on July 2, 2020 21:00 p.m.

The play is a tribute to Emilia Fernández Rodríguez, the first Roma woman beatified in 2017, and to Gabriela Ortega Gómez, the first Roma performer with an academic qualification ever.


Alex Fifea, David Schwartz – You Didn’t See Anything! in Romanian with English and Hungarian subtitles on July 9, 2020 21:00 p.m.

The piece depicts the social processes and the justice system by showing the reasons behind the death of a Roma boy.


Michael Collins – It’s a cultural thing. Or is it?: in English with Hungarian subtitles on July 16  21:00 p.m.

The piece is about the past of the travelling Gipsies, the Travellers living in Ireland.


Sebastiano Spinella – Children of the Wind: in English with Hungarian subtitles on July 23, 2020 21:00 p.m.

This is the story of the young people living in the ghettos of Italy, on whom everybody has given up, except for Sebastiano.


Márton Illés – Chameleon Girl: in Hungarian with English subtitles on July 30, 2020 21:00 p.m.

The play is about a young Roma girl who must make the hardest decision of her life.


Giuvlipen Theatre Company –Who Killed Szomna Grancsa?: in Romanian with English and Hungarian subtitles on August 6, 2020 21:00 p.m.

With the help of the performance we can get a glimpse at the life of a brave, young girl, first from her village ever to go to secondary school, who fights for the truth to the bitter end.


Rodrigó Balogh – Shoddies: in Hungaran with English subtitles on August 13, 2020 21 p.m.

We can see young people on stage who want to show the chaos of the health care system, their own traumas and prejudices, this way raising the question: what can we, as individuals do to make the situation better?


Ara ART Theatre Company – ‘…and again we all slept pindral’: in Czech with English and Hungarian subtitles on August 20, 2020 21:00 p.m.

It is the tale of an old Roma woman about the fate of the Gipsies starting from creation until the present days.


František Balog – Roma from the Duvet or Enter the Majority! : in Slovakian with English and Hungarian subtitles on 27 August, 2020 21 p.m.

In the centre of the comedy we can find a Roma boy who tells different episodes from his childhood, teenager period and adulthood, this way sharing with us his life story and the process of becoming a member of majority society.