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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Roma Heroes Workshops online
The Roma Heroes Workshops are available on a digital platform for secondary tschool and university students from April. We offer online participation for those who are interested to adapt to the current situation. We were challenged by the online change-over, but it is very exciting for us. We are working on a solution to be with you in the form of online workshops in these difficult times. Considering the situation, we offer free workshops for 5 groups who want to get familiar with Roma plays, heroes and, of course, their own heroes and heroic acts.
We need heroes and fortitude these times
Our workshop helps the youngsters get to know and discuss the diversity of Roma plays, heroes, communities, challenges and values, as well as discover the heroes in themselves and in their environment. They can introduce their own stories to each-other by using creative tools. The participants can recognize their own and each-other’s hidden abilities. The team building gives unforgettable experience besides forging participants together and strengthening the communication within the groups.
Send us your application to email@example.com! The selection will be in the order of application.
For further information please contact the program manager, András Tamás Szegedi in the following platforms:
Phone number: +36704154797
Further information: www.independenttheater.hu
We invite underprivileged Roma and non-Roma youth from secondary schools to participate, 20-25 people from each institution.
In case the youngsters from your group are interested in our program, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Attendance is free for those who participate in all the programs (vis major is an exception).
What do we offer?
A communication training in the educational institution of the applicant group in March of 2020, furthermore attendance on the following performances:
25 March 2020 16.00-18.00: The Hardest Word, RS9 Theatre Vallai garden (optional date)
26 March 2020, 16.00-18.00 The Hardest Word, RS9 Theatre Vallai garden (optional date)
16 April 2020, 16.00-18.30 Chameleon girl, RS9 Theatre Vallai garden (optional date)
17 April 2020, 16.00-18.30 Chameleon girl, RS9 Theatre Vallai garden (optional date)
14 May 2020, 16.00-18.00, Shoddies, RS9 Theatre Vallai garden (optional date)
14 May 2020, 19.00-21.00, Shoddies, RS9 Theatre Vallai garden (optional date)
A 2 x 120-minute-long Roma Heroes Workshop will be held at the end of May in RS9 Theatre Vallai garden.
Please apply for the program via email or phone
Balogh Rodrigó, 06203905403, firstname.lastname@example.org
The program is supported by Tides Foundation.
The Independent Theatre Hungary invites applications for participating in the Roma Heroes Workshop free of charge. The workshop is based on the first educational methodology ever which focuses on Roma drama, theatre, Roma creators and heroes on an international level.
The Roma Heroes Workshop
The participants get familiar with European dramas and heroes, while their own stories and exploits also come into view. The background, the values, the decisions of the heroes and the changes brought by them are explicitly discussed.
Everyone gets to know each-other and the different Roma communities better in the workshop. Their communication and debating skills develop, and they become more open for different aspects, moreover, their cooperation skills improve.
The range of the applicants
We are waiting for applications form students of secondary and post-secondary educational institutions, colleges for advanced studies. Our goal is to reach Roma and non-Roma students,too.
The optimal number of the group is minimum 15, maximum 25 people.
The duration of the workshop is 90-250 minutes, as needed.
The application process and further information
Please fill in the application form and send it to email address: email@example.com until 17 pm. on 28.02.2020.
Institutions and groups from Budapest and the whole country can apply.
In the present call 10 workshops can be provided free of charge. Additional workshops can be requested with partial funding or self-financing.
The workshops will be organized in the period of March – November 2020.
For further information please contact the program manager, Tamás Szegedi:
Some feedback of the former participants of Roma Heroes Workshops:
„We have known each-other in the group for years but we got closer today.”
„A real hero faces the difficulties, can fail but never give up!”
„We are all heroes, let’s discover the values of each-other!”
Call for application for university educators working at German universities.
Given the great success of our first interdisciplinary course development programme, the Independent Theatre Hungary invites entries for a competition for university educators who intend to run an independent course in the autumn semester of 2020/21. If you are interested in the interdisciplinary contexts of the European Roma communities, contemporary theatre plays and performances your application is welcome.
What is „Roma Heroes”?
2019 was the third year we organised the Roma Heroes International Theatre Festival. The goal of the festival is to show the values of Roma theatre both for the Roma and non-Roma audience, for the young and the old, too. From the selection of the plays chosen for the first two festivals, we published the first international collection of Roma dramas. All plays elaborate the stories of real Roma heroes and they not only make us acquainted with the life of the Roma people and communities but also help to find our own heroes. The initiative plays a crucial role in reinforcing the members of Roma communities and in developing the knowledge on the topic related to different disciplines. The lecturers who participated in our previous course development workshop realised new courses connected to theatre, communication, anthropology, art and film studies. Beside widening their professional knowledge, the educators also became more open to take in different perspectives, and their co-operative skills improved, too.
Why is it important?
In each culture- in Ancient Greece, in the Elizabethan theatre, or in the American classics- the active dramatic characters who are able to make decisions and set changes afloat appear together with the emergence of the middle-class. Through these stories we can obtain a vast knowledge on the past and present of different European societies. With the “hero narrative” we were able to reframe the old narratives, to engage and strengthen different groups. The Roma theatre has a special role as part of the European cultural heritage. Our programme gives he opportunity to examine and get to know better the similarities and the differences of the methodology applied in the different disciplines.
What do we offer?
- Opportunity to participate in the three-day long workshop facilitated by international storytellers and the experts of Independent Theatre Hungary
- The workshop includes getting to know and elaborating contemporary Roma plays – based on historical and social aspects, communication frame and effects, language elements, potential to form the identity and other interdisciplinary aspects brought up by the participants
- Getting to know the work of other disciplines- lecturers who took part in our first course development workshop meet the new participants
- Getting to know the pedagogic methods ideal to elaborate our argument
- Realisation of new course plan in co-operation with other lecturers
- We pay the travel cost and the cost of the accommodation and catering for the participants related to the event realized in Budapest.
- We release the scenario of the plays, the video recordings of the excerpts used, and the related materials
- Follow-up, mentoring, knowledge sharing during the realisation and evaluation of the course plans
- Gross 300 EUR payment for the educators in case of a well-elaborated, detailed course plan for the autumn semester of 2020 at one of the German universities.
- As a member of a dynamic and colourful team, we provide the possibility to participate in the development and dissemination of Roma heroes- a unique, complex cultural-educational-social initiative
What do we expect?
- Active participation in the three-day long workshop held in Budapest (8-10 February 2020);
- Good command of English (intermediate level) to participate in the workshops;
- The realisation of a well-elaborated, detailed course plan within a month after the workshop has ended;
- Execution of a university course related to the topic in the autumn semester of 2020.;
- Contacting the Independent Theater Hungary during the course;
- Sharing the experience and the results of the course after their realization
The feedback of the participants of the course development workshop:
„I have never built in storytelling texts into my courses but they turned out to be important sources for me. This is why I applied for the development course: I could propose new ethical questions thanks to the texts, since the sources I used until then were either ethnographic collections (confessions) filled with the subjective point of view and interpretation of the collector, or literary texts. According to the postmodern approach what you cannot write in an anthropological way, should be written as literature. The five Roma dramas were perfect to be analysed because they stand on the boundary of the two genres: they were in themselves born from a Roma point of view. They held a mirror so the reader could interpret them as his /her own. The storytelling texts fill a gap: they give knowledge over to the Roma about their own history and the Roma who endured any kind of atrocity. As we all know, giving knowledge over increases tolerance. (Boglárka Bakó, Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Cultural Anthropology, Ethic Course)
„The twelve occasions of the workshops contributed to the renewal of my professional methodology and my personal attitude. The co-operation with the educator colleagues at the workshop inspired my preparatory work in the beginning. At the end of the project when the students met the members of the Independent Theatre in the realms of an informal talk, it was also very motivating. I realized how essencial interactivity is, and in the future, I would like to stick to it. The plays inspired me because the course I held could give a complex experience with their help, and the students could use knowledge embedded in a creative experience. They showed the knowledge they obtained in a creative product at the end of the course, this way the assessment was deliberating and what is more, the students could really appreciate each-other’s work. The outcome of the course was some essays and films on the topic, like the video entitled “The homeless superhero”. (Andrea Pócsik, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Budapest)
How to apply
You can apply HERE, sending us the filled-in application form and your professional CV until 10 January 2020 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, please call Edina Szabados on the following number: +36205210533.
The program is supported by Badur Foundation, Goethe Institute Hungary and the Federation for European Storytelling – FEST Network.