Phiren Amenca International Network and its partners brought together 150 young Roma and non-Roma people from all over Europe to the European Youth Capital Varna, Bulgaria between 24-30. August, 2017 to raise their voices against racism and discrimination towards Roma people in Europe. These photos were made by participants of the FOCUS workshop, inspired by FOCUS Roma Cinema Youth Project.
Romano Glaszo, a Hungarian folk group also joined the group of Phiren Amenca to take part of the Dik I Na Bistar 2016 event in Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau. The band had concerts and a performance in the Galicia Jewish Museum where they performed their Holocaust Ballad. The show the performance in Krakow was supported by the Balassi Institute - Hungarian Cultural Institute in Warsaw as part of their Hungarian Cultural Year in Poland.
Around half thousand young Roma and non-Roma people payed tribute to the memory of those who were violently murdered due to a destructive ideology on August 2, during the official commemoration ceremony by the Central Council of German Sinti and Roma in Auschwitz-Birkenau. On Agust 4, during a youth ceremony by the participants of the Dik I Na Bistar 2016 in Auschwitz-Birkenau young people held a moment of silence and an ode for the victims of the Holocaust in the presence of two survivors.
Around 50 young Roma and non-Roma people from all around Hungary joined the group of other hundreds of young people at the Roma Genocide Initiative 2016 event, organised by ternYpe – International Roma Youth Network between August 1-5. Before the departure Phiren Amenca organised a press conference together with Forgács József, Bandi bácsi, Holocaust survivor, who also joined the group at Krakow.
Phiren Amenca International Network and its partners bring together 300 Roma and non-Roma young people from all over Europe to the European Youth Capital Cluj-Napoca, Romania to raise their voice against racism and discrimination towards Roma people in Europe. Thematic workshops and special activities are taking place between July 12-19 in Cluj Napoca, Romania, where participants have a chance to learn more about the situation of Roma in Europe, to learn and discuss about human rights, antigypsyism, as well as empowerment and activist strategies.