Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training day

by The Romani Cultural and Arts Company


The Romani Cultural and Arts Company will be delivering three training workshops in three cities, focussing upon the Romani and Travelling people in Britain and their cultures, histories, languages, as a solid foundation to understanding the present communities. The workshops will deliver critical knowledge to professionals, policy-makers, and practitioners in local government, housing, accommodation, health, justice and education services; how to develop a respectful relationship with communities, approaches to constructing a positive dialogue around accommodation and ‘stopping-places’, to supporting better access for Romani and Travellers to health and wellness provision, to strengthening schooling, to raising attainment and improving elective home education, leading to increasing employment opportunities.

The situation for Romani and Traveller communities looks set to become more and more uncertain, as the protections offered under European legislation, conventions and frameworks will probably be rescinded. Show-people, Fair-gound families, Circus-folk and Bargees are likely to face significant changes in their businesses and operations too, with the post-Brexit legal framework. The overall social, economic and cultural impact of the departure from the EU will be especially deep upon these communities. The Romani Cultural & Arts Company has the best track record in the UK of delivering effective training in working with Romani and Traveller people, having carried out a range of training courses, international conferences, arts exhibitions and cultural symposia, schools workshops and heritage projects with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, show-people, Circus-folk, Fairground families and Bargees, across Wales and Europe.

The Cardiff workshop will focus upon the current policy initiatives associated with the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act (Wales, 2015)’ have left behind the Romani and Traveller communities of Wales, particularly in terms of the ‘Well-being Assessments’ carried out by the Public Services Boards established by the Act and the recent review of these by Netherwood, Flynn and Lang (2017) for the Future Generations Commissioner, Sophie Howe. These crucial processes have ignored the needs of Romani and Traveller people in ‘planning today for a better tomorrow’, with inadequate consultation of the present and future needs of Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities, insufficient sustainable development principles being applied to these needs, resulting in Romani and Traveller people being missed in the most important opportunity for improving the public sector’s delivery of provision rooted in the everyday reality of their lives and ensuring little benefit for the well-being of future Romani and Traveller generations.

Our training in Cardiff, in December 2018, will address these critical lacunae in government policy and practice, providing an opportunity to rectify, for local and national government policy-makers and service-providers, this absence of data and content and how to include the most marginal and excluded groups in Wales today.

Cost

£156.90 – £173.07

DATE AND TIME

Wed, December 5, 2018
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

LOCATION

First Space
Chapter Arts Centre
Market Rd
Cardiff
CF51QE

Tickets from Eventbrite

Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture Symposium III


Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZ
Monday 1 October 2018 – 9.30am – 2.00pm

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to announce the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium III. The event, hosted by Taliesin Arts Centre, will feature artists Dr Daniel Baker and Daniel Turner plus guests including Dr Ethel Brooks, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Rutgers University, US and a Tate-TrAIN Transnational Fellow at the University of the Arts London, Rosamaria Kostic Cisneros, professional dancer, dance historian, critic, and Roma scholar of Coventry University, Dr Annabel Tremlett, Senior Lecturer in Social Work in the School of Health Sciences and Social Work at Portsmouth University and Isabel Raabe, co-founder together with Franziska Sauerbrey of the office for cultural affairs in Berlin who are also the instigators and coordinators of the international project RomArchive: Digital Archive of the Roma. This varied range of speakers with their diverse areas of expertise will open debate regarding the contemporary climate of GRT arts and the wider implications for society.

This exciting event will take place in the context of the Gypsy Maker 3 project; the unique RCAC venture that facilitates the development of innovative works by established and emerging artists from GRT backgrounds. The project aims to stimulate dialogue across communities about the ways in which art continues to inform the lives of individuals and communities today. For this third phase of the project the RCAC, in association with g39 gallery, toured an exhibition of newly commissioned works by Daniel Baker, Artur Conka, Shamus McPhee and Billy Kerry titled Shiftwork across venues in Wales.

“The arts bring enjoyment and inspiration to our everyday lives. Taking part in the arts, whether as an individual or a member of a community, helps bind us together in a celebration of our common humanity. But the arts can also help us to understand what is distinctive and important to protect in the differences that define us all. The arts help us to explore and express the things we have in common and our place in the world. A fair-minded and tolerant society values and respects the needs, interests and creativity of everybody. It’s a society that’s impatient of disadvantage, which embraces equality and celebrates diversity.  We want the arts in Wales to include everyone. We know this will make the arts in Wales more vibrant, exciting and relevant. We warmly welcome the contribution that this second Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium will make to that debate.” Nick Capaldi, Chief Executive Arts Council of Wales

“I’m delighted that Taliesin is hosting the 2018 symposium and helping to break down the ignorance and prejudice that persists about GRT communities. Artists are again at the forefront of busting stereotypes and bringing light and understanding to what remains a serious problem in our society “–Sybil Crouch, Head of Cultural Services, Taliesin Arts Centre

As representatives of an international project that itself seeks to break down prejudices through promoting culture and the arts, we are convinced that Gypsy Maker 3 will play an important role for the recognition and appreciation of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture—a culture that is centuries old, most lively and varied to this day.’  Isabel Raabe and Franziska Sauerbrey, Project Initiators and Directors of RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma

We anticipate that this exciting half-day symposium and exhibition showcase will generate great interest so please book your place early by writing to The Romani Cultural & Arts Company at: [email protected] 

or register on  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gypsy-roma-traveller-arts-culture-symposium-iii-tickets-45552214901