Roma's Stories

ROMA’S STORIES is a hybrid project that combines both digital technology and artistic content production, aiming to promote and celebrate the Roma community and its cultural heritage.


The job shadowing activity consists of a study visit organized by the Icelandic organization PROJECTS, that is aimed to offer young Roma people that are already engaged in activities promoting Roma culture, the chance to develop skills regarding cultural projects organization and creative, social and inclusive industries.

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ROMA’S STORIES is a hybrid project that combines both digital technology and artistic content production, aiming to promote and celebrate the Roma community and its cultural heritage.


20 articles that offer another perspective on the history of the Roma community, its traditions and customs, traditional music, clothing and food and different Roma figures that made history.


500 years of slavery

History books and lessons tend to overlook almost completely the history of Roma people and the discussion about the 500 years of slavery the community endured has only just begun. Where does the term “gypsy” come from and why is not the right word when we are talking about Roma people? How many people use it without knowing the history behind it?

Roma music
From the oldest times to now, Roma people were considered one the finest musicians, the first lute players. Even though their music has changed its sounds drastically through the ages, the way the ensembles are organised and the instruments used to play differentiate Roma artists from any other. From lute players at palaces to the religious manea that is popular today in many Roma Penticostal communities, the Roma music has evolved through the ages.

Pata Rât

Always marginalized and discriminated, the Roma people have developed a keen sense of self-defense by creating a close-knit, interdependent community where they can help each other when in need. An organization of that kind is Radio Pata, a community radio that was born for and from the needs of the Roma people in Pata Rât. Here contributed people with soul, who helped to reduce the hopelessness of the Romas and tried to stop as much as possible the poverty that reigns in Pata Rât. And it was not easy for them, even if themselves come from this background. Two of these people are Alex Fechete, known as Pepe, and Linda Greta Zsiga, an activist for Roma rights. But you can read more details below.


Handmade brass objects by Victor Clopotar, Brateiu village, Sibiu county
Objects with which various crafts are practised in the tradition of Roma culture
Traditional Roma house in rural area, Sibiu county
Object with which various crafts are practiced in the tradition of Roma culture
Victor Clopotar's son follows his father in the art of copper working
Roma household from Pata Rât, Cluj county
Textiles from a traditional Roma house
Roma flag


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The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. More details are available on: and

RO-CULTURE is implemented in Romania by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit. The Programme aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management. The total budget amounts to almost 34 million EUR. For more details access:

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