Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #3 

 

Workshop Rhythm through difference - make music using things from the garbage

Workshop “Rhythm through difference” – make music using things from the garbage

On day three of the „So keres, Europa?!“ event the participants continued their workshops in preparation for the 48-hours-actions. Additionally, everyone was invited to take part in a „Social Media Marathon“. All delegates were given 45 minutes to go to the city centre to tell the whole world about the “So keres, Europa?!“ movement. Pictures and videos are spread through social media like Twitter and Facebook.

Our delegates Miss Sheeba Kiran and Mr Shazar Khan took part in the workshop “Rhythm through difference“. Part of the workshop was to visit the slums of Pata Rat on the outskirts of Cluj-Napoca. Pata Rat is situated 800 meters from a landfill and 200 meters from a former pharmaceutical waste deposit. The purpose of the tour was to get better insight and understanding of the life of Roma people living in Pata Rat and to make music using things from the garbage.

Our team also had the opportunity to meet Greta Elena Rita, a resident of this hostile and dangerous to health area. She kindly agreed to share her story.

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Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #2 

 

Day two of „So keres, Europa?!“ started off with workshops. The delegates could choose from twelve different activities which all would lead to the 48-hour-actions which are at the heart of the Youth Conference in Cluj-Napoca.

The delegates are ready too be Changemakers

The delegates are ready to be Changemakers

A 48-hour-action describes a specific task that teams will have to fulfil within 48 hours. Time management, activities, materials and final presentation will be directed by the different teams and lie within their own responsibility.

Whatever the young delegates at “So keres, Europa?!” discuss, create and evaluate throughout the event-week shall find its expression and realization in one of the 48-hour-actions. The participants are challenged to mobilise their creativity and engagement – they are called to be Changemakers. A topic connected to the diverse 48-hour-actions is being prepared in several workshops throughout the week.

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Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

So keres, Europa?! (So what, Europe?!)

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #1 

 

Today was the opening ceremony of the conference which was conducted by Samuel Mago, a member of Romani Resistance. Mr Mango extended a warm welcome to all participants, volunteers and organisers.There were around 300 young Roma and non Roma participants from 49 European countries which included among others Italy, France, Germany, and the UK.

Delegates participate in the opening ceremony

Delegates participate in the opening ceremony

The purpose of the opening ceremony was  to do an introductory session in order to explain the structure of the conference. Basic information about the event was provided.

Facilitators who are responsible for conducting different workshops, introduced themselves and gave some information of the workshops they will be leading from tomorrow. The participants were asked to choose one of the many workshops and were advised to remain with the workshop they choose , until the end of the conference. The workshops included various activities such as dance, singing, arts, street grafitti and many more. Continue reading