Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

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

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #6

 

On Saturday, the last day of what turned out to be a full week of activities, came to its successful end leaving lasting impressions to all those involved . The participants finally presented the results of the 48-hours-actions on which they had been working on so eagerly in the workshops throughout the week. So keres Europa Day 6 Festival 011 - different together

Most presentations took place during a festival in Cluj-Napoca Central Park, however, some of the 48-hours-actions involved street activism in the heart of Cluj.

The “Invisible Theatre” took to the streets to see how people reacted to the scenes of discrimination. Based on personal experiences, the participants scripted short plays and acted them out in public spaces of Cluj-Napoca with audience and examined the reaction when they witnessed discriminatory situations.

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Annual Youth Conference on Roma Rights

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

Cluj-Napoca, Romania – Conference Day #5

 

So keres, Europa?! Solidarity March – Pata Rat to Coastei Street

The day started early for the participants and organisers of the “So keres, Europa” conference as they all were taken to Pata Rat by bus. The local community warmly welcomed the young activists to join them in their march from Pata Rat to Costaei Street.

Costaei Street is in the heart of Cluj-Napaco and used to be the home to the Roma community of Pata Rat before they were forcibly evicted from their social housing on 17th December 2010 and resettled in a slum on the outskirts of the city. The living conditions of Pata Rat are unhealthy and unbearable as the houses are poorly built and do not have proper heating and electricity.

In an unprecedented demonstration of solidarity with the disadvantaged and marginalised Roma community the participants, organisers, volunteers of “So keres, Europa” along with the residents Pata Rat marched to the centre of Cluj-Napoca to remind the city of their presence and to show their willingness to stand up for their rights.   Continue reading