|Title of the Programme||Human Rights|
|Title of the Project||Centre of Roma and Sinti in Prague|
|Number of the Project||LP-PDP2-001|
Museum of Romani Culture
|Project Partner from Donor State|
The European Wergeland Centre, Norway
Estimated project duration: 1.1.2020 - 31.1.2024
Target group: Public, students, Roma people, public
1 750 000 EUR
The project responds to the inconvenient situation when there is no culture and educational centre focused on Roma and Sinti history and culture in the Czech capital, Prague. Therefore, the Roma community misses an institution established for nurturing and maintaining their culture and a place that would strengthen their identity and inclusion into the Czech society through various culture and educational programmes. Unsatisfactory situation is also evident in Czech educational system at all levels as Roma culture and history is hardly presented. In this context the government’s Roma Integration Strategy till 2020 encourages to support Roma as distinctive national minority and to promote Roma language and culture.
Thus, the aim of the project is to establish completely new Centre of Roma and Sinti (CRS) in Prague, as a local branch of the Museum of Romani Culture operating in Brno. The project will supplement Prague’s structure of museums and culture institutions with another professional place focused on Roma history, cultural goods and objects, and intangible heritage associated with Roma minority and past and current situation of Roma ethnic group in general society.
Within the first part of the project implementation period the newly acquired building of the CRS in Prague shall be reconstructed, extended and completely furnished with interior equipment. In the second part of the project educational programmes thematically focused on Roma culture and history shall be implemented (special attention will be devoted to Roma holocaust in Czech as well as European history). The educational activities shall be developed in collaboration with the Norwegian project partner - the European Wergeland Centre.
The soft measures activities will further include events for various professionals and general public promoting understanding of minorities’ specifics and their inclusion into the society. Moreover, a contemporary exhibition on Roma contemporary culture shall be opened in the CRS and permanent exhibition on Roma history and culture shall be opened in Prague (within a suitable cooperating museum selected during the project implementation).