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International Roma Day 2019

International Roma Day celebrates Roma identity: through stories of success, aspiration, language and culture.

International Roma Day - Sheffield Town Hall - 2019

Roma Futures has organised a celebration of International Roma Day to be held at Sheffield Town Hall on Monday, 8th of April between 12 and 2.

A number of local Roma community leaders and activists will be present to speak about what International Roma Day means for them and to call for the official recognition of this day.

With its origins at the first World Romani Congress , held in London in 1971, International Roma Day was officially recognised in 1990, during the Fourth World Romani Congress held in Warsaw.

The aim of this day was a call for the representation of and the recognition of the Roma Nation. It was:

A declaration of our will to convince the world to consider us as equal nation with our culture, traditions and self-confidence

Emil Scuka, President of an International Romani Union

Roma are well known for their language, music and dancing but beyond this the ambition of International Roma Day is the recognition of the circumstances of the Roma diaspora and the need to encourage the emergence of coherent representation of Roma.

Many cities and influential bodies across Europe and the world have seen in International Roma Day a forum through which cultural cohesion finds expression.

Alongside the events organised by the Firvale Community Hub on Sunday 7th April, we hope that International Roma Day 2019 in Sheffield will act as an invitation to civic authorities to confirm their commitment to Roma people by formally recognising the status of Roma as a distinct ethnic, cultural and linguistic group and maintaining their commitment to anti-gypsyism. 

We hope that you will be able to attend this event and we invite you to book your place via Eventbrite.

Šilalo Panori: The Songs and Life Stories of Slovakian Roma – Jana Belišová

Fri, 11 October7:00pm

As part of Off The Shelf 2019, Roma Futures has invited Jana to Sheffield.

Jana Belišová is an ethnographer and musicologist at the Institute of Musicology, Slovak Academy, Bratislava. Since the 1990s she and her students have been recording and cataloguing the music and songs of Slovakian Roma, some of whom now live in Sheffield. Jana explores the relationship between the songs and the life stories of Roma people in a talk illustrated by audio and video, based on her project Šilalo Paňori – Cold Water.

Tickets are available here


International Women’s Day in Fir Vale

Terezia Rostas and other members of the local Roma community partntered in a very successful event to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The event was held at ACT (Aspriring Communities Together) which is based in the Fir Vale Centre in Sheffield.  Terezia brought her extensive collection (or at least part of it!) of traditional women’s clothes worn by the Roma community in and from Romania.  Community members from all walks of life and backgrounds came and tried on the clothes and joined in dancing.  Terezia also set up a very informative display about Roma history, culture and contemporary life.  There was much interest and alot of learning took place.

International Women’s day @ ACT 201954277816_1620538608049049_7698810632782479360_n54433540_404231776790231_126904292048109568_n55783767_800408156995409_8506156891204747264_nInternational Womens Day Roma Dancing 354230830_322031578379098_3293695219689586688_n54389067_274487453473031_4338172605413457920_nTerezia with Roma Ladies in Dress

Latest Home Office Update: Brexit

The most recent statement from the Home Office says the following:

  • Confirms that the Home Office will continue to look to grant status rather than refuse and in line with the UK commitment to be more generous in certain respects than the draft Withdrawal Agreement, a person will not be refused status under the EU Settlement Scheme because, for example, they are not economically active or they do not hold comprehensive sickness insurance.


Detached Youth Work Positions

Detached youth work positions

1 x Lead Detached Youth Worker – 15hrs per week @ £14phr

9hrs of which are detached youth work and 6hrs supervision time

2 x Detached Youth Workers- 9hrs per week @ £11phr

All posts will require non-negotiable evening work.

All posts are on a 3 year fixed term contract and are renewable annually subject to funding being renewed

If you are passionate about young people and listening to their loves, hopes and concerns and want the community to be a better place to live and are able to challenge your own and others’ attitudes and assumptions, then this is the role for you.

The successful candidates will be dynamic, respectful and be willing to train and work differently to support positive change in young people.

All positions require:

  • experience in working with hard to reach young people aged 13 -18 years
  •  experience of street based youth work
  •  experience of community engagement

For a job description and an application pack please contact Amanda Kitchen on akitchen@actsheffield.com
Deadline: 4pm on the 7th December 2018
(If you do not hear from us by 11th December please presume you have been unsuccessful on this occasion)
Interviews will be held the week commencing the 10/12/2018

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Off The Shelf festival presents – Papusza Film Screening – Monday 22nd October

http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Roma-horses-image-1-1-e1537183156109.jpgBronisława Wajs (1908-1987) is better known by her nickname Papusza meaning Doll and is one of the most famous of Roma poets. This Romani and Polish language film provides a powerful context though which to consider Roma history, culture and the interface with the Gadjo (non-Roma) world.

Tickets – £6/£4 (concs) – Buy advanced tickets here

Venue – Abbeydale Picture House, 387 Abbeydale Rd, S7 1FS

Off The Shelf festival presents – Romani Readings: Stopping, Moving and Writing – Monday 15th October

http://www.offtheshelf.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Roma-horses-image-1-1-e1537183156109.jpgDamian Le Bas reads from The Stopping Places (a BBC R4 Book of the Week). The account of his journey to find of the wayside stopping places of his forebears will inform a panel discussion about literacy and narrative for Roma writers. Damian will be joined by Rosa Cisneros, a Spanish-American Gypsy dancer and academic and David Kandrac, a member of Sheffield’s Roma Slovak community.

Tickets – £6/£4 (concs) – Buy advanced tickets here

Venue – Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James’ Street, S1 2EW