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Off The Shelf festival present – The Roma Enlightenment and Romani Dreams – Monday 8th October Kalinin is a celebrated Romani language poet and author, born in Belarus and resident in the UK for 25 years. He will take us on a personal, cultural and poetic journey sharing his collection of posters, books and ephemera from 1930s Russia. Embodying the promise of the ‘Roma Enlightenment’ Kalinin guides us with passionate readings from his poems Romani Dreams.

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

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

“HOME” Poetry Video by Roma Futures

Roma children in Sheffield came together for a poetry workshop, facilitated by Coco Neal. The poetry written was centered around the theme of “Home”.

For many of the children involved it was their first time writing poetry. The film was entered into the Travellers Times Poetry competition which is part of the GRT History month.

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“HOME” Poetry by Roma Futures from Roma Futures on Vimeo.

Amaro Maro

Kada kalo maro hino amaro.

Ale hino baro lebo som barvalo.

Som bokhalo he trušalo lebo som kalo.

Amen sám Románe manuša so rado chas beluša.

O Roma phiras andro zboros pašo foros.

O Roma cerpinde he prephirde.

Dzanav ale nakamav!


David Kandrac.