After a four-year construction phase, the RomArchive – the international digital archive of Romani people finally went online. There are 12 million Romani people living in Europe, most of them still living on the margins of society and suffering discrimination, criminalization and persecution. Positive counter-images or genuine reports on reality and richness of Romani culture are scarce. Especially voices of Romani people themselves are barely heard. Against this background the RomArchive was created – an ever-growing collection of art of all genres, historical documents and scientific texts. The self-presentation of Romani people is the main principle: contentwise, each of the 10 archive sections is curated by a special team of curators. The project is supported by the Federal Cultural Foundation.
The RomArchive website was launched during a festival taking place in the Academy of Arts in Berlin from January 24th to January 27th. A varied program consisting of concerts, exhibitions, film screenings, readings, discussions and dance and theatre performances elucidated the richness and diversity of the culture and artistic production of Romani people. Further opening ceremonies will take place in Budapest and Bucharest.
TRADUKI was a proud partner of one of the events at the opening. The literary evening included several readings: the Serbian writer Jovan Nikolić read excerpts from his novels “The Orchestra of Women Who Had Left Me” and “White Raven, Black Lamb”. The German writer Anita Awosusi read an excerpt from her autobiographical book Our Father. The host of the evening was Dr Beate Eder-Jordan, curator of the archive's section on literature, who also gave an introduction in to the archives. The Bulgarian cultural scientist Dr Sofiya Zahova spoke on the topic Neither Young nor Undeveloped. Romani Literature in the Balkans.