World Roma festival Khamoro in Prague|
The jubilee tenth Annual KHAMORO World Roma Festival will be held between
25th and 31st May 3008 under the patronage of Mirek Topolánek, Prime
Minister of the Czech Government, and Pavel Bém, Mayor of Prague. The tenth
year of the festival is a prominent anniversary and so we are glad to be
able to present fans with the Khamoro All Stars, a selection of the very
best acts to have appeared over the past ten years. We are also delighted to
be able to extend the festival by an extra day. The festival is being
organised by the Slovo 21 unincorporated association.
The festival gets underway on Sunday 25th May in the Rock Café club with
concerts by Guločar and Le čhavendar, combining traditional Roma music with
elements of funk and Latino. On Monday you can look forward to the opening
of an exhibition entitled “Ztracený ráj” (Paradise lost) at Museum Kampa,
which will provide a platform to contemporary Roma artists from around the
world. The Gypsy Jazz series of concerts then get underway at the Reduta
jazz club with a performance by French virtuoso Yorgui Loeffler. The
tremendous programme on Tuesday 27th May allows you to choose from a viewing
of pictures by German artist Alfred Ullrich at Dům národnostních menšin
(National Minorities House) or the start of a film marathon at the Aero
cinema accompanied by a live performance from popular band Gitans. The Gypsy
Jazz concerts continue in the evening with a performance by the outstanding
Angelo Debarre from France. The programme begins on Wednesday with a viewing
of black and white photographs by currently the most prominent Czech expert
on Roma issues Eva Davidová at the Popocafépetl club, accompanied by a
performance by Cinzi Renta, a band from Český Krumlov. The film marathon
continues in the Aero cinema at 6 p.m. and the three-day series of Gypsy
Jazz concerts comes to a close with a performance by Dutch group Basily,
which starts at 9 p.m.
The traditional parade of participants from Můstek to Staroměstské náměstí
(Old Town Square) gets the programme of events underway at midday on
Thursday 29th May. An exhibition of Roma national dress opens at Palace
Aventin in the afternoon in cooperation with the Museum of Roma Culture.
Stars such as Esma Redžepova from Macedonia and the captivating Puerto
Flamenco from Spain will take to the stage of the Roxy club from 7 p.m. for
the first concert of traditional music alongside a performance of music and
drama by Ukrainian group Romans and an appearance by the legendary Czech
band Bengas in its original line up. Flamenco dance workshops at the Zambra
Studio also begin on Friday, taken by Francesca Grima from Puerto Flamenco
herself! The second concert at the Roxy club sees performances by one of the
best Balkan orchestras of all, Oluja from Serbia, king of the clarinet Ferus
from Macedonia, Russian legend Loyko and Arbat from France. The closing gala
concert will be staged on Saturday 31st May at the Congress Centre, where
all 8 groups from the previous two days will appear. This four-hour concert
will allow you to hear the very best of Roma and Balkan music accompanied by
special stage management and lights.
The international ethnomusicology conference entitled “Hudba a menšiny”
(Music and Minorities) will run throughout the festival in cooperation with
Charles’ University and will be attended by 100 of the most prominent
ethnomusicologists from throughout the world.
Almost 100 artists from 8 countries will appear at the festival and experts
from at least 40 countries will attend the ethnomusicology conference. Fans
and journalists from around the world come to the festival every year.
The festival is being jointly organised by the City of Prague and will take
place with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, the
ČEZ Foundation and Sgroup. The main media partner to the festival is Czech
Television. Other media partners are Czech Radio, Radio 1, Romea.cz, Romano
Hangos and Radio Rota.