12th World Roma Festival Khamoro|
May 23-29 are this year's dates for the 12th annual World Roma Festival
Khamoro, which is realized under the patronage of Pavel Bém, Mayor of the
City of Prague. Organizing the festival is the non-governmental organization
Slovo 21, together with Studio Production Saga.
The festival will begin on Sunday, the 23rd of May, at Švandovo Theater,
with the world premiere of the Roma Opera Invisible Gypsy, authored by the
multi-genre artist Zoran Tairović from Serbia.
On Monday begins a series of six evening concerts. Monday at the Lucerna
Music Bar will be dedicated to contemporary Roma music - the evening will be
headlined by the Czech Romani rapper Gipsy.cz. On Tuesday, a concert will
take place in the Reduta Jazz Club Reduta. It will be of an intimate nature,
focusing on the genre of Gypsy Jazz as represented by the German ensemble 16
Gypsy strings, featuring the per formative excellence of the 16-year-old
guitarist Gismo Graf. On Wednesday, a real delicacy awaits jazz fans -
Tchavolo Schmitt, the unique and virtuoso French guitarist, will play at the
Lucerna Music Bar with the accompaniment of the Dutch band The Gipsy Swing
The first concert of traditional Roma music will be held on Thursday in the
Roxy club. The program includes the Slovakian band Romano Stilo, whose
members will demonstrate a great combination of classical music education in
combination with the emotional intelligence of Roma. France will be
represented by the ensemble Romano Atmo, which features performances
representing various styles of Gypsy dance with colorful costumes finally,
the Serbian Black Panthers; will appear with their typical blood-pumping,
intricate rhythms, invoking the unique atmosphere of the Balkans.
On Friday, audiences will be treated to a full lineup of four bands – the
energetic Macedonian brass ensemble Orkestar Braka Kadrievi, the Czech
cimbalom band Surmajovci (presenting the oldest Romani music from Bohemia
and Slovakia), the Slovenian ensemble Šukar playing on a variety of string
instruments, and the star Romanian group Mahala Rai Banda, presenting an
irresistible mix of traditional folk music, modern styles and oriental
influences. We will end the music program on the 29th of May with a final
gala concert at the Prague Congress Centre, which will feature all seven
bands that will have already shown their art in the Roxy club.
The accompanying events of the KHAMORO Festival 2010 will present the
elements of Roma culture -- traditions and contemporary life -- more closely
and in greater depth. On Monday, the Aero cinema hosts the gala premiere of
the documentary film ROM_ID, which was created through the co-production of
the NGO Slovo 21 and Bedna TV, and depicts the fate of three young Roma from
3 European countries. On Wednesday at the same cinema, you can see two
documentaries on Roma issues from the Serbian director Želimir Žilnik.
The opening of an exhibition called “Genocide of Roma during 2nd World War”
will take place at the Slovakian Cultural Institute on Wednesday. The
exhibit was prepared in cooperation with the Museum of Romani Culture in
Brno. The second exhibition, whose opening is scheduled for Thursday in the
café NoD, presents a photographic series entitled “A minute after”, in
which a FAMU graduate - Srdjan Stanojević - captures Roma artists
immediately after their return from the stage.
After last year's success there will be also be dance workshops, which will
once again be led by the great dancer and choreographer from France Petia
Iourtchenko. Perhaps the most popular event of the festival - the parade of
artists in the historical city center - will be held as usual on Thursday at
noon. Enjoy the parade full of rich costumes, brisk and melancholic music,
which is headed by a horse-drawn carriage and flag bearers.
In the expert section of the festival, this year will focus on the issue of
Roma identity in the form of a two-day seminar with the participation of
world experts. All week, there will be international workshops under the
heading “We Are on a Long Way” for young Roma from the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Germany and Hungary. This year the festival promises the
participation of more than 100 artists and experts from 14 countries around
The official partner of the festival is the City Prague. The festival is
supported by the Ministry of Culture, ČEPRO and others. The main media
partner is Czech Television.
More information about the festival will be available at