What you need to know about Scotland’s first Roma cultural festival in Glasgow

An event said to be Scotland’s first-ever Roma cultural festival is coming to Glasgow to celebrate heritage and culture in style.

It will include live concerts, talks, exhibitions and workshops by Scotland-based Roma artists when it takes place on August 27 and 28 at Glasgow’s Center for Contemporary Art.

Event organizers Ando Glaso say the festival was created to encourage greater understanding and participation in the cultural heritage of Roma in Scotland.

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Highlights of the festival include the world premiere of a major new work commissioned by Ando Glaso, Tales of a Traveling Scotland, which will explore the cultural heritage of Scotland’s vibrant travel community.

The play will be performed by legendary storyteller Jess Smith accompanied by Kevin Whyte, Ian MacGregor and Ciaran Ryan.

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Other highlights of the two days include concerts by award-winning band Daniel Martinez Flamenco, Glasgow-based band ZOR (formed of young Roma artists in their twenties) and collective Ando Glaso, Romacaleo and Romane Cierhenia, representing the Romanian group, Polish, Slovak, Czech and Hungarian Roma communities.

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Janos Lang, Creative Director of Ando Glaso, said: “This unique festival is the first of its kind in Scotland, showcasing the colorful and often invisible Roma cultural heritage.

“Our goal was to put together a program that would feature performers, experts and artists from the Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish and Scottish GRT communities.

“We hope the festival will strengthen the bond between our fragmented communities and provide the general public with an opportunity to connect with Roma and the culture currently present in Scotland.”

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Darcy J. Skinner