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13 Jun 2019

Roma Fest 2019

Czech Centre Tel Aviv in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Israel and the Romanian and Polish Cultural Institutes are proud to present the first year of Roma Fest. The festival will be devoted to music, cinema and photography and will take place on 13th of June, 2019 at Hasimta Theatre in Jaffa. The visitors can look forward to musical performance of the Jan Fečo Jazz Band and the pianist Miroslav Rác, followed by a screening of the movie Papusza and Photo exhibition. Additionally the festival will offer variety of traditional food and drinks.


Jan Fečo Jazz Band from the Czech Republic is well known for their jazz and gypsy music. The repertoire is inspired by Roma culture, contemporary jazz and hard-bop. Furthermore one can find elements of latino-american and folk music or even hip-hop  in their work. Jan Fečo and his band received several awards and perfomed at international festivals.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fq43w6gSoBs





Miroslav Rác from Slovakia is a Romani pianist and composer. He will perform his own repertoire, inspired by Roma culture. He also performs as a jazz, reggae and hip-hop musician under the name BG Gangsta Romano. His most recent work is dedicated to the victims of the Holocaust. Rác with his work is trying to warn us not to forget about the horrors of the past, and resist the fascists who are trying once again to reassert themselves at this time in Slovakia and across many nations.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv-WJN5V_l8

13.6. at 9 p.m. on the roof of Hasimta Theatre








Moreover the festival will offer a special screening of the Movie “Papusza” directed by Joanna Kos and Krzysztof Krauze. This film is based on the true story of the Roma poet Bronislawa Wajs (1908--1987). The film follows Papusza's life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community for betraying their secrets.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TLzwF6qDUow

13.6. at 7 p.m. Hasimta Theatre







Photo Exhibition

Additionall Gypsy fest will offer a unique photo exhibition called “Black Hearts“ by czech artist Marie Zachovalová and Jindřich Štreit and “Roma Always“ by romanian artist Mugur Varzariu.



The exhibition “Black Hearts“ presents photographs of Gypsies from four nations, namely Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland. The Artist accompanied different families for a year and created so various photographs of life in Roma comunity.  




The Work in “Roma Always“ by Mugur Vazariu, a documentary photographer and human rights activist. He covered the life of Roma community in Baia Mare, a city in the Northern part of Romania. This body of work became the reference and symbol of all Roma comunities in Romania. His photograps and voluntary social work has brought him international recognition. His images have been published by The New York Times, The Economist or in Le Monde. In 2013 he helped BBC produce Living with the Roma documentary.

Website: https://mugurvarzariu.com/ 




Partners of the event:









Hasimta Theatre, Mazal Dagim St 8, Tel Aviv-Yafo


13 Jun 2019


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