Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month 2023

Article dated Thursday Jun 1, 2023 at 03:40 PM

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A series of events will be taking place throughout June to celebrate the heritage and cultural contributions of Gypsy, Roma and travellers, and challenging the prejudice and inequalities they face.

Every June since 2008, people from across the UK have celebrated Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month. Through celebration, education and raising awareness, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month helps to tackle prejudice, challenge myths and to amplify the voices of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers in wider society.

This year the theme for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month is “Weaving Journeys: A celebration of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller lives, histories and cultures”.

Here are some of the events taking place:

City Hall in Bradford will be lit up yellow on 30 June.

Events organised by Connecting Roma C.I.C

Community Arts Exhibition

Tuesday 6 June 11am-2pm - GRT History and Holocaust Community Arts Exhibition at Inspire Academy, 162 Lumb Lane, BD8 7RZ. Free

Presented by Connecting Roma C.I.C, Leeds Jewish Representative Council and Huddersfield Holocaust Education and Learning Centre. This exhibition has been put together by the local Roma community who has been working hard for the past few weeks to host this amazing event, bringing people together through the GRT History, Heritage and Culture. Book your FREE tickets via the eventbrite page for the Community Arts Exhibition.

Yorkshire Roma Football Tournament

Saturday 3 June 11am-4pm Yorkshire Roma Football Tournament, Chelsea Road, BD7 2RE. Free

Members from the Roma community from around Yorkshire have come together to host a Football Tournament. With EU Roma traditional food stalls, Czech Beer, live music and plenty of Football. Find out more at the eventbrite page for the Football Tournament.

Screening of 'Leaving To Remain'

Monday 12 June 12pm-3pm Pictureville - Connecting Roma C.I.C presents the Screening of "Leaving to Remain". Free

"Leaving to Remain" is a documentary by Mira Erdevički and filmed by the first British Roma Crew. Three Roma living in the UK, but with close ties to Central Europe, film themselves over a critical period as their lives are transformed by the unprecedented combination of Brexit and Covid. Book your free tickets via the Eventbrite page for 'Leaving to Remain'.

Events organised by Living Well Bradford

Information, advice and wellbeing event - Great Horton

Thursday 22 June 10am-2pm Great Horton Community Hub, BD7 3PE. Free

Join our Bradford South Neighbourhood Team SkillsHouse, Incommunities, St John's Red Letter Project, European DROM, Living Well, Cellar Trust and others for:

  • Employment support
  • Health information
  • Benefits advice and information
  • Information about ESOL (English) classes
  • Free refreshments

Events as part of Bradford Literature Festival

The Romani and Traveller 'Voice' in World Literature

Friday, 30 June 6pm-9pm, Bradford City Hall. £7

Join Dr. Adrian Marsh, an academic of Romani-Traveller origins and an eminent researcher in Romani Studies, as he takes us on a journey exploring the history and influence of Romani and traveller literature and poetry. Find out more and book your tickets via the Romani and Traveller Voice in World Literature event page on Bradford Literature Festival website.

STORIES UNLOCKED: A different kind of freedom: A Romani story

Saturday 24 June 10.30am-11.15am Waterstones. Best suited to ages 8+ Free.

Step back in time with this gripping football-filled adventure based in the Romani community of 19th-century Sheffield.

A Different Kind of Freedom: A Romani Story, is storyteller Richard O’Neill’s action-packed story told through the eyes of young Lijah, as he navigates life and discovers football and the legendary player Rab Howell. Find out more and book your free tickets via the Stories Unlocked event page on the Bradford Literature Festival website.

Zabava: An Evening of Music & Dance

Saturday, 1 July 8pm-11.15pm, The Midland Hotel £7

Dust off your dancing shoes and join us for this wonderful evening of traditional yet modern music and dance by Roma and Traveller artists.
A Zabava is a giant party, a fun filled feast of entertainment to delight all your senses! A tradition in the Roma and traveller communities, this joyous evening brings people together to celebrate music, culture and community.
Bradford Literature Festival are pleased to partner with Connecting Roma, a not for profit community organisation working with the Roma community in Bradford, to bring a wonderful line up of celebrated Romani and Traveller bands and artists together for one night only.

This is event is open to all communities and everyone will be welcomed with open arms. Find out more and book your tickets via the Zabava event page on the Bradford Literature Festival website.

Bradford Libraries events

Bradford Libraries is inviting schools to a magical dance, music and storytelling show by Spin Arts, to celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month:

  • Tuesday 20 June - Holmewood Library 10.30am and 1.30pm
  • Wednesday 21 June - Thornbury Library 10.30am and 1.30pm
  • Friday 23 June - Laisterdyke Library 10.30am
  • Friday 23 June - Bolling Hall 1.30pm

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