- During the history Romani people constantly hadto face hostile treatment, such as discrimination, segregation, racism,antigypsyism, marginalization. Thus, they are most often portrayed as victimsof history and the political power. However, Roma have always been resistingthis discrimination and exclusion in various ways. Over time they became awareof their rights and showed their rising bravery, persistence and resistance.During the introductory workshops, participants will get familiar with thedifferent examples of resisting the status quo through exploring differentforms of resistance exercised by Roma during WW2. Then they will identifyinstances of resistance shown by Roma in our society through their personalexperiences and knowledge, as well as examples provided by the facilitators. Bygaining a thorough understanding about acts of resistance then and now, theywill establish their own working definition, and then will explore creativeways of exercising and exhibiting the Resistance of the Roma, with a specialfocus on the Bulgarian context.
In the 48 – hour – actions the participants will have the chance to reflecton the gained input and to come up with their own perception about RomaniResistance in an innovative way. Participants will have the opportunity tocreate their own conception of Romani Resistance showing their creativitythrough a photo or video exhibition, song writing, forum theatre or any othercreative way. For this, facilitators will provide ideas and examples, but the groupwill decide itself about what they will prepare during the 48 hours of action.The results of the workshop will be shown to the public at the festival eventat the end of the Forum.