In recognition of International Roma Day on April 8, the U.S. Embassy in Prague celebrates the rich Romani culture with several events this week. To kick off the activities, the U.S. Embassy in Prague’s American Center will host a special film screening of “Gypsy Caravan,” on April 4 at 6 p.m. From April 5-8, the Romani flag will fly in front of the U.S. Embassy as a sign of respect for Romani heritage.
In cooperation with ARA ART, American Center will host an expansive Roma event beginning at 5 p.m. on April 5 with a panel discussion by the Government Council of Roma Affairs, followed by the opening of Roma Rising, an exhibition by American photographer Chad Evans Wyatt on loan from the Museum of Romani Culture in Brno, and performances by Roma and American musicians.
Earlier in the day, Chargé d’ Affaires Kelly Adams-Smith will host five young Roma leaders participating in the Embassy-sponsored Roma Fellowship Program at the U.S. Embassy for a roundtable discussion on the opportunities the Program has provided and issues facing Roma people, particularly Roma youth, in the Czech Republic and around the world.
International Roma Day is an opportunity not only to show respect for the Romani culture and heritage, but also to recognize our obligation to improve the treatment of people often relegated to the fringes of society. This occasion is an important time to express commitment to inclusion and equality for all Roma people.
Bachtalo Romano D’ives!
For more information on the U.S. Embassy Roma Fellowship program, please click here.