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* Lifting Up the Arts and Culture of Europe’s Roma in Berlin
By The New-York Times

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, the first organization of its kind dedicated exclusively to the Roma, will feature the works of performers, artists and thinkers. After four years of planning, it is to open in September. The Council of Europe and the philanthropist George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, among others, have supported the project.

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* Italy: Children and Pregnant Romani Women Left Homeless
By Romea.cz

Unlawful demolitions of Romani property in Italy are rendering members of that community homeless, including newborns and pregnant women. Most recently Romani people were driven from the Germagnano informal settlement in Turin two weeks ago, according to the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), based in Budapest.

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* At home in Europe: Roma tell their story

This fall, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) will begin work in Berlin. In contrast to previous, more traditional approaches to Roma and Sinti culture, this project seeks to move beyond simply providing a glimpse into minority culture and instead establish an interactive platform that will be created with and by Roma artists. It is hoped that this will give visitors the opportunity to enter into direct contact with Roma artists, and make the cultural identity of this minority group more visible throughout Europe.

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* Greek Riot Police Stop Angry Crowd From Attacking Roma Community
By The Greek Reporter

About 200 people held a protest rally for the death of the child who was killed by a stray bullet during an open-air gymnastics exhibition for schoolchildren on Thursday. Later it was found out that a 23-year-old Roma was firing shots in the air that day and he is suspected of being responsible for the fatal shot.During the rally, a group of people broke off from the protesters and threw firebombs at the community, causing damages to two homes. Police responded with tear gas, causing a clash with protesters.

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