Press release - DC041(2014)

International Roma Day April 8: Council of Europe exhibitions

Strasbourg, 04.04.2014 – To mark International Roma Day on Tuesday 8 April, the Council of Europe has organised several exhibitions in the Palais de l’Europe, its main headquarters building in Strasbourg, France.

“Roma Politics in Austria”, organised by the Austrian Permanent Representation to the Council of Europe, will be inaugurated at 13h00 on Monday 7 April by the Austrian Foreign Minister and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers, Sebastian Kurz, Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland, Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) President Anne Brasseur and the head of the Austrian delegation to PACE, Gisela Wurm. It will remain on display until Friday 11 April, in the foyer of the Committee of Ministers meeting room.

A second exhibition “Romani language: an asset for education and diversity” has been organised in partnership with the European Roma and Travellers Forum, Romani Baxt and the Dosta! campaign. Running from 7-18 April, this exhibition aims to inform the public about the challenges and opportunities involved in reintegrating Roma language and culture into European society. The inauguration ceremony for this exhibition will take place on Tuesday 8 April at 14h00 in the main entrance hall of the Council of Europe. It will include a musical performance by a young Roma flautist from Romania, Blanca Alecu, and a poetry reading by the exhibition author, Roma professor in Romani language and culture, Marcel Courthiade, as well as the projection of several new anti-Gypsyism/anti-discrimination video clips promoting the Dosta! campaign.

Finally, an online exhibition of photo by Sandro Weltin, entitled “Roma - Role Models”, showing successful and integrated Roma people in a positive light, to support the messages of the Dosta! campaign, will be published on the Council of Europe’s homepage.

Contact: Alun Drake, Media officer/Spokesperson, Tel. + 33 3 88 41 25 64

Council of Europe Directorate of Communications
Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 25 60
Fax:+33 (0)3 88 41 39 11