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What’s On in Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month?

Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

The people known as Roma live in most countries of Central and Eastern Europe. Their language is Romani. Many of the people known as Gypsies who live in England and Wales are of Romani origin, while some people known as Travellers are of Irish origin or are New Travellers.

In Cornwall we have many Gypsy and Traveller people who have lived here for many generations as well as many who travel to Cornwall from time to time.

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Britain will be celebrating the second GRTHM in June 2009 following the successful event of last year.

The Equality and Diversity Service (CSF), TravellerSpace, the Library Service and Pool Business & Enterprise College have organised some events. You will find information about what we are doing in Cornwall overleaf. Programme of events in Cornwall below.

Patricia Knight, the national coordinator of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month says:

"Britain's 300,000 Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have lived, worked and travelled throughout Britain for over 500 years, yet we have been almost entirely written out of British history. Go to most museums, libraries and schools and nothing about our history and culture is kept or taught. The result is a widespread ignorance about who we are, which sometimes turns to hatred, fear and misunderstanding, but always has an impact on Gypsy and Traveller lives."

"So this June, Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities are coming together, with central government backing, to continue the long overdue task of educating the British public about who we are and where we come from. We're doing it for one simple reason: If people do not realise that we were an important part of Britain's past, they will never accept us as a crucial part of Britain's future."

All of June: Story telling in libraries across Cornwall from Torpoint to Penzance.

2nd-12th June: Gypsies and Travellers Photographic Display in The Fal Building , Truro College This exhibition is intended to demystify and raise awareness of this little understood minority group. Further information from cypf.equalityanddiversity@cornwall.gov.uk 01726 77113

6th June: The Richard O'Neill Story Telling Show. Acorn Arts Centre, Penzance. Richard O'Neill is a traditional Romany Gypsy storyteller. His fascinating tales, including The Kung Fu Cat, the Horrible Headteacher, and the Hidden Romany Gold, will keep even the youngest members of the audience enthralled. 2 pm Adults £5, children £3 (there is a £1 booking fee per transaction). Box Office 01736 365 520 There is a £1 booking fee per transaction http://www.acornartscentre.co.uk/

17th June: St.Day Gypsy and Traveller Women's Group Open Morning. 10.30am at Teyluva Children's Centre, St.Day Meet the group members, watch a short film, learn more about Gypsy & Traveller culture, eat cake and admire our displays of photos and artwork - for further information contact TravellerSpace Tel: 01736 366 940 email: tspace@travellerspace-cornwall.org

16th-19th June Exhibition at Pool Business and Enterprise College 10 am - 3 pm daily The exhibits this year will give the children the chance to show how much they have achieved at school. Also included will be history, Interactive DVDs, Recipe booklets, Language booklets, Music and Dance. On the last day the children are going to do a concert for their parents and members of the public.

30th June Equality & Diversity Service Children, Schools and Families Open Day 10.30-4.00 The Stable Block, Pondhu House, St Austell PL25 5DP All day Gypsies and Travellers Photographic Display – This exhibition is intended to demystify and raise awareness of this little understood minority group.

During the day we will be showing films to celebrate Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture. Please book a seat as space will be limited. Our resource base will be open to view resources available to loan and copies of Fowey Fair and Here today & Gone tomorrow will be on sale. 11am The First Traveller DVD: Stories, poems, songs, music and drama from the Travelling Communities 12 noon Coming & Going DVD: Filmed in and around the 2008 GRTHM Coming and going takes abroad view, going back to India and forward through history.

The centuries of hardship and persecution have forged an iron resolve to protect and celebrate the culture through music, storytelling, art and song. 1pm Gypsy Cornwall a collection of photographs by Neal Johnston 2pm Romani Tales CD: stories told that help to understand the Gypsy and Traveller Culture and way of life Further information from cypf.equalityanddiversity@cornwall.gov.uk 01726 77113.

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