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Shiftwork ‘GYPSY MAKER 3’

Under my leadership, The Romani Cultural & Arts Company have successfully secured a grant from Arts Council of Wales to further develop our groundbreaking GypsyMaker project.Over 2018, GypsyMaker 3 will see further work by:Daniel Baker Shamus McPhee Artur ConkaBilly KerryAmbivalence towards Roma…See More
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‘Tales From The Trailers’ Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility – TRAINING DAY – 27th February 2018, Bangor, North Wales

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to welcome participants on 27th February 2018, to a training day offering ‘an insider’s guide to effectively working with Romani and Traveller communities'.  The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is unique - a Gypsy, Roma & Traveller led organisation that develops the…See More
Nov 22, 2017

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What I do:
Isaac Blake - Director - Romani Cultural & Arts Company, Cardiff
A little more about me:
Isaac Blake is a Romani Gypsy and has worked as a professional dancer and choreographer.

He is currently Executive Director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company in Cardiff, UK, which is funded by the Centre for Equality and Diversity, the Big Lottery, Cardiff City Council and Newport City Council, working with Gypsy, Roma, Traveller communities across the country.

From 2000 – 2003, he studied Dance Theatre at the Laban Centre London (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance). Whilst at Laban, Isaac worked with numerous artists and companies including Adventures in Motions Pictures (AMP), DV8 and Ballet Rambert.

After graduating from Laban, Isaac furthered his studies in New York at Martha Graham School. He then went on to choreograph performances at the Wales Millennium Centre and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he continues to teach.

As Executive Director of the Romani Cultural & Arts Company (RCAC), Isaac has developed arts and performance programmes on Gypsy and Traveller caravan sites with young children and adults, worked in schools and colleges, and promoted arts as a medium for empowerment and advocacy throughout Wales with Gypsy, Roma and Travellers. He has engaged widely with non-Gypsy communities to promote dialogue and improve social cohesion. His leadership and management of the RCAC has seen the organisation grow from a small voluntary group to a major third sector (NGO) agency that leads the Romani and Traveller field in Wales and is one of the major players in Romani and Traveller advocacy and empowerment in the UK.
Location:
Wales
Projects I’m working on:
The Romani Cultural and Arts Company was formed in September 2009 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (No. 07005660) and is a registered charity (No.1138150). Working through the arts the Company raises funds to take community development and educational projects onto Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites and into Gorger or ‘gadjó’ and ‘country-folk’ communities across Wales.

We are a Gypsy, Roma and Traveller community development organisation at heart. We are led by Gypsies and Travellers, we are about Gypsies and Travellers, we are for Gypsies and Travellers. We believe that the community can be developed to become fully accepted participants in mainstream society while still retaining their distinct culture and heritage.

All of our projects are designed to enhance awareness and improve cultural understanding through the Arts.

Our current projects include: http://romaniarts.co.uk/projects/
Personal Website/CV:
http://romaniarts.co.uk
Twitter @username:
@Romaniarts

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Shiftwork ‘GYPSY MAKER 3’

Under my leadership, The Romani Cultural & Arts Company have successfully secured a grant from Arts Council of Wales to further develop our groundbreaking GypsyMaker project.

Over 2018, GypsyMaker 3 will see further work by:

Daniel…

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Posted on January 5, 2018 at 14:52

‘Tales From The Trailers’ Accommodation, Health, Education and Mobility – TRAINING DAY – 27th February 2018, Bangor, North Wales

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are pleased to welcome participants on 27th February 2018, to a training day offering ‘an insider’s guide to effectively working with Romani and Traveller communities'. 

 

The Romani Cultural & Arts…

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Posted on November 22, 2017 at 10:59

Working with Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Communities Training day

Date: 6th November 2017

Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

Admission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £145 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 24th October and £160 per delegate if you book between Tuesday 24th October and 3rd November 2017. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.

Organisers – The Romani Cultural & Arts Company

An insight into Gypsy, Roma, Traveller…

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Posted on September 7, 2017 at 14:37

“Stories of Health and Wellness: Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Communities in Wales”

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company launched a report for our “Stories of Health and Wellness: Gypsy, Roma, Traveller Communities in Wales” project. The event took place on 27th April 2017 at 10:00am at the Pierhead Seminar Room, Pierhead Building, National Assembly for Wales,…

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Posted on August 24, 2017 at 13:47

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At 9:17 on January 10, 2012, Isaac Blake said…

I have been invited to attend a drinks reception hosted by Samantha Cameron at Number 10 Downing Street today.

 
 
 

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