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Gypsy Maker Report 2019

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company’s groundbreaking Gypsy Maker project employs artistic excellence and experimentation to challenge racism and discrimination. The project began in 2014 in response to the lack of any significant programme of support for GRT artists throughout Wales and the UK. Gypsy Maker’s main objective continues to be the development of innovative…See More
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GWAHODDIAD I Gynhadledd Sipsiwn, Roma a Theithwyr LHDTRhQ

Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, Bae Caerdydd,  Caerdydd CF99 1NADydd Iau 4 Gorffennaf 2019 o 18.00pm tan 20.00pmBydd Jane Hutt, y Dirprwy Weinidog a'r Prif Chwip yn agor y noswaithMae Cwmni Diwylliant a Chelf Romani yn falch o'ch gwahodd i Gynhadledd Sipsiwn, Roma a Theithwyr LHDTRhQ. Cynhelir y digwyddiad yng Nghynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, ac ymhlith y prif siaradwyr bydd…See More
Mar 29
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Gypsies, Roma, Travellers: Rights & Responsibilities

An insider’s guide to working with Romani and Traveller communities in the United KingdomDate: Tuesday 9th July 2019Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QEAdmission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £160.49 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 25th June and £181.81 per delegate if you book between…See More
Mar 7
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GYPSY, ROMA AND TRAVELLER HISTORY MONTH IN WALES 2019

INVITATION TO Gypsy, Roma & Traveller History Month Childrens Festival 2019Date: Monday 8th July 2019 – 10.30am – 3pmVenue: St David’s Hall, The Hayes, Cardiff CF10 1AHSOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:Challenge your opinions, indulge in the culture and share in the activities that demonstrate a rich cultural heritage within Wales.  It’s free to adults and children…See More
Mar 4
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The path of the Roma, a history of diversity / El camí del Poble Gitano, una història de diversitat

FAGiC has launched the project “El camí del Poble Gitano, una història de diversitat” (The path of the Roma, a history of diversity) during 2018. The project has two parts: one, scientific, carried out by the University of Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona; and the other, historical-cultural, carried out directly by FAGiC.The FAGiC team made up of Aaron Giménez and Annabel…See More
Jan 31
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Sessional Job Opportunity

Community Arts Tutors                                               (PER SESSION FEE TO BE NEGOTIATED)The Romani Cultural & Arts Company are seeking applications from interested people with an arts-arts-based skill / trade to become sessional Community Arts Tutors as part of their Children and Young Peoples Arts Workshop Project on local Gypsy & Traveller sites.…See More
Jan 4
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Performing RomArchive Opening Festival 24th-27th January 2019

From January 2019, RomArchive, the digital archive of the Roma, will make Romani arts and cultures visible and demonstrate their contribution to European cultural history accessible online in three languages (English, German, Romanes). At last, a…See More
Dec 21, 2018
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BBC Children In Need fund RCAC Gypsy & Traveller Arts Project for another 3 years

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce that BBC Children in Need has granted a further £153,343 grant over 3 years to fund the excellent project work that takes arts-based workshops and activities onto the Gypsy & Traveller Caravan Sites of South Wales.This is a groundbreaking project which is devised, developed and led by Gypsies & Travellers.…See More
Nov 13, 2018
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Isaac Blake to represent UK at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, November 2018

Through the Council of Europe (CoE), Isaac Blake is representing the Romani Cultural and Arts Company and the UK at the ‘Seminar on the Role of Roma youth in policy and decision-making bodies and structures’, which will take place at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg, from 18-20 November 2018.The seminar will explore the role of mainstream youth and Roma integration policies in…See More
Nov 2, 2018
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Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, Sinti LGBTIQ Communities Training day

Date: Friday 14th December 2018Venue: Friends House 173 – 177 Euston Road London NW1 2BJAdmission: The cost for the ½ day workshop is £108.39 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 6th December and £124.56 per delegate if you book between Friday 7th December and Thursday 13th December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed payment.Organisers – The Romani Cultural &…See More
Oct 31, 2018
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Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training day

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QEAdmission: The cost for the day (to include light refreshments & lunch) is £156.90 per delegate, if you book before the Thursday 22nd November and £173.07 per delegate if you book between Friday 23rd November and Monday 3rd December 2018. Places will only be secured with a confirmed…See More
Oct 8, 2018
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Dr. Ethel Brooks

Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture Symposium IIIVenue: Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZDate: Monday 1 October 20181 week left to book onto our exciting 1st October, Swansea conference.We have Dr. Ethel Brooks speaking this year - please see bio below.Ethel Brooks is Associate Professor of Women's and Gender Studies and Sociology at…See More
Sep 26, 2018
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Jul 24, 2018

Profile Information

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 the Centre for Equality and Diversity, BBC Children in Need, 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. Isaac is also a Dance Curator, leading a team of academics and researchers in collating appropriate items and artefacts for the RomArchive. The RomArchive is devised as an international digital archive for art of the Roma – a constantly growing collection of art of all types, complemented by historical documents and scholarly texts.
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

Isaac Blake's Blog

Gypsy Maker Report 2019

The Romani Cultural and Arts Company’s groundbreaking Gypsy Maker project employs artistic excellence and experimentation to challenge racism and discrimination. The project began in 2014 in response to the lack of any significant programme of support for GRT artists throughout Wales and the UK. Gypsy Maker’s main objective continues to be the…

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Posted on July 17, 2019 at 11:49

GWAHODDIAD I Gynhadledd Sipsiwn, Roma a Theithwyr LHDTRhQ

Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, Bae Caerdydd,  Caerdydd CF99 1NA

Dydd Iau 4 Gorffennaf 2019 o 18.00pm tan 20.00pm

Bydd Jane Hutt, y Dirprwy Weinidog a'r Prif Chwip yn agor y…

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Posted on March 29, 2019 at 14:01

EU Roma Week in Brussels, March 2019

Isaac Blake is representing the Romani Cultural & Arts Company as part of the EU Roma Week 2019. This year’s EU Roma Week, hosted by the European Parliament in co-operation with the European Commission and European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), will be held from the 18th to the 21st of March 2019. There will be a series of events around…

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Posted on March 15, 2019 at 13:52

LGBTIQ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Conference

INVITATION TO LGBTIQ Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Conference

Date: Thursday 4th of July 2019

Venue: The National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, CF99 1NA

SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THE EVENT:

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Posted on March 15, 2019 at 11:02

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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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