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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
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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…See More
Nov 2
Isaac Blake posted a blog post

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…See More
Oct 31
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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…See More
Oct 8
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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…See More
Sep 26
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Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture Symposium III

Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture Symposium IIITaliesin Arts CentreSwansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PZMonday 1 October 2018 – 9.30am – 2.00pm The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is pleased to announce the Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Arts & Culture National Symposium III. The event, hosted by…See More
May 15
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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
Jan 5
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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

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

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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…

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Posted on November 15, 2018 at 18:05

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…

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Posted on November 2, 2018 at 10:51

Gypsy, Roma, Travellers, Sinti LGBTIQ Communities Training day

Date: Friday 14th December 2018

Venue: Friends House 173 – 177 Euston Road London NW1 2BJ

Admission: 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…

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Posted on October 31, 2018 at 17:37

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, Fairground, Circus-folk, Show-people and Bargees Training day

Date: Wednesday 5 December 2018

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

Admission: 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…

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Posted on October 8, 2018 at 14:01

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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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