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"Reading through your profile it struck me that you might be interested in a drama I wrote 'Jal' particularly in the main character. It is a drama of an hour + with 5 characters and minimal settings. If this is outside your remit I quite…"
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Cosh 2019, by Dan Turner

Gypsy Maker 4 Artwork NarrationCosh 2019, 90 cm x 60 cm x 10 cm, wood, Perspex and foam by Dan Turner“My work has become not only a journey to learn about my own culture, but also a way to integrate my identity and my art practice. I am interested in how human life can be defined and archived through made objects. I want to explore how these objects communicate across…See More
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Traveller Communities – Step Beyond the Stereotype. A discussion and networking event about representation and portrayal.

About this EventDate: 21st January 2020 (7:30 PM – 9:00 PM)Venue: Young Vic Theatre 66 The Cut London SE1 8LZIn close collaboration with Young Vic Taking Part, Equity is delighted to be hosting an evening panel discussion to focus on good practice in the representation and portrayal of Gypsy, Romany and Traveller (GRT) people and communities. GRT people and communities…See More
Dec 11, 2019
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The Romani Cultural and Arts Company proud - RomArchive wins prestigious award

Paris, 29 October 2019 – The winners of the 2019 European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, Europe’s top honour in the field, were celebrated with the Grande Soirée du Patrimoine Européen at the recently restored Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris. On this occasion, Plácido Domingo, President of Europa Nostra, announced the 7 Grand Prix laureates. …See More
Nov 25, 2019
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An insider’s guide to working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities Training day

Date: Tuesday 17th December 2019 (9.30 AM – 5:00 PM)Venue: First Space Chapter Arts Centre, Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QEAdmission: The cost for the day (including light refreshments and lunch) is £162.29 per delegate, if you book before the Tuesday 3rd December 2019 and £183.85 per delegate if you book between Wednesday 4th December 2019and Monday 16th December 2019. Places…See More
Oct 10, 2019
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Isaac Blake to represent UK at the International anti-discrimination congress in New York

21-23 September 2019, New YorkThrough the National Federation of Gypsy Liaison Groups (NFGLG) Isaac Blake RCAC (Romani Cultural Arts Company) has been chosen to represent NFGLG for the UK at the September 2019 International Congress on Discrimination based on Work and Descent, Untouchability, Anti-Gypsyism and Contemporary forms of Slavery (ICDWD) Conference in New…See More
Sep 17, 2019
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It is the Romani Cultural and Arts Company’s 10th Birthday this year and we’d like you to celebrate with us.

10 years of community strength and success! 2009 – 2019The Romani Culture and Arts Company has been the leading Romani organisation in Wales for 10 years and has become the strongest Romani and Traveller led organisation in the United Kingdom, with an extensive network across Wales, England and Europe. The RCAC has an impressive portfolio of activities, programmes and…See More
Sep 2, 2019
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LGBTQI Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Conference Report 2019

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company was proud to hold the first Gypsy, Roma & Traveller (GRT) LGBTQI International Conference in the UK on July 4th 2019. The event was hosted by the Senedd – National Assembly of Wales and featured an international selection of speakers including activists, academics, artists and community champions who focused on the current and…See More
Jul 25, 2019
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Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex people in Europe ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference in Prague, Czech Republic

Isaac Blake is pleased to have received a scholarship to attend The 23rd ILGA-Europe Annual Conference, in Prague, Czech Republic from 23-26 October 2019. Stronger TogetherThis is the year in which we celebrate 50 years of Stonewall, a moment to acknowledge the journey and celebrate our incredible collective achievements. Around the world Stonewall is considered the start…See More
Jul 23, 2019
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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
Jul 17, 2019

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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Online event with Isaac Blake, Cas Holmes, Dan Turner and Daniel Baker

Gypsy Maker 4 Presentation with g39, 30th September 2020 6–8pm 

The Romani Cultural & Arts Company is proud to announce an evening of talks and discussions in association with g39. The event takes place to mark the end of the latest Gypsy Maker exhibition tour of new works by the artists Cas…

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Cosh 2019 (detail) by Dan Turner and Pani Kekkavva (Kettle) Wagtail 2019 (detail) by Cas Holmes

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Cosh 2019 (detail) by Dan Turner and Pani Kekkavva (Kettle) Wagtail 2019 (detail) by Cas Holmes 

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Posted on August 3, 2020 at 9:31

Kan 2019 by Dan Turner

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Kan 2019. 91cm x 61 cm diameter, mixed media by Dan Turner 

“As part of my research I have looked at the history of Travelling peoples as…

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Posted on August 3, 2020 at 9:26

Great Aunt Margaret’s Hopes 2019 by Cas Holmes

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Great Aunt Margaret’s Hopes 2019, 59 cm x 69 cm by Cas Holmes

“In the last few years I have travelled a great deal and often miss seeing the seasonal changes at home. The Gypsy in me…

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Posted on August 3, 2020 at 9:21

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At 19:56 on August 3, 2020, alun howell said…

Reading through your profile it struck me that you might be interested in a drama I wrote 'Jal' particularly in the main character. It is a drama of an hour + with 5 characters and minimal settings. If this is outside your remit I quite understand; if it is likely to be of interest then I can email you a copy.

 
 
 

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