Experimentation of new art and cultural workshops for young Roma children


Following their participation to the international conference ‘Broaden Horizons-Networks and Experiences for successful Roma inclusion’ of November, the French organization from Toulouse in the south-west of France-Rencont’roms nous-is carrying on its activities towards the integration of Roma communities through a cultural approach with the implementation of art and cultural workshops in December.


The different workshops which are taking place in December 2015 are in fact initiations to various cultural disciplines allowing thus young Roma children to discover new activities and to interact with other children. One of the other goals of these workshops is also to bring young Roma children in cultural sites. All those workshops are directed by professionals and are followed by a restitution exercise in order for every group of children to present the results of their work.


The first workshop ‘African and Latin American Dance’ took place on December 5 inside a cultural center. The second one entitled ‘Clown, tales and stories’ is taking place today and will enable children to actively participate by calling to their own creativity and imagination. Several other workshops are scheduled on December 19: a drama workshop, a puppets workshop and another workshop entitled ‘Music & Sound-Mixing’. A photography workshop is also bound to take place by the end of the year.


All those workshops/initiations are part of an innovative experimentation launched by the association which is currently working on the implementation of long-term workshops in 2016 for Roma youth.


The choice of a cultural approach as a means of social integration by the association is in full coherence with the current priority of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication to extend the access to culture to all. That is why, the Ministry is encouraging cultural initiatives as exemplifies the financial support of the French local cultural Agency DRAC Midi-Pyrénées to the implementation of the projects of Rencont’roms nous since 2015.


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