Latcho Divano Festival on gypsies'cultures I Festival des cultures tsiganes Latcho Divano

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Chairman of the festival: Emilia SINSOILLIEZ
09 52 72 89 28
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Latcho Divano
16 quai de Rive Neuve
13007 Marseille-FRANCE

Project information – start and end date (if available)
March 26-April 8 2015, 8th edition of the festival

Summary (goals and purposes of the project)
For its eighth edition, Latcho Divano festival - meaning 'nice discussion' in Romani language- pursues its struggle agaisnt the considerable ignorance of people on gypsy cultures.

The festival was as cheerful as militant with several scheduled artistic activities: exhibitions, concerts, movies and documentaries, lectures, conférences, attractions...

This very year, Latcho Divano put the emphasis on the gypsy culture through the lens of a camera: from the beginnings of the Roma people, from their travels over the centuries and countries until today and their current situation. Those documentaries and fictions allowed people -to get-to know gypsies. Images display the story of this population or focus on the dramatic fate of a famous artisitic figure of this community with the documentary on the female poet Papusza.

To go deeper into the situation of Roma people, Latcho started a partnership with the newest cinema-Gyptis-which has a specific approach on childhood using the moving documentary entitled 'Spartacus and Cassandra'.

During the festival, an artistic projet was exhibited. Its two creators-two artists from yougoslavian and romanian origins-combined the realism of black and white portraits of the photographer Marina Obradovic, with the vivid paintings of Paul Hitter, founder of the 'Balkan Expressionism' movement.

As regards music, the gypsy guitarist Steeve Laffont played different styles of jazz at the Cité de la Musique. The Terne Roma troupe which sings, dances and plays music attended numerous events of the festival and played with the Clair du Lune Trio musicians from Marseilles for the 44th International Roma People Day-Romano Dives.

In order to establish a real dialogue between Roma people and the inhabitants of Marseilles, the festival scheduled internships to allow peiple to discover Roma danses, songs, cooking and language. Moreover, artistic workshops were put into place, among which one in the travellers settlement of St Menet.

Finally, conférences brought out relevant discussions on current issues connected to Roma people.

During the festival, specific artistic activities were carried out for young Roma people.

In Marseilles, in France and in Europe, it is our duty to remind the meaning of the Romani word 'Rom' : man.

Results of the project
-To discuss Roma issues

-To gather people around cultural events

-To convey a different image of Roma people far from the one displayed in the media

Who will benefit from this project (target group)
Roma communities and all citizens

Sources of funding
the French Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur Region

the Conseil général Bouches-du-Rhône


Document - materials that incurred in the project