Roma Jazzing Europe

Roma Jazzing Europe


Project leader: L’Air des Balkans, France
1001 valises, Belgium
Nisville Foundation Association, Serbia

Grant awarded: 200,000 €

Project involves music festivals from FRA/BEL/SER promoting transnational mobility of Roma jazz musicians and strengthening of their careers, as to reinforce international cooperation among music festivals promoting Roma music as inherent part of European identity. Objective is to facilitate creativity and open artistic exchange of young and professional Roma jazz musicians of different cultural, social, economic and geographic origins, as to develop intercultural dialogue, cross-cultural cooperation.

Roma musicians to be involved will be able to identify differences and similarities, learning and sharing, exchanging ideas and communication, understanding, meeting new people and discovering “new worlds” through mobility, workshops, residencies, joint performing. Project also aims to raise awareness on richness of diverse Roma culture and its influence on European jazz music. Organizing of cultural events shall strengthen European belonging feeling among Roma from FRA/BEL/SER, as increase awareness among general public that Roma music provided essential piece in European cultural mosaic.

Project outputs are: 48 Roma and non-Roma youth from FRA/BEL/SER trained on understanding of culture as a vehicle of change in the society; 40 Roma and non-Roma youth from FRA/BEL/SER jointly performed at 6 jazz concerts in Seissan, Brussels and Nis; 6 music youth exchanges conducted; 6 creative artistic and education residencies of Roma jazz musicians conducted; 2 Intl Jazz Days events held simultaneously in 3 countries; 1 joint webpage linked with social media; 1 “behind the scene” TV documentary produced and aired; 1 Roma Jazz Music Exchange Platform introduced as permanent part of all 3 partners jazz festivals; 6 seminars held on new practices in presenting Roma music , audience developing and income models for Roma music festivals ; 2 DVD albums with “live” recordings of concerts held in targeted countries, Intl Jazz Day and festivals in Seissan, Nis and Bxl in 2021 and 2022.