An event claimed to be Scotland's first ever Roma Cultural Festival is coming to Glasgow to celebrate heritage and culture in style

It will include live concerts, talks, exhibitions and workshops from Scotland-based Roma artists when it takes place on August 27 and 28 at Glasgow’s Centre of Contemporary Art

Event Organisers Ando Glaso say the festival was created to encourage greater understanding and participation in the cultural heritage of Roma people in Scotland

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Glasgow Times:

Some of the festival’s highlights include the World premiere of a major new work commissioned by Ando Glaso, Tales of a Travelling Scotland, which will explore the cultural heritage of Scotland’s vibrant Traveller community. 

The piece will be performed by legendary storyteller Jess Smith accompanied by Kevin Whyte, Ian MacGregor and Ciaran Ryan. 

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Other highlights across the two days include concerts by the award-winning Daniel Martinez Flamenco group, Glasgow-based band ZOR (formed of young Roma performers in their teens and twenties), and Ando Glaso Collective, Romacaleo and Romane Cierhenia, representing the Romanian, Polish, Slovak, Czech and Hungarian Roma communities.

Glasgow Times:

Janos Lang, Creative Director of Ando Glaso, said: “This unique festival is the first of its kind in Scotland, showcasing the colourful and often invisible Roma cultural heritage. 

“We aimed to put together a program that will showcase performers, experts, and artists both from the Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish and Scottish GRT communities. 

“We hope the festival will strengthen the bond between our fragmented communities as well as provide an opportunity for the wider public to connect with Roma people and culture currently present in Scotland.” 

For tickets and the full programme please visit HERE