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The Roma people are a traditionally nomadic ethnic group living mostly in Europe. Learn more about their rich artistic tradition and exciting contemporary work through the Journal series Roma Theatre in Europe, or watch work from the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2020.

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Livestreaming: Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Fifth Edition
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Livestreaming: Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Fifth Edition
Presented by the Independent Theater Hungary
Monday 12 September - Friday 16 September 2022
Budapest, Hungary
Returning to the Streets: Street Theatre in Modern Society
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Returning to the Streets: Street Theatre in Modern Society
by Sebastiano Spinella
26 April 2022
Stories: Mirrors of Identity
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Stories: Mirrors of Identity
by Sonia Carmona
12 April 2022
event poster for the roma heroes festival 2022.
Livestreaming: Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Fifth Edition
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Livestreaming: Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Fifth Edition

Presented by the Independent Theater Hungary

Monday 12 September - Friday 16 September 2022
Budapest, Hungary

Independent Theater Hungary presented the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Fifth Edition livestreaming on the commons-based, peer-produced HowlRound TV network at howlround.tv from Monday 12 September to Friday 16 September 2022 at 9 a.m. PDT (Los Angeles, UTC -7) / 11 a.m. CDT (Chicago, UTC -5) / 12 p.m. EDT (New York, UTC -4) / 17:00 BST (London, UTC +1) / 18:00 CEST (Budapest, UTC +2) / 19:00 EEST (Bucharest, UTC +3).

A crowd of people watching a makeshift dragon and horse in the street.
Returning to the Streets: Street Theatre in Modern Society
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Returning to the Streets: Street Theatre in Modern Society

26 April 2022

Sebastiano Spinella explores the importance of street theatre and the modern significance it still holds.

A performer on stage with white, out-stretched wings.
Stories: Mirrors of Identity
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Stories: Mirrors of Identity

12 April 2022

Theatremaker Sonia Carmona shares the impact storytelling can have on empowering marginalized groups of people from her own experience working on Roots and Wings, a HUMAN library from the Poligono Sur.

Cast members standing side by side in a field.
Theatre on the Street: An Independent Theater Hungary Case Study
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Theatre on the Street: An Independent Theater Hungary Case Study

11 April 2022

Rodrigó Balogh and Márton Illés discuss the process of creating outdoor theatre performances and share their experience producing them with Independent Theatre Hungary.

three performers in set full of projections.
Interview with Mihaela Drăgan about Romacen – The Age of the Witch / Romacen – Vremea vrăjitoarei (Romania)
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Interview with Mihaela Drăgan about Romacen – The Age of the Witch / Romacen – Vremea vrăjitoarei (Romania)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Friday 19 November 2021 and Friday 10 December 2021
Romania

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer in front of a projection screen.
Interview with Richard O'Neill about The Hardest Word / A legnehezebb szó (United Kingdom)
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Interview with Richard O'Neill about The Hardest Word / A legnehezebb szó (United Kingdom)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Thursday 18 November 2021 and Friday 10 December 2021
United Kingdom

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

close-up of performer with hat on.
Interview with Michael Collins about It's a Cultural Thing. Or is it? (Ireland)
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Interview with Michael Collins about It's a Cultural Thing. Or is it? (Ireland)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Wednesday 17 November 2021 and Thursday 9 December 2021
Ireland

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.
 

performer standing behind a still camera.
Interview with Alex Fifea and David Schwartz about You Didn't See Anything! / Voi n-ați văzut nimic! (Romania)
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Interview with Alex Fifea and David Schwartz about You Didn't See Anything! / Voi n-ați văzut nimic! (Romania)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Tuesday 16 November 2021 and Thursday 9 December 2021
Romania

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

two performers in spotlight, one behind the other.
Interview with Mihaela Drăgan about Who Killed Szomna Grancsa? / Cine a omorât-o pe Szomna Grancsa? (Romania)
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Interview with Mihaela Drăgan about Who Killed Szomna Grancsa? / Cine a omorât-o pe Szomna Grancsa? (Romania)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Friday 12 November 2021 and Wednesday 8 December 2021
Romania

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

poster for the show European Family.
Interview with Richard O'Neill and Tamás Szegedi about European Family (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Hungary)
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Interview with Richard O'Neill and Tamás Szegedi about European Family (United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Hungary)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Thursday 11 November 2021 and Wednesday 8 December 2021
United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Hungary

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

three performers in hospital beds.
Interview with Rodrigó Balogh and Márton Illés about Shoddies / Selejtesek (Hungary)
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Interview with Rodrigó Balogh and Márton Illés about Shoddies / Selejtesek (Hungary)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Wednesday 10 November 2021 and Tuesday 7 December 2021

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

Performer with a bouquet of red paper flowers.
Interview with Sonia Carmona Tapia and Jaime Vicent Bohórquez about With Profound Dignity / De Profunda Dignitatis (Spain)
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Interview with Sonia Carmona Tapia and Jaime Vicent Bohórquez about With Profound Dignity / De Profunda Dignitatis (Spain)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Tuesday 9 November 2021 and Tuesday 7 December 2021
Spain

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer in yellow shirt with a puppet.
Interview with Sebastiano Spinella about Children of the Wind (Italy)
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Interview with Sebastiano Spinella about Children of the Wind (Italy)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Friday 5 November 2021 and Monday 6 December 2021
Italy

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

six performers in front of a white background.
Interview with Sandra Selimović, Simonida Selimović & Joschla Weiss about Forever Holiday?! / Für Immer Urlaub?! / So Kheren Amenca?! (Germany, Austria)
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Interview with Sandra Selimović, Simonida Selimović & Joschla Weiss about Forever Holiday?! / Für Immer Urlaub?! / So Kheren Amenca?! (Germany, Austria)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Thursday 4 November 2021 and Monday 6 December 2021
Germany, Austria

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer in a closet looking out.
Interview with Nebojša Marković and Rebecca Surber about I Can See You / Ich Sehe Dich (Germany)
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Interview with Nebojša Marković and Rebecca Surber about I Can See You / Ich Sehe Dich (Germany)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Wednesday 3 November 2021 and Friday 3 December 2021
Germany

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

three performers looking directly at us.
Interview with Sandra Selimović and Simonida Selimović about Heroes (Austria)
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Interview with Sandra Selimović and Simonida Selimović about Heroes (Austria)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Tuesday 2 November 2021 and Friday 3 December 2021
Austria

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer portraying an elderly roma woman in front of flowers.
Interview with Alex Fifea about Bambina, The Queen of Flowers/ Bambina, regina florilor (Romania)
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Interview with Alex Fifea about Bambina, The Queen of Flowers/ Bambina, regina florilor (Romania)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Friday 29 October 2021 and Thursday 2 December 2021
Romania

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

six performers standing in a park.
Interview with Rodrigó Balogh and Márton Illés about Village Day / Falunap (Hungary)
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Interview with Rodrigó Balogh and Márton Illés about Village Day / Falunap (Hungary)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Thursday 28 October 2021 and Thursday 2 December 2021
Hungary

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer in front a projection screen.
Interview with Tamás Szegedi and Márton Illés about Chameleon Girl / Kaméleonlány (Hungary)
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Interview with Tamás Szegedi and Márton Illés about Chameleon Girl / Kaméleonlány (Hungary)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Wednesday 27 October 2021 and Wednesday 1 December 2021
Hungary

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer dressed in traditional roma woman's clothing,
Interview with Nataliya Tsekova about Gypsy Wheels / Tsiganski kolela (Bulgaria)
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Interview with Nataliya Tsekova about Gypsy Wheels / Tsiganski kolela (Bulgaria)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Tuesday 26 October 2021 and Wednesday 1 December 2021

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer with folded paper on top of her head.
Interview with Mihaela Drăgan about Tell Them About Me / Del Duma (Romania)
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Interview with Mihaela Drăgan about Tell Them About Me / Del Duma (Romania)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Friday 22 October 2021 and Tuesday 30 November 2021
Romania

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

Performer playing a hand drum.
Interview with Zsolt Fekete-Lovas about Perkucigo / Perkucigó (Romania)
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Interview with Zsolt Fekete-Lovas about Perkucigo / Perkucigó (Romania)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Thursday 21 October 2021 and Tuesday 30 November 2021

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer lying in a bed.
Interview with František Balog about Roma from the Duvet or Enter the Majority! / Róm z perinky alebo Enter the Majority! (Slovak Republic)
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Interview with František Balog about Roma from the Duvet or Enter the Majority! / Róm z perinky alebo Enter the Majority! (Slovak Republic)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Wednesday 20 October 2021 and Monday 29 November 2021
Slovak Republic

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest.

performer in a black shirt in front of a projection screen.
Interview with Alina Serban about I Declare at My Own Risk (Romania, United Kingdom)
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Interview with Alina Serban about I Declare at My Own Risk (Romania, United Kingdom)

Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Tuesday 19 October 2021 and Monday 29 November 2021
Romania, United Kingdom

Independent Theater Hungary, in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons, presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021.

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Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021
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Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021

Celebrating Four Years of Contemporary, International Romani Theatre

Tuesday 19 October to Friday 10 December 2021
Worldwide

Independent Theater Hungary in partnership with HowlRound Theatre Commons presented the Roma Theatre Retrospective 2021 which included forty livestreams of twenty shows and twenty interviews from Romani artists in ten countries who were featured during four editions of the Roma Heroes International Theater Festival, Budapest. Livestreaming on the commons-based peer produced HowlRound TV network Tuesday 19 October to Friday 10 December 2021.