Scotland’s first Roma culture festival

Ando Glaso announces Scotland’s first Roma culture festival. Scotland’s Roma community’s colorful cultural heritage showcase will take place at CCA Glasgow on 27-28 August.

Ando Glaso is hosting its first ever Roma Cultural Festival, to showcase the colorful cultural heritage of Roma living in Scotland.

On August 27 and 28, CCA Glasgow will offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in a program of live concerts, talks, exhibitions and workshops by Roma artists based in Scotland.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and in partnership with the National Library of Scotland, Ando Glaso embarked in 2021-22 on a year-long journey to explore the cultural heritage of Scotland’s various Roma communities. The finale of this project is a two-day cultural festival, to present a wide range of Roma heritage.

The festival will host the world premiere of a major new work commissioned by Ando Glaso as part of the Scottish Year of Stories and funded by Museums Galleries Scotland. Tales of a Traveling Scotland explore the cultural heritage of Scotland’s vibrant Traveler community in the same way that their history has been preserved and passed on for centuries; through music, songs and stories. The play will be performed by legendary storyteller Jess Smith accompanied by Kevin Whyte, Ian MacGregor and Ciaran Ryan. Other highlights of the two days include concerts by award-winning Daniel Martinez Flamenco, Glasgow-based band ZOR (image above – made up of young Roma artists in their teens and twenties), Ando Glaso Collective, Romacaleo and Romane Cierhenia representing the Romanian, Polish, Slovak, Czech and Hungarian group.

Ando Glaso Creative Director Janos Lang said:

“This unique festival is the first of its kind in Scotland, showcasing the colorful and often invisible Roma cultural heritage. Our goal was to set up a program that will feature artists, experts, artists from the Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Czech, Hungarian, Spanish and Scottish communities of the GRT. We hope the festival will strengthen the bond between our fragmented communities and provide the general public with an opportunity to connect with Roma and the culture currently present in Scotland.

The festival takes place at CCA Glasgow on August 27 and 28

For tickets and full program please visit www.andoglaso.org

About Ando Glaso

ANDO GLASO (In Tune) was established in 2016 to encourage greater understanding and participation in the cultural heritage of Roma people in Scotland, with the aim of stimulating and advancing community cohesion based on respect for the celebration of diverse cultural identities . The organization was started by a dedicated group of Roma volunteers who shared a passion and desire to further encourage links between the diverse Roma and Scottish cultures on many levels, including support and understanding through the promotion of arts programs and music, educational workshops and seminars, conferences and local and national events.

Ando Glaso’s mission is not just to empower and support Roma, but to work with diverse communities and stakeholders across Scotland to celebrate and promote Roma cultural heritage.

Helen D. Jessen