The Youth Middle in Prizren was buzzing with voices. Schoolchildren, dad and mom, representatives of the humanities and theater of Kosovo and the gypsy and Turkish communities of Kosovo had been eagerly awaiting the play “The Cussed Man” – a play initially written in Turkish and adopted within the Romani language – for kids.
Melissa, the actress who portrays Geeta within the play, takes the stage with energetic actions – adopted by an extended spherical of applause. She is quickly joined by her two mates, Anand and Akbar who – like her – are somewhat upset by the conduct of one of many different males within the hood, whom they name the “Cussed Man”. He causes bother along with his canine, he refuses to go to highschool and doesn’t wish to play with others.
Subsequently, they got here up with an concept – to ask the “cussed man” to play with them and thru numerous artistic video games, telling him in regards to the significance of going to highschool in addition to the necessity to get acquainted with the heritage and traditions of the gypsy group.
“We needed to present Roma youngsters a play within the Romani language and, by way of laughter and play, have them find out about Roma symbols, traditions and costumes,” says Gynesh Veshall.
Jenish, her colleague Jacir Messini, volunteers and activists of the Roma group have seen by way of their work that Roma youngsters are an increasing number of reluctant to make use of their mom tongue. For a number of years, Gynesh and Jasir have been concerned in numerous initiatives and initiatives specializing in Roma rights and elevating consciousness of the significance of Roma youngsters’s participation in pre-school training. Along with this, each of them are artists who’ve been part of many performs.
Jainsch and Jasser consider theater is the very best channel for sharing messages and elevating consciousness, so that they got here up with a artistic concept, to coach youngsters from their group on the values of the Roma language and the significance of studying and enhancing their heritage – all this by way of creative strategies.
Their concept of selling the Roma language and enriching the theater of Rome acquired help by way of the Problem Prize Competitors, an initiative that types a part of the “Cultural Heritage as an Engine of Dialogue between Communities and Social Cohesion” venture carried out by the United Nations Growth Program in Kosovo and funded by the European Union. The initiative focuses on supporting proficient younger ladies and men – with a concentrate on marginalized teams – to develop their concepts to advertise, interpret or reinterpret ICH, develop abilities and achieve work expertise, and lift consciousness of its richness and variety. Cultural Heritage in Kosovo.
“That is the primary play in Rome to be produced particularly for kids. There have been many performs which have been on stage through the years however none of them have had youngsters within the highlight,” says Jacir, who can also be a part of the forged.
Each Jenish and Jasir couldn’t disguise the satisfaction and pleasure for all of the love and appreciation they acquired from the viewers. Though the play is written within the Romani language, about 40 schoolchildren from the Turkish, Bosnian and Albanian communities got here to observe the present together with 60 youngsters from the Romani group.
“Youngsters perceive the language of emotions higher, and artwork is the very best promoter,” says Jenish who’s joyful to see the room full of youngsters not solely studying about Roma heritage – but additionally making new mates collectively and constructing a way of appreciation for various cultures.
“Via this play, now we have enriched society with our heritage, so the small influence of elevating consciousness now could be a long-term influence for our future,” Jenish concluded.
All optimistic feedback – not solely from the Roma group but additionally from different communities – encourage Gynesh and Jasir to alternate concepts for locating methods and funding to play the drama in different places round Kosovo as properly.
Gynesh and Jasir consider that youngsters from the Roma group throughout Kosovo should have the chance to assemble and watch the play, have some enjoyable and mirror on their wealthy heritage and values as a group.
Story ready by Mimoza Kqiku
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