Ateneul Național din IașiDAC MUSIC PERFORMANCE

Promoting Roma culture through contemporary art.


About the project

The project is implemented by the House of Culture "Ion Creangă" Târgu Neamț, in partnership with the National Athenaeum of Iasi and Dac Music Performance (Norway).

The general objective of the project

The general objective of the project is to increase the level of awareness and valorization of Roma culture through integrative actions with cultural-artistic and professional content with the involvement of Roma people from Neamț county.

The specific objectives of the project:

Increasing the visibility of Roma cultural identity by publishing a research on Roma culture, holding 10 theatrical performances for 400 people and organizing an artistic creation club for 75 children from Neamț county, for 12 months;
Facilitating access to cultural-artistic knowledge and skills, through a vocational counseling program for 70 Roma people, of which 35 will benefit from professional training and running 1 internship program for 5 Roma people, for 4 months;
Improving the reception strategies of Roma culture by developing a platform dedicated to contemporary art created by Roma children and running a cultural inclusion experience exchange in Norway with 15 people, for 12 months.
Valoarea proiectului
Project value:

891,366.53 lei (180,150.47 Euro), of which 85% EEA Grant and 15% the national budget

Locația de implementare
Deployment location:

Romania, Neamt and Iași counties, respectively Norway, Oslo

Durata proiectului
Project duration:

12 months

Despre proiect
As a historical minority in Romania, the Roma have lived alongside the majority population for approximately 5 centuries, according to documentary attestations. However, the social distance between the Roma and the majority population continues to be maintained, stereotypes and prejudices remaining the main vectors that describe the Roma in the mind of the majority population. This situation is caused by the lack of knowledge and recognition of Roma history and culture, in society as a whole, but especially in the educational system.

About the project: Target group

The target group of the project – 573 people, with the following distribution by category:

  • 400 people from Neamț county who participate in the theatrical performances, of which 200 people come from 36 marginalized localities in Neamț county;
  • 75 Roma and non-Roma children participating in art club events;
  • 70 people of Roma ethnicity who are subject to employment measures and come from vulnerable localities in Neamț county, who participate in information and vocational counseling activities. Among them, 35 people with skills and inclination towards cultural and creative activities will participate in training specific to the field of entrepreneurship in the cultural sectors and;
  • 5 people of Roma ethnicity who hold a job in the cultural-artistic sectors who will participate in the workplace training program;
  • 23 people who are part of the project management and implementation team from the Project Promoter and Com. Bahna (Băhnișoara, Izvoare, Țuțcanii din Vale); Com. Beer (Rediu); Com. Borca (Sabasa); Com. Bozieni (Bozieni); Com. Cândesti (Cândesti, Pădureni, Ţardenii Mici); Com. Crăcăoani (Crăcăoani; Doljești Com. (Buruienești); Dulcești Com. (Poiana); Făurei Com. (Budești); Girov Com. (Popești); Icușești Com. (Bălușești, Bătrânești, Mesteacăn, Rocna, Tabăra); Mărgineni Com. (Mărgineni, Hârțești, Itrinești); Oniceni Com. (Gorun, Pietrosu, Solca); Păstrăveni Com. (Rădeni); Petricani Com. (Tolici); Piatra Șoimului Com. (Poieni); Pipirig Com. (Leghin, Stânca); Poienari commune (Poienari); Răucești commune (Oglinzi); Războieni commune (Borșeni); Sagna commune (Sagna); Stănița commune (Ghidion, Todireni). In the implementation of the project, it will be ensured that 40% of the targeted persons are women.

About the project: Targeted indirect beneficiaries

The targeted indirect beneficiaries are:

- the unique visitors of the virtual platform that will bring together the works of art made by artists of Roma ethnicity;
- local communities from Neamț county: for this category of indirect beneficiaries, the needs of diversifying the cultural offer and increasing the degree of access of individuals to culture are taken into account;
- local public authorities, as a result of carrying out the cultural-artistic actions provided for in the targeted implementation area of the project through their role regarding the permanent information of the citizens regarding the benefits of participating in the project activities, including the schools that come under the coordination of the local councils, as of secondary credit orderer.

The main identified needs of the Roma, both as direct and indirect beneficiaries, consist of:


- the need to promote the defining elements of Roma cultural identity - identified as a response to the problem of poor knowledge of Roma history and cultural heritage, which leads to a negative perception of the Roma ethnic group and a high degree of discrimination;
- the need for some initiatives to sensitize the general public and to improve the reception of Roma culture - identified following the observation of the negative perception of Roma accompanied by numerous speeches inciting hatred;
- the need for the involvement of Roma children in cultural and artistic events - as a result of the extent of ethnic segregation in education and implicitly the poor participation of Roma children in education. Their involvement in cultural-artistic events aims to stimulate interest and emphasize the importance of participation in education, but also to increase self-esteem as a result of inclusion through culture;
- the need for capacity building, professional training in the field of cultural entrepreneurship and training in the cultural-creative sector - identified as a result of the low level of employment of Roma people due to ethnic discrimination. Being recognized for their talent in crafts, in musical art and not only, counseling and training Roma people in the creative cultural sector, but especially vocational training in the field of cultural entrepreneurship, can have a strong positive impact in increasing the employment rate of Roma .

The main activities

The main activities carried out within the project are the following:

Project management, monitoring and control;
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Improving cultural references by carrying out an integrated research on the formation and evolution of the Roma ethnic group and transposing its relevant elements into a play;
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Increasing social inclusion through initiatives dedicated to children, such as an artistic creation club regarding performing arts and handicrafts;
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Organization of capacity building and knowledge acquisition actions in the cultural and creative sectors through professional training programs and non-formal training;
The development of initiatives to sensitize the general public and to improve the reception of Roma culture through a virtual platform and through an exchange of experience and know-how.
EEA Grants

The EEA Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe. There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014. For the period 2014-2021, the EEA Grants amount to €1.55 billion. More details are available on: and

RO-CULTURE Programme

RO-CULTURE is implemented in Romania by the Ministry of Culture through the Project Management Unit. The Programme aims at strengthening social and economic development through cultural cooperation, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural heritage management.
The total budget amounts to almost 34 million EUR. For more details access:

This project is financed with the support of EEA Grants 2014 – 2021 within the RO-CULTURE Programme

Granturile SEE 2014 - 2021
Ministerul CulturiiUnitatea de management a proiectului

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