The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture e.V. (ERIAC) is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe, the Open Society Foundations, and the Roma Leaders’ initiative – the Alliance for the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, launched in June 2017. A highly regarded, cutting-edge agent of the contemporary arts and culture scene in Germany and internationally, ERIAC has been part of a Roma art renaissance that ostensibly began at the Venice Biennale´s first Roma pavilion in 2007 when the “Paradise Lost” exhibition electrified the international art world. ERIAC exists to increase the self-esteem of Roma and to decrease the negative prejudice of the majority population towards Roma by means of arts, culture, history, and media. ERIAC acts as an international creative hub to support the exchange of creative ideas across borders, cultural domains, and Romani identities. ERIAC aims to be the promoter of Romani contributions to European culture and talent, success, and achievement, as well as to document the historical experiences of Romani people in Europe. ERIAC exists to be a communicator and public educator, to disseminate a positive image and knowledge about Romani people for dialogue and building mutual respect and understanding.


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