Jivipen, whose name translates as “life” in Romani language, is a project developed together with Roma associations from Cluj-Napoca.
Jivipen promotes Roma culture and supports contemporary art expressions involving the life of Roma people. Trough culture, the project addresses topics such as the Roma history and day-to-day and structural racism and facilitates new connections between the Roma and non-Roma communities. The project’s activities include international camps for children, theatre and visual arts events, creative workshops, ethnographic exhibitions and advocacy activities.
The project aims to create a space of intercultural dialogue that brings together members of the Roma community, other minorities and the general public, promoting Roma history and cultural heritage and setting the foundation for authentic cultural exchange.
In 2018, Jivipen brought a new event to the city’s agenda: The Roma Culture Day, organized in May 19th within the Cluj-Napoca Days, stating the role of the Roma community and culture as an important part of the city’s community. A theatre show by Alina Șerban, a screening of a Swedish documentary “Taikon”, directed by Gellert Tamas and Lawen Mohtadi and a traditional Roma concert also took place. The activities were organized in collaboration with “Lucian Blaga” National Theatre, The Embassy of Sweden in Romania, the Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania and the Cluj-Napoca City Hall.
The consultations with Roma activists and the members of Pata Rât community confirmed their interest in the design and participation to Jivipen project. In 2018, we will continue to identify local and international partners active in promoting the Roma culture and intercultural dialogue. We will also organize group meetings to plan Jivipen activities in the coming years.
Cluj Future of Work tackles the themes and priorities of Culturepreneurs, Cluj 2.1 and Jivipen. Cluj Future of Work is a project created and implemented by the Cluj Cultural Centre and the Cluj-Napoca Municipality and funded through the Urban Innovative Actions programme of the European Commission. The total grant has a value of 5.6 million euro and is available for 2019-2021. Partners: Universitatea de Artă şi Design din Cluj-Napoca, Festivalul Internațional de Film Transilvania, festivalul ZAIN, Fundația AltArt, ARIES Transilvania, Cluj IT, Cluster Mobilier Transilvan și Clusterul de Industrii Creative. More details on cluj21.ro/work.