|The Roma have been known as entertainers in every
country they have traveled. In eastern Europe, the Roma have been known
as skilled acrobats, bear trainers, horse trainers, musicians, dancers
and singers. They have owned and operated traveling carnivals and circuses.
They have been prized by royalty as court musicians for their mastery of
Roma have contributed their own unique styles to middle eastern music, Jewish klezmer music, flamenco music and dance, jazz, and they have influenced other artists in their music and art, among them Liszt, Bizet, Brahms, Dvorák, Verdi, Rachmaninov, and Bartok.
Many well-known modern entertainers have claimed Romani ancestry, including the actor and Roma activist, Yul Brynner; the comedian, Charlie Chaplin; the actress, Rita Hayworth; the actor, Michael Caine; and the actor and director Bob Hoskins. The Gipsy Kings are perhaps the best known Roma musical entertainers in the world today.
The Romanes language has not had many important authors, primarily because of the absence of a universal standard in written Romanes. Among Roma authors are the novelist Mateo Maximoff, a Kalderash Rom, writing in French, translated by others into English and other languages. Papusza, the Romni poetess from Poland, is being "rediscovered" by new readers. Today, important Roma authors are emerging from Europe with critical acclaim, writing in Romanes.
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of their Own Music by Elena Chinyaeva
Haydn and the Roma by Linda Burman-Hall
Gypsy Orchestras: a Vanishing Tradition by Dork Zygotian
My Friends the Gypsies - Interview with Aleksandar Petrovic
Roma in the Theater by Nikolai Slichenko
The History of Theatre Romen by Dragan Ristic
Time of the Gypsies Film Review by Ian Hancock
Dezider Banga, Poet - Slovakia
Rinaldo Olah, the Violin King - Slovakia
The Never-Ending Roma Question by Ivan Sever
Humble Start of the Gipsy Kings by Kim Campbell
Romani Museums and Exhibits
Krakowska St. 10
Tel: +(48) 14 22 06 25
Muzeum Romské Kultury
Brno, CZECH REPUBLIC
Tel: +(42) 5 581206 or +(42) 5 571798
The Gordon Boswell Romany Museum
Spalding, Lincs. PE12 6BC, ENGLAND
Tel: +(44) 1775 710599
Limes End Yard, High Street
Selborne, Nr. Alton, Hants GU34 3JW, ENGLAND
Tel: +(44) 1420 511480
Webbington Loxton, Nr. Axbridge
Somerset BS26 2HX, ENGLAND
Tel: +(44) 1934 750841
Paultons Park Leisure Park
Hampshire SO51 6AL, ENGLAND
Tel: +(44) 1703 814442
13460 Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, FRANCE
Tel: +(33) 4 90 97 52 85