In Prague, Celebrating the Richness of Romani

The New York Times

The rhythmic, pulsating sounds of brass and rich voices, a film premiere and a wedding reconstruction are all part of the festive week of Khamoro in Prague. Now in its 13th year, the Khamoro Festival, which runs from May 22 to 28, aims to show the richness of Romani culture, and contribute to the integration of Roma into society, while also encouraging the improvement of relations between the Romani community and Czech society.

The highlight of the week is performances by the fabulous Gypsy bands that organizers recruit from around the world. This year bands, who hail from the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway and India, will be entertaining in various venues throughout the city. For a full immersion in Gypsy music, head to the closing concert on May 28, when seven bands will be playing.

Other fun activities include a parade of performers through the center of Prague on May 26, a documentary film premiere, an art exhibition and something new for this year — a wedding.

“We are preparing the reconstruction of a traditional Roma wedding, which will show the audience a traditional Roma wedding from the past,” said Michal Miko, the festival’s assistant producer.