Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Over lunchtime I visited the Civic Hall where we were hosting the International Gipsy Roma Traveller History Awards...

The Awards Ceremony, which as held last year at the House of Lords, was attended by over 200 guests from across the country who were celebrating the achievement of the winners in the national storytelling competition and the international 'O Baro Dive' competition. The "O Baro Dive" poster which translates as "Celebration" was painted by Roma artist Ferdinand Koci to celebrate Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month 2009. Children and young people wrote short stories to enter the storytelling competition and 100 words to describe the 'O Baro Dive' poster. The events were organised by the Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month committee, Education Leeds Gypsy Roma Traveller Achievement Service, the National Association of Teachers of Travellers and other professionals and community workers from around the country.

Over 1000 young people entered the competitions and the winners were presented with their prizes and certificates at the ceremony where they also had the opportunity to meet artists, storytellers and musicians from the Gypsy Roma Traveller communities.

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