Creative Association
for Arts and Culture Drom

Nordic Roma Artist Platform NRAP • 2017-2019 

Nordic Roma Artist Platform (NRAP) is a Nordic initiative dedicated to upgrading the status of Romani arts and artists within the Nordic region. The international project is led by world-renowned Finnish author and artist, Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar (www.veijobaltzar.fi) and administered by Creative Association for Arts and Culture Drom, established in 1976 (www.drom.fi). The aim of Drom is to promote intercultural dialogue in Europe by the means of arts and cultural political activities.

NRAP seeks permanent change in awareness of the Nordic Roma artists in national and international contexts as well as in upgrading their societal positions and recognition in the Nordic region and beyond. In the frames of the project will be established an online Nordic Roma Artist Platform. The purpose of the Platform is to represent a global easy-to- find-and- access source of high-quality information about Nordic Roma arts and artists.

The strategic steering committee of Drom participates in the realization of the NRAP project. The committee members are Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, former Prime Minister Paavo Lipponen, MEP Liisa Jaakonsaari, Member of Parliament Ilkka Kanerva, Counsellor of Youth Affairs Olli Saarela, Professor of Multicultural Education Fred Dervin and Director Reima Jokinen of the Alexander Theatre in Helsinki.

In the publication discussion event in Nordic Cultural Point, Helsinki 28. 11. 2018 the members of NRAP jury emphasized that rich, vital and diverse art traditions have existed and evolved in Nordic countries side by side with majority cultures, but that they have remained fairly invisible until present. Described as "though negotiations" by the chairman of jury Veijo Baltzar, the process of selection was an attempt to create a composition of quality artist that would have far-reaching and solid effects to the societies of Nordic region and and globally.

The list is presented in order of age starting from the youngest:

NRAP Artists publicized 28.11.2018 in Nordic cultural point

In the publication discussion event in Nordic Cultural Point, Helsinki 28. 11. 2018 the members of NRAP jury emphasized that rich, vital and diverse art traditions have existed and evolved in Nordic countries side by side with majority cultures, but that they have remained fairly invisible until present. Described as "though negotiations" by the chairman of jury Veijo Baltzar, the process of selection was an attempt to create a composition of quality artist that would have far-reaching and solid effects to the societies of Nordic region and and globally.

An 8-person Nordic jury, consisting of highest authorities of arts and culture gathered in Kuopio in the OSKAR centre for Intercultural Interaction in the frames of Nordic Roma Artist Platform. Hosted and chaired by Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, the jury gathered to nominate 12 forerunning artists from Nordic countries for groundbreaking and exemplary activities.

selected NRAP artists

The list is presented in order of age starting from the youngest:

1. Sara Wilhelmsen, Norway (script-writer, theatre activist)

2. Djangomayn, Finland (rap-artist)

3. Carmen Baltzar, Finland (writer and film-maker)

4. Amadeus Lundberg, Finland (singer)

5. Dimitri Baltzar, Finland (poet, visual artist, singer)

6. Nina Castén, Finland (singer)

7. Dimitri Keiski, Finland (singer, musician)

8. Bahtale Roma band, Sweden

9. Suora Lähetys orkestra, Finland

10. George Michalache, Denmark (musician)

11. Fred Taikon, Sweden (author, activist)

12. Elias Akselsen, Norway (musician, singer)

Director of the project

The project leader, cultural counsellor Veijo Baltzar, a wandering Roma by his roots, is a Finnish author, playwright, and political activist – a cultural fighter on many fronts. Baltzar is a leading international Roma author, and he pursued his life’s work for the Roma people through his artistic, social and cultural activity. Baltzar has served as a prominent figure building bridges between the majority and minority populations. Since starting his literary and artistic career in the 1960s, he has discussed Roma culture and its relationship with the majority culture in more than 72 literary works including novels. Baltzar has been a theatre director, directed dozens of plays, and taught at the Theatre Academy in Helsinki. He is also an active visual artist.

See Baltzar's CV

Veijo Baltzar's website

supported by

The goal of Kone Foundation is to advance bold initiatives in research and the arts.  It is an independent and unaffiliated organisation, which awards grants to promote academic research, culture, art and the popularisation of research. Kone Foundation pursues active arts and research policies, and it is constantly seeking and providing alternatives to the mainstream.

The Fund contributes to positive artistic and cultural development in the Nordic Region  In recent years, the Nordic Culture Fund has evolved into an active participant in and facilitator of new networks, the aim of which is to develop cultural policy in the Nordic Region.

Administrated

BY DROM

Creative Association for Arts and Culture Drom has been founded in 1976. Drom’s mission is to promote intercultural dialogue in Finland and internationally through means of art and cultural political activity. Drom Association’s founder, author, Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar acts as its chairman.