Categories: NewsFlash Date: Mar 8, 2010 Title: Europeana: A Roma Journey
Visitors to a new Virtual Exhibition - Europeana's A Roma Journey - can view a unique collection of full-text books, rare manuscripts, photographs, paintings, sound recordings and videos from the world of the Roma. Van Gogh's Les Roulottes, campement de bohémiens aux environs (1881) (pictured) is one of the features in the type of virtual exhibitions available on Europeana in the future.
Europeana invites the public to uncover the Roma’s rich cultural heritage through a ground breaking multilingual online exhibition. The display is organised by The European Library – one of Europeana’s first content providers. The European Library is channelling digitised content from Europe’s national and research libraries into Europeana.
The Exhibition is a unique collection of full-text books, rare manuscripts, photographs, paintings, sound recordings and videos from the world of the Roma. Rarities on offer include the first ever dictionary written in Romani-Serbian-German in a concentration camp, traditional songs and tales, postcards and letters exploring the experiences of one Roma family in Scandinavia.
Currently, visitors to Europeana.eu can discover more about Roma heritage by searching for items. Objects to be found include a video of traditional music and a Van Gogh painting of a Roma camp.
Europeana is working with The European Library to develop virtual exhibitions, including some with curatorial interpretation, for the Europeana.eu portal (http://europeana.eu/portal/). A Roma Jounrey is a first glimpse of more virtual exhibitions on Europeana in the future.