The Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize was launched in 2019 by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).
Embodying the ERIAC founding principles, the Tajsa Prize honors a Roma individual who – by drawing from Roma cultural heritage – enriches the Roma arts and culture scene as well as shapes and reinvents forms of Roma cultural expressions for the next generation. The prize awards an outstanding Roma creative as one of the leading voices of the Roma cultural movement today.
In 2019, the first Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize was awarded to Alina Serban – Roma actress, playwright and director from Romania – during the Tajsa Prize Ceremony at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.
The Tajsa Prize is entirely sponsored by ERIAC Associate Members through their membership fees. This allows for the unique redistribution of those contributions back to the community by supporting the development and growth of an exceptional Roma professional in the field of arts and culture. The prize is designed by leading Roma artist Robert Gabris and consists of an endowment of 5.000 Euros.
The nominations for this year’s Tajsa Prize were submitted by the ERIAC community consisting of over 230 individual and institutional members. The jury of the Tajsa Prize selected five finalists that will compete for this special honor :
This year, the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2021 Ceremony will take place at the National Theatre in Belgrade on December 10, 2021 at 19.00 (CET).
The ceremony will feature a selection of world-renowned Roma musicians, including the all-female Serbian-Roma band Pretty Loud, the violin and accordion duo The Pillers with Danijel and Darko Piller, world-class soprano Nataša Tasić Knežević, international jazz virtuosos Sandro Roy & Landsberger Trio, jazz singer Riah Knight, and singers Silvija Nesić and Aleksandra Aleksandrović.
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The event will also be streamed live on ERIAC social media.