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KATHE, AKANA! (Here, now!) – Independent theater festival and cultural platform of the Romani people

KATHE, AKANA!” has a clear social message of education, awareness, and strengthening of a positive identity. This cultural diversity about and especially with the Roma serves both Roma community’s inner harmonization and the majority of the non-Roma population.” (Alex Fifea, the founder of the first international Roma theater festival in Romania). In his final high school year, Alex discovered a passion for acting through “Podul” Student Theater, headed by director Cătălin Naum. Later, however, upon graduating from the UNATC, the young actor refused all proposals coming from state theaters and chose the total freedom of an independent actor. He chose the more challenging path, as they say, because, for him, it seemed more important to be able to talk and play about the less pleasant aspects of a society. Now, more than a decade after his first steps in the theater, Alex Fifea has become one of the prominent voices on the independent scene in Romania. “KATHE, AKANA!” Roma Theater Festival is positively a confirmation of that initial creed:

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Anca Văleanu is a talented and optimist young women of 17 years old. She is acting, playing and preparing for a career in hotel industry. In 2021 she started writing, her first articles being about the success of those who started with few chances in life and about the projects that help young people from disadvantaged areas.

Creative teenagers and young adults who grew up in Ferentari neighborhood in Bucharest write articles about Roma culture, with editorial guidance, as part of “Avdives, Khetanes!” (translation “Today, together!”) project implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation.

“Avdives, Khetanes!” aims to increase inclusion and develop the premises for a better quality of life for Roma children in Belin commune, Covasna county and in Ferentari marginalized neighbourhood (Sector 5, Bucharest).

The project is implemented by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with Belin Community Development Association for Belin commune and by Amfiteatru Foundation in partnership with the City Hall of Sector 5 for Ferentari and benefits from a 856.678 euros grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the SEE and Norway Grants as part of the Local Development Program.