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About this initiative

Publishing in Romani language dates back to the early 20th century. While the majority of the printed publications in Romani are newspapers and magazines, the number of publishers or NGOs publishing books in Romani has been growing in the recent years. The language of the largest minority group in Europe is increasingly being used today as a written language both in printing and in communication on the Internet and is becoming a center of positive self-identification for the European Roma community. At the same time development of the language as a means for public communication and expansion of its possibilities are powerful tools for emancipation of the Roma. Despite the lack of standardization of oral and written Romani, the mutual intelligibility of some varieties allows for the publications to reach bigger audience, beyond the national borders.

Between 2002 and 2007 Romani Publications project facilitated and fostered these processes by supporting publications in Romani language and by advising Roma cultural and educational organization how to better distribute and promote their publications. For this period, the Romani Publications Grants Program provided financial and editorial support for 31 print and 4 web publications in Romani language or bilingual, with the involvement of more than 30 organizations as publishers and benefiting the Roma communities in 12 countries. Thus, the Grants Program generated a critical impact by increasing the quantity and quality of the Romani publications produced annually in Europe. Whereas in some countries (Romania and Serbia) thanks to the local state policies this number is significant, in others (such as Albania and Ukraine) the Next Page-supported projects are among the exceptional examples of Romani language production. In addition, the Grants program set up quality standards with regard to content, writing system, editing, design and distribution of the publications supported, and stimulated the establishment of informal networks among authors, publishers and researchers working on particular publication that remain vital beyond a particular project scope.

List of supported projects

Country Grantee Project Language(s) of publication
Albania Multicultural Association Equal How God Created the Man. Romani Folklore from Albania by Mina Qirici Romani, English
Albania/Bulgaria/ Russia/Kosova Minority Studies Society Studii Romani Romani Folklore Materials on the Internet Romani, English
Belarus/Russia Stepping Stones School Romani Dreams by Valdemar Kalinin Romani, Belorussian, English
Bulgaria Gender Project for Bulgaria Foundation Romani Women Can Do it! (audiovisual material) Romani
Bulgaria Kham-Sun Foundation Shakir Pashov. Apostle of the Roma in Bulgaria by Lili Kovatcheva Romani, Bulgarian
Bulgaria Fairy Tale Road Foundation Unbelievable Adventures. Romany Fairy Tales by Iossiv Nounev (audio) Romani, Bulgarian
Bulgaria Kham-Sun Foundation Romani Folklore from Kjustendil City and District Romani
Bulgaria Support for the Roma Foundation The Roma View on the World by Georgi Parushev (cancelled by the applicant) Bulgarian
Bulgaria Andral Foundation/Student Society for Development of Intercultural Dialogue Roma Language Educational Support Page - Romani chib Bulgarian, Romani
Bulgaria Center for Intercultural Studies Romani Fairytales from North Eastern Bulgaria Romani
Bulgaria Elite Community Center for Romani Culture Sali Ibrahim: Romani Mythology Romani
Bulgaria/Macedonia Folklore Institute of Academy of Science Manush Romanov: Collection of folklore materials from Bulgaria multi-lingual
Czech Republic Dzeno Association Dzeno Association Information Server Romani, Czech, English
Czech Republic Society of the Friends of the Magazine Romano Dzaniben Romano Dzaniben – journal of Romani studies Romani, Czech, English
Czech Republic Dzeno Association Khamutno Khamiben by Vlado Olah Romani, Czech
Macedonia RCED Darhija Romano Onomastikon. Etymology of and narratives about Roma names in ex-YU by Ljatif Demir Romani
Macedonia RCED Darhija Hundred of Years on the Road by Els de Groen Romani
Macedonia, Serbia Center for Romani Emancipation Romani Songs, Tales, Legends and Anecdotes from Macedonia and Serbia Romani, English
Romania Editura Limes Romani Fairy Tales by Barbu Constantinescu Romani, Romanian, English
Romania European Studies Foundation Ilonka Neni. The biography of Illeana Lacatus by Csilla Konczei Romani, Hungarian, Romanian
Serbia Women Studies and Research Romani Women. Oral Histories of Elderly Women from Vojvodina Romani
Serbia Bibija – Romani Women Center Women’s Strength - bi-lingual on-line and printed magazine Romani, Serbian, English
Serbia Multimedia Center – Trstenik Molilese. A children book by Miroslav Mihajlovic Romani, Serbian
Serbia Cultural Center for the Roma in Kragujevac Fortune Covered by Poorness by Alija Krasnici Romani
Serbia Roma of Novi Becej Association Life and Traditions of Roma in Vojvodina (web site) Romani, Serbian
Serbia Roma Link Ready for Marriage: young women oral histories from Vojvodina and Macedonia Romani
Serbia Cultural Center for the Roma in Kragujevac The Dream of Erdjan by Alija Krasnici Romani
Serbia Center for Education, Research and Social Care for Roma Romani Emancipacija Romani
Serbia and Montenegro Roma Cultural Center - Belgrade Ratvalo Bijav Romani
Slovakia Oz Zurdo Association Phurikane Gilja – a collection of old Romani songs Romani, English
Slovakia Luludi Association Flower - magazine for Romani children Romani, Slovak
Russia Rombiblio Association Rombiblio – digital materials of Romani books from the ex-USSR Romani
Russia, Ukraine Crimean Society for Romani Studies Language and Literature of Crimean Roma by Vadim Toropov Romani, English
Ukraine/Russia Romani Yag The Memories of a Nomadic Romani Woman by Anna Orlovskaja and Nikolaj Bessonov Romani, Russian
Ukraine Transcarpathian Regional Cultural - Educational Society of Slovak Women “Trust” Dream by Margita Rejznerova Romani, Ukrainian