27 Nov 2013: Counting down to Roma Spirit Award Event

Recently the ACEC team (yes, me included) has been busy with the preparation of the 5th annual Roma (Gypsy) Spirit Award Event; a night organized to raise public awareness of Roma needs and to recognize the work of those trying to improve the situation of Slovak Roma.

This event is like the Oscars!!!  With all the details such as nominations, votes, rules, telecast…etc.  A set of awards would be given annually for excellence in achievements that benefiting Roma communities.  The Roma (Gypsy) Spirit Heart Award pictured below would be given to each of the 5 award categories:  NGO, Organization, Education, Media and Person.


Organized and overseen by ACEC, the awards are given each year at a formal ceremony. The event was originally conceived by ACEC president Lubomira Franz Slusna to help improve the position of Roma community and Roma integration process in Slovakia.

The awards were first given in 2008 and now 5th year strong in Slovakia.  It is certainly exciting to learn this event will be going international next year.  It would be expanded to other participating European nations, with an ultimate international award event planned in Brussels.  Isn’t that something?

By the way, if you are wondering, this year’s Roma (Gypsy) Spirit Award Event will be held on 14 Dec 2013 in Bratislava and I have no idea what I should wear! :p  Anyway, happy Thanksgiving!  🙂


  1. Thanks for sharing information regarding the settlement and events. It was nice talking to you last week. Your blog helped us to travel with you in thoughts and understand the pulse program and GSK involvement. Time does fly very fast. Happy thanks giving and stay warm.

  2. Thank you for giving us a glimpse into the Roma people and how their heritage is being celebrated. Sounds like a very exciting event. Looking forward to hearing who wins and what you chose to wear to the gala event. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Phoebe! Increasing awareness is a good idea. I am sure the event will be great and, hopefully, you will find a warm outfit for the festivities.

  4. It’s terrific that the Roma’s are emphasized in a national award. We are all the Lord’s children and should be treated fairly and given equal access to resources. I’m glad you’re participating in the festivity and hope this ceremony will encourage other nations to do the same.

  5. Hey There Phoebe! Hope your “Thanksgivivng” was wonderful. Thank you for all your hard work in that area of the world. Not only did you help bring to light the plight of the Roma people but you worked hard among them to make the quality of their lives better. I’m sure you’ll have much to share with us in person. By the way, wear a “polka” dress to the event! See you soon.

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