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! 🙂