Philanthropy House hosts exhibition by ROMANI – My Identity, My Freedom. Expressing Culture Through Fashion

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

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ERSTE Foundation, The European Foundation Centre (EFC), and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) invite you to join the opening of the ROMANI Exhibition. The event will take place on 6 March at 16.30 in the Galleria of Philanthropy House (Rue Royale 94, 1000 Brussels).

ROMANI, created by sisters Erika Varga and Helena Varga, is the first Roma studio with the aim of raising awareness about the culture and heritage of both Hungarian and Roma culture within the fashion community. ROMANI is instrumental in giving a voice to Roma culture by reinterpreting traditional Roma patterns with a modern urban touch. The brand also directly serves Roma society by employing disadvantaged Roma women, organising workshops and hosting events to discuss Roma identity, heritage and culture. For the last five years, ROMANI has been supported by ERSTE Foundation, an EFC and EVPA member.

My Identity, My Freedom. Expressing Culture Through Fashion” programme will consist of: 

  • A short introduction on the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership by Alina Şerban, Project Manager Social Development at ERSTE Foundation; 
  • A talk by Livia Jaroke, MEP and first Romani woman to be elected Vice President of the European Parliament; 
  • A talk by Erika Varga on the role of women in social entrepreneurship and her experience with building the ROMANI brand over the past years.  

We hope that you will be able to attend this event and see for yourself the inspiring work taking place. ROMANI has not only given an innovative, fresh take on fashion but has also contributed to the progress and betterment of the Hungarian and Roma community. 


March 6 @ 16:30
April 19 @ 17:00
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Philanthropy House
94 Rue Royale, Brussels, 1000 Belgium
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