Casting call for community film making project

Travellers’ Times and Rural Media have launched a new film project exploring health and well-being from the perspectives of young Travellers. Its Kushti to Rokker is a community film project looking to cast young actors and actresses from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller backgrounds.

Romani Gypsies and Travellers are raising their voices to bring issues facing young people in their communities into the public debate. They’re sharing their personal stories and lived experiences to inspire and co-create five short dramas aimed at breaking down the stigma that surrounds speaking out about mental health.

As part of this project we are now looking for five individuals aged 13 – 25 years old to play lead roles. 

if your interested email for more information.


Auditions: Tuesday 16th July 2019 1:30 – 4pm
(Please note all auditions will be given a specific time within this window)

Shooting Starts: 2nd September 2019
Shooting Ends: 6th September 2019

Production title: Its Kushti to Rokker 
Project length: Short Films (3-5 minutes each)
Posted on: Monday 1st July 2019
Production location: Worcestershire
Production Company: Rural Media/Travellers’ Times 
Company website:
Audition Location:  Rural Media Packers House, West St, Hereford HR4 0BX
Shooting Location: Worcestershire

The films will be submitted to a variety of film festivals and will be part of a national resource for schools and mental health charities designed to highlight some of the challenges that young people experience inside and outside of school. 

We will provide a fee and all travel expenses will be covered.

Traveller Movement launch Good Practice Guide for improving outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children in education

The Good Practice guide for improving outcomes for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children in education outlines three years of research, case studies, and good practice, as compiled by the Traveller Movement education and advocacy team. 

As well as providing an overview of the presenting issues, the report profiles good practice in schools and outlines what good schools are doing to encourage Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) pupils to remain and to thrive in education.

Living with Gypsy Musicians…..Rom mania!

This month the spotlight is on EC member Tim Everson. 


Shouts of applause arose through the smoke filled air as a young boy, no older than seven, launched into another burst of melodic notes on an electronic keyboard as he lead the band, of perhaps the most famous virtuoso Gypsy musicians in the world, who followed the melody on violin, cimbalom, accordion and double bass……. writes EC member Tim Everson.

As the music rose to a crescendo, cries of encouragement were followed by the appreciative audience of Gypsy and gauje on lookers throwing down fifty, one hundred lei notes onto the child’s keyboard!

I was in Romania, in the village of Clejani, home to the Gypsy band Taraf De Haidouks and staying with the family of the accordionist, Todei and his wife. This was the last stop on a trip to Romania living with Roma musicians accompanied by a small group of aficionados of Eastern European Gypsy music. Continue reading “Living with Gypsy Musicians…..Rom mania!”