A City’s good practice towards the elimination of discrimination
The Roma Cultural Centre was opened in April 2009 with the aim of raising awareness about the situation of Roma people, and to develop methods for the increased participation of Roma people in society. The Centre houses a museum that documents the various Roma groups in Sweden for the past five centuries. Collections at the museum include authentic items, clothing, crafts and jewellery donated by Roma families and individuals. The museum is the only one of its kind in Sweden.
In addition to the museum, the Centre also organises lectures and activities as a way to teach the citizens about the culture of the Roma people. Visitors may also enjoy the sounds of traditional Roma music while enjoying treats at a café, watch international films, view art exhibitions, or read a large number of books on Roma culture and history contained in the library. An estimated 20,000 people visit the Centre each year. A Roma Cultural Centre is a way to raise awareness of the City’s population on the history and the culture of this people. This can lead to a better understanding and interest among the residents.
Malmö is the third biggest city in Sweden, with a population of around 300.000 people. Malmö has undergone a major transformation with impressive architectural developments, attracting new biotech and IT companies, and particularly students through Malmö University College. The city contains many historic buildings and parks, and is also a commercial centre for the western part of Scania.
Malmö has been a member of the European Coalition of Cities against Racism since November 2007.
For more information on the Roma Cultural Centre, please visit: www.rkcmalmo.se (website in Swedish)