Through Miranda´s Eyes (TME)
Funded by Europe for Citizens Programme of European Union
Through Miranda´s Eyes (TME) is a global, 18-month cross-disciplinary project dedicated to celebrating intercultural dialogue and reforming history education policies. TME raises awareness about the Roma Holocaust in WWII and promotes Romani arts and culture. The project is supported by Europe for Citizens program of European Union.
In WWII about half of European Roma got killed in the Holocaust. The world recognized the genocide of Jews and forgot the Roma. Topic still remains unknown to general public. With growing number of refugees entering EU states, we need a platform for self-reflection: how to avoid repeating history? Is it truly possible to promote art and culture of a nation without the recognition of its past?
In 2001 Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, initiator of the project, interviewed Miranda, a Holocaust survivor and became inspired by her story. When beginning a wider research on the subject, the renowned scientist and artist run into a claim by the Nazis about the life of the Roma not being worthy of living. This created a vision of a new innovative concept of teaching about Holocaust by using art as a method of promoting a life worthy of living and depicting it together with the societal developments before, during and after WWII.
Veijo Baltzar turned the story of Miranda also into a novel “My Friend Adolf”. The novel will be ready in 2017 and it will be translated to other European languages.
In cooperation with 13 European archives, one from US, Anne Frank Foundation, Museum of Romani Culture (Brno, Czech Republic) and University of Helsinki, Baltzar turned Miranda´sauthentic story into a novel and an exhibition in 2011. Within TME project the well-functioning Finnish concept will be tried out and developed to suit the needs of 18 European and 2 other states.
In Finland Miranda exhibition has toured for 5 years (visibility > 1 000 000). It was on display at the National Museum of Finland 9/2013–3/2014 breaking the audience record: “Museum has for the first time ever given an opportunity to a national minority, the Roma, to tell their own story with the focuses they themselves consider important.”
Within TME project coordinator Drom will build a global network around Miranda´s brand-personality, with a pursuit to establish permanent activity and cooperation. TME project functions as a platform for partners to realize 20 national openings of Miranda-related, diverse intercultural, artistic activities: the exhibition, drama workshops for youth, concerts, lectures and online-debates discussing intercultural relations and the state of minority arts as well as guiding youth on to a constructive path of multiculturalism.
Drom and partners will realize a 20-lingual virtual exhibition with educational platform, which will serve citizens, teachers and students around the world decades after the project. A political initiative about the exhibition content being integrated in educational programs of each state will travel together with the exhibition, encouraging citizens to influence and follow Miranda. Drom has already begun planning and designing of a fictional documentary about Miranda that will depict different phases of the TME project.
Founded in 2009, Drom Association´s strategic steering committee plays an important role in achieving project’s objectives. Its members are Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, Finland’s former PM Paavo Lipponen, MEP Liisa Jaakonsaari, Members of Parliament Pekka Haavisto,Ilkka Kanerva and Outi Alanko-Kahiluoto, professor of multicultural education Fred Dervin, Youth Council Olli Saarela and director of the Alexander theater Reima Jokinen.
TME will result in Miranda`s World Tour 2018-2050.