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Romanian Roma Culture Museum to be located in District 6

Bucharest Deputy Mayor Gabriel Petrea yesterday announced that the Roma Culture Museum will be erected in District 6 on a tract of land to be identified during the next two weeks. He also said that a local public authority should not only take care of parks, streets homeless dogs or landfills, but to promote intercultural relations as well. The museum will be built by the KCMC, along with the Romano ButiQ Association. Romano ButiQ President Ciprian Necula said that the project does not seek to set up a 19th century-type ethnographic museum to display but a few Roma costumes or tools, but a “high tech” one, with holograms, vide and technological projections, a forum museum where visitors could learn how Roma people really are. Necula pointed out the museum will open in May at the earliest, with the building to host it costing nearly EUR 400,000 obtained via EU financing part of a SOPHRD project. “It’s a modular building which could be assembled or disassembled. While it has been installed for a few months in Cluj, Iasi, Constanta and Craiova, this being Bucharest, we would like this museum to be in place for a long as possible,” Ciprian Necula . The museum will take up nearly 1,500 sq m and its opening cost is estimated at about EUR 500,000.  According to Romano ButiQ representatives, while the latest census put the number of Roma people living in Romania at approximately 618,000, according to unofficial data from the European Commission and the World Bank, their number could nonetheless come up to three million.

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