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An exhibition gives visibility to the history and culture of the gypsy people to break stereotypes

The Councilor for Culture, Pablo Centella, presented this morning, together with representatives of the Andalusian Federation of the Gypsy Brotherhood Guillermo Carmona and Ramón Rodríguez, the exhibition on the history and culture of the Gypsy People that will host the El Bil-Bil Castle from next Monday November 22th. “In this way we combat the stereotypes that unfortunately make us be at the bottom of this society”, highlighted Carmona.

“For Benalmádena it is an honor that our city has the opportunity to host this exhibition so that the citizens can better know the history and culture of a sister nation that has suffered a lot throughout history, “said Centella, who has insisted that the local government” work to guarantee and promote coexistence in brotherhood of all cultures.

The Councilor for Culture recalled that “the gypsy people have been one of those who have suffered the most as a result of intolerant ideologies such as fascism or Nazism.”

The organizers have chosen November 22 as the opening date of the exhibition because it is the Day of the Andalusian Gypsy. In 1996 the Andalusian Parliament issued a decree to recognize November 22 as Andalusian Gypsy Day because on that same date in 1462 the first gypsies entered Andalusia through the province of Jaén, explained Carmona.

“This day for the gypsies is a protest day, in which we want to expose and publicize our culture and history in order to alleviate one of the great problems we suffer: ignorance of them,” he said.

As they explained, the public who visit the exhibition will be able to know the history of the Gypsy People from their departure from India in the year 1000 to the present. “Andalusia, as we know it today, would not be the same without the contribution of the Gypsy People, and more than 500,000 gypsies currently reside in the community, which is 50% of the gypsy population in Spain,” Carmona explained.

The exhibition also details all the contributions of the gypsy community to Andalusian and Spanish culture, from the Andalusian regional costume to the many words with which the Spanish language has been enriched, such as, for example, kid.

“We Andalusian gypsies are very proud of our broad sense of family, which we consider has also permeated the Andalusian identity,” the representative of the Andalusian Federation of the Gypsy Brotherhood has valued.



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