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“There is more than dirt in our history”: how Berlin became the capital of Romani art

Artists, actors and playwrights are flocking to the city to show work that celebrates Roma identity and tackles negative stereotypes

By Morgan Meaker  

Damian Le Bas' globe displayed at ERIAC.

In an old warehouse in eastern Berlin, Mihails Kokarevics sits at the head of a large brown table, reading aloud from his notes. The 31-year-old artist reads his poetry to the room through a theatrical moustache, slightly curled at each end. His writing speaks about racism faced by his community. “It doesn’t matter how much you want to make us dirty,” he says. “We are pure, clean souls inside.”

His audience—the 20-or-so people who…

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