Hackney,
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June
2015
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Europe/London

Celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

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Explore the history, cultures and languages of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Hackney during the month of June and find out more about the borough’s history.

Throughout June Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Britain will be celebrating Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month (GRTHM) to raise awareness and explore the history of the largest ethnic minority community in the European Union.

Gypsies and Travellers have been part of Hackney’s rich and diverse community for hundreds of years, having been passing through and living in the area for five centuries. It is estimated that there are currently about 600-800 Gypsies and Travellers living in Hackney, including around 400 children.

Throughout the month, Hackney Council, Hackney Homes, Homerton NHS and the London Gypsy and Traveller Unit will be holding a series of free interactive family events to help raise awareness of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in the borough. Events throughout the month of celebrations will include interactive workshops and storytelling in libraries, Hackney Museum and Children Centres across the borough.

A full list of the Hackney’s events to raise awareness and explore the history, cultures and languages of Gypsy, Roma & Traveller communities is online or, pick up a leaflet at a local library.

Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
We’re very proud to be one of the most ethnically diverse places in the country. During our Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Month celebrations everyone has an opportunity to learn more about Hackney’s history and celebrate the communities that have helped to shape it.
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council