Hackney celebrates Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month
Explore the history, cultures and languages of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities in Hackney next month 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 300 children.
I’m proud that Hackney is one of the most ethnically diverse places in the country. During Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Month everyone has an opportunity to learn more about Hackney’s history and celebrate the communities that have helped to shape it.
Throughout the month, Hackney Council, Hackney Homes 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 across Hackney’s libraries and a special production at the Rio Cinema. View a full list of Hackney’s events or pick up a leaflet at a local library.