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Radio Pata: Voices from the margins
Få gratisbillett
22. februar 2023 Kl. 12:00
23. februar 2023 Kl. 15:00
Sted: Bergen Kjøtt
Språk: Engelsk
Kategori: Foredrag / Workshop

Just outside Cluj-Napoca, Romania’s fourth biggest city, you find Europe’s largest waste-related ghetto. Around 1500 people, who mostly identify as Roma, now live at the Pata Rât landfill. 

After being forcibly relocated from the city in 2010, these people have since built improvised shelters with materials that they were able to find at the dump. While being subject to long-term discrimination and confronted with a toxic environment, the majority of people from Pata Rât live in extreme poverty and some lack access to utilities or electricity. 

It is against this backdrop that Radio Pata exists, Pata Rât’s very own community radio. How come a radio station such as Radio Pata exists and what is its role?

Invitation from Radio Pata

Radio Pata, the community radio of the Pata Rât (Cluj/Romania) ghetto is coming to town (yes, ghetto is the word Pata Rât inhabitants themselves use for their living environment).
So meet the ghetto dwellers, the facilitators and the anchor, and engage with them in dialogue on everything between contemporary racism and structural violence to the aesthetics of Romanian turbo-folk.
How can a place like Pata Rât - one of the most compact ghettos in Europe even exist? How come it even grows? Who are those people, and what do they want? 
We, the Radio Pata people 
will have a guided exhibition on Roma history and the more recent evacuations for you
will have debates on culturally facilitated social work with you
will cook for you
and will want you to engage.
What kind of social dynamics can a community radio trigger?
How did we get 1500 city folk come and dance for 3 days in the ghetto? 
How does assertion of cultural identity go along with integration? 
How do the happy or unhappy ends of the Radio look like, and what comes after?
We know these are not easy topics, but these are not easy times either. 
Just come. 
We’ll eat and talk it all over

Workshop on Community work with Alex Fechete

Schedule 22.02

Alex Fechete is a Roma activist for human rights, who is involved in numerous projects and initiatives dedicated to the Roma community in Pata Rât. Besides being an anchor and a reporter at Radio Pata, he works as a community facilitator in various social projects and is a performance athlete in the local Tengu club.
The workshop is free of charge open to all interested in working with cultural activities for vulnerable children and marginalized groups; educators, social workers, artists with socially engaged art practices, politicians, NGO’s etc. 
Please get your free spot via TicketCo

Schedule 23.02

15:00: Radio Multe meets Radio Pata - live radio show from Bergen Kjøtt on 93.8 FM and https://radiomulte.live


17:00: Guided exhibition about Romanian Roma History and The Cluj / Coastei Evacuation 


17:30: Presentation and conversations about Radio Pata and the role of community radio


19:00: Communal meal - “Plain old Transylvanian cooking” (vegan and gluten free alternative available)


19:30: Presentation and conversations about the prospects of the Pata Rât Community


The public events are free of charge and open to all, and you can come for parts or for the whole event. 


Please reserve your free ticket via TicketCo.

About Radio Pata 

The Radio Pata project is a project initiated by The AltArt Foundation for Alternative Arts in partnership with The Community Association of Roma from Coastei, The General Directorate of Social Assistance and Child Protection Cluj, The Centre for the Study of Democracy and Stiftelsen Bergen Internasjonale Teater/BIT Teatergarasjen.


Within the project, the AltArt Foundation together with the partners implements Radio Pata, a community radio streaming 24/7 – co-created by the targeted communities (Pata Rât: 1400, Stephenson: 80, Master Manole: 150 people). Through horizontal co-decision making processes, members of target communities define programme structure and content, share information regarding community self-organization and city public services.


The project contributes to the inclusion of vulnerable groups in Pata Rât, Stephenson and Master Manole by increasing their resilience and ability to inform themselves, to assert their identity, to organize themselves, to demand their rights before the authorities, to access social services (education, employment, health, etc.), to catalyze processes of institutional transformation, to assert themselves culturally and socially and to participate in community life.


Using a horizontal approach, the project contributes to:

  • the empowerment of the target communities in terms of access to information, self-expression, self-representation, self-organization, social participation and resilience (with special focus on youth);

  • combating racism and discrimintation;

  • promoting the respect for human rights;

  • fighting antigypsysm and stereotypes.




The Project Radio Pata is funded under the EEA Financial Mechanism – Active Citizens Fund Romania The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme (ACF Romania) is part of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021. The objectives of the Programme are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. ACF Romania will pursue a long-term development of the civil society sector sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway).



About AltArt

About AltArt


AltArt is an NGO that promotes digital culture and aims to strengthen the Romanian cultural sector. AltArt contributes to promoting the impact of culture on societal development through research, debates, networking and policy work. Its projects involve the development of interactive platforms, a series of mixed reality events exploring new cultural dimensions through the use of the Internet and new technologies, workshops, exhibitions, live art events etc. AltArt projects deal with topics related to public space, urban regeneration, identity and social relations in digital space. 


Projects include: 

  • Pata-Cluj – a series of artistic interventions and cultural education activities as part of an integrated approach to the social inclusion of the Roma community in Pata Rât;
  • Visible City – contemporary art works are exhibited in the urban space;
  • Artizen – the urban and social reactivation of some transition areas of the city of Cluj;
  • Samples – a series of dance performances and augmented reality in public space;
  • Future Forecast – reflection on urban contemporary life by artists and scientists, public art; 
  • E-Tribal Art – artistic interventions in the texture of electronic tribes;
  • Bare Share – analysis of the culture of sharing in Romania; 
  • Synchroni-Cities – a game like platform for urban exploration in Europe; 
  • Terra Incognita – a series of interactive mixed reality exploring events, tackling social, cultural and political issues at stake; 
  • Press Repeat Sam – interactive film workshop; 
  • DIY workshops a.o.

AltArt contributed to the development of the cultural strategy of the city of Cluj and to various initiatives of the civil society in Romania to improve cultural policies. Since 2006 AltArt has participated actively in A Soul for Europe a Europe wide initiative promoting the strategic role of culture for European development. In 2009, AltArt has established together with other Cluj based organisations and artists Fabrica de Pensule, an independent space for contemporary arts.

AltArt projects have been supported by: European Union (Culture 2000, Lifelong Learning, Phare), European Cultural Foundation, Romanian National Cultural Fund, Romanian Ministry of Culture, Romanian Cultural Institute, Pro Helvetia, Goethe Institute, British Council a.o.