A version of the TNT Atalaya Seville.
In 2008, the international centre for theatrical investigation (TNT Atalaya of Seville) appealed to the women of El Vacie to stage a production of a drama by Federico Garcia Lorca.
This is a community which is a reflection on the theme of the struggle of women for the recognition of equal rights within a traditionally male-dominated gypsy community. At the same time, the work expresses the need to subvert the image of the mediatised traveller who is dangerously imprinted in the collective memory of Europe.
On my daily research I found out this story which I really want to share with you. First of all I will tell you a story about a place in Europe, Spain, and later will show you a documentary of those people who live in El Vacie.
El Vacie, Seville is the oldest still existing roma settlements in Europe. This place was founded in 1932, during the Franco regime, when the poorest families were expelled from Seville’s Triana neighbourhood.
The settlement has cruel conditions for all inhabitants. No current water or sewage systems. The electricity was also just recently taken out from the city.
There are promises by the politicians, beginning with Franco who came out to El Vacie, promising improvements, and every politician has done so since then before the elections, but improvements do not seem to come
The site is divided into three parts: one is inhabited by Spanish Gypsies, the other by Portuguese Gypsies, the third by Gypsies from Extremadura.
But the inhabitants of this place are not completely left to themselves. In 1998 Spanish volunteers established in the site the Maria Angeles Kindergarten
Twenty permanent volunteers and eight paid staff members work here, and in addition they are regularly visited by doctor and psychologist. They strive to take care of all the children, most of whom only get hot food, hot water and education here, and to rescue them from the circle of poverty and criminality. The residents speak with great thankfulness about their work.
I must confess this article is probably one of my favourite. Even though I live in the Jaen area, Granada is actually closer to my beloved village. I do remember the summer of 2007 when visiting for the first time Granada, seeing the beauty of this unique place. Granada has a thousand years of history, culture, and most important its people…
To commemorate the thousand year anniversary of Granada I will contribute to mention again the rich cultural place with its people. And if I mention people I mention the Gitanos and the legacy of the Al Andalus.
Ernest Hemingway wrote “How lazily the sun goes down in Granada, it hides beneath the water, it conceals in the Alhambra!” Shakespeare also said “Every inquisitive traveller keeps Granada in his heart, without having even visited it.” Chateaubriand argues that “Granada is like the crystal bride of our dreams; whoever beholds it has the illusion of visiting it again.”