International Initiative for Development for Ethnic Art

Romani settlement Jarovnice

For the Jarovnice project we worked with 100 selected gifted children from the Romani settlement in Jarovnice.

Children who have attended the auditions for the programme Divé maky may have been talented but it was clear they were not properly guided.

Ida Kelarová and her team decided to take matters into their own hands and took on the responsibility for the whole project of educating the participating children from Jarovnice.

After a year of work and professional supervision of these selected gifted children who display talent and interest, 20-30 of them will be given the opportunity to participate in the individual support programme Divé maky and consequently acquire a scholarship to support their talent and education.

The first spring workshop in Jarovnice for 100 children was held led by Ida Kelarová and her team on 2.5.2010 .

Jarovnice is listed as one of the largest Romani settlement in Slovakia.

The very first festival Gypsy Celebration featured two talented Romani musicians, Marek nad Miki Kotlár from the East Slovakian Romani settlement near Jarovnice, and thanks to the Škola dokořán Foundation were able to perform at this festival. The settlement was badly affected by destructive floods in 1998 during which 50 inhabitants perished. Among those lost were the Kotlár brothers' siblings and mother.

It was the first time these two young boys ventured outside the Jarovnice settlement where they were born and raised. At Ida Kelarová's classes they were given the opportunity to meet people from all over the world, learn about new cultures and traditions and also to learn how to sing Romani ballads in multiple voice thus gaining skills in choral singing.

Both brothers are currently employed by the Jarovnice school where they teach local children Romani ballads and pass on their skills and knowledge gained at Ida Kealrová's international workshop.

We plan to continue with our work with the children and also the whole Kotlár family, inviting them to the annual summer camp organized by MIRET, and to continue in collaborating on project Jarovnice. Our goal is to "teach them how to teach" and to pass on their knowledge gained from MIRET.

Work with children – Jarovnice


Romano drom

Romano drom summer school with concerts in three towns in the North Bohemia (Šluknovsko) will take place during July 30 - August 13, 2016.


  • 9. 8. letní kino v Novém Boru
  • 10. 8. Lužické náměstí v Rumburku
  • 11. 8. zámecké zahrady v Děčíně


Concerts with the Czech Philharmonic

Four concerts by the Čhavorenge Choir and Czech Philharmonic directed by Marco Ivanović will take place in Prague in October 2016.