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From Fiddles To Flamenco At A Romany Festival In Prague

The Czech capital, Prague, is hosting the Khamoro World Roma Festival, a celebration of Romany culture from across Europe. The festival was founded in 1999 by a couple from Sarajevo who wanted to share the rich cultural traditions of a minority that faces frequent discrimination in many countries. Named for the Romany word for "sun," the Khamoro festival aims to spread the energy of Romany music and dance. (Photos by Margot Buff, RFE/RL)

Girls walk in the parade of the Khamoro World Roma Festival in Prague on May 29, 2015.
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Girls walk in the parade of the Khamoro World Roma Festival in Prague on May 29, 2015.

Members of the Russian band Ilo perform in central Prague.
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Members of the Russian band Ilo perform in central Prague.

Young members of a dance group
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Young members of a dance group

Women carry the flags of some of the countries whose musicians participated in the festival, including Romania, Russia, Spain, and Israel.
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Women carry the flags of some of the countries whose musicians participated in the festival, including Romania, Russia, Spain, and Israel.

Brass band Mahala Rai Banda from Romania
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Brass band Mahala Rai Banda from Romania

A member of Mahala Rai Banda
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A member of Mahala Rai Banda

A dancer of the Flamenco Aire Quintero ensemble from Spain. Flamenco music and dance emerged from the melding of Romany and other cultures in Spain's Andalusia region.
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A dancer of the Flamenco Aire Quintero ensemble from Spain. Flamenco music and dance emerged from the melding of Romany and other cultures in Spain's Andalusia region.

Tamburitza of the Danube, from the Vojvodina region of Serbia
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Tamburitza of the Danube, from the Vojvodina region of Serbia

Dancers gather on Prague's Old Town Square.
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Dancers gather on Prague's Old Town Square.

Musicians from Slovenia accompany young dancers.
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Musicians from Slovenia accompany young dancers.

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Girls ride in a horse-drawn carriage in front of the international Romany flag, which features a wagon wheel.
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Girls ride in a horse-drawn carriage in front of the international Romany flag, which features a wagon wheel.

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