BUVERO means shell in Romani language. It symbolizes communication, positive connections and the power of women.

There are over 6 million Romani women in the world and yet they seem to be almost completely invisible, but BUVERO strives to smash this status quo by giving a group of young Roma girls from disadvantaged communities a crash course in citizen journalism, offering them, during an intensive two-week training series based on lectures and workshops, the theoretical, practical and material tools to tell their own stories. This is steadily shaping to be the first sustainable, online community of young Romani women journalists and artists—empowered to report on current social issues, influence public discourse, and create positive change in both their communities and their own lives.
To empower Romani girls

• deliver a high-quality intensive course in basic journalism to teenage Romani girls
• involve media professionals to personally support the participants
• broaden the horizons of the participants by engaging them across borders
• encourage participants to become spokeswomen for their communities

To empower Romani NGOs

• provide a framework and contacts for quality media education to local NGO partners
• train participants to share what they have learned within the community

To strengthen democracy by including the voices of Romani girls in the public discourse

• create quality reportage for wide distribution
• ensure broad distribution on national and international levels
• create precedents for Romani women’s involvement in public discourse
The first BUVERO training program was implemented in Hungary, Serbia and Germany. The cross-border nature of the project aimed to expand the range of issues addressed by the

participants beyond the traditional boundaries of local and national debates. The project also aimed to build a sustainable, cross-border network for self-expression and the exchange of information among participants. In total, 35 Romani girls participated in the program in 3 countries.
This year, BUVERO – EXPO consisted of a collaboration between two main organizations: the Romedia Foundation in Hungary and the Galerie Kai Dikhas in Germany, with TAK

Theater im Aufbau Haus, Berlin, as an additional partner. The Roma women cross-cultural network BUVERO– EXPO was set to train a group of 24 girls from Romani communities to produce high quality audio – visual materials and take part in an innovative series of cultural activities.
The Romedia Foundation’s third BUVERO training program was implemented in Hungary and Macedonia in 2015. We intend to further expand the network to the Balkans-area in the future.

From the applicants, both Romedia Foundation and the National Roma Centrum of Macedonia chose 12 young Roma women, respectively, to participate in the camps.
The VJ Show
The VJ Show, led by media artist David Szauder, and accompanied by DJ Elemer Santa, and participants to the Buvero 2013/14/15, is a collective creative effort, showcasing the diversity of Romani culture through visual and musical materials, which are processed through a complex VJ and editing software.