31 July, 2020

On the occasion of the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Nazi Genocide against Roma and Sinti, the Association EPEKA, Soc. Ent., kindly invites you to the commemorative event The Night When the Violins Went Silent. The event will take place on Friday, 31 July 2020, at 11:00 on Jewish Square in Maribor (between the former synagogue and the Jewish Tower).

The event will include a lecture by Vita Zalar, assistant professor and young researcher at the Institute for Cultural History of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences Vita Zalar Genocide of the Roma in the grip of contemporary populisms. The musical background will be provided by the renowned singer and chansonnier Katja Šulc and guitarist Andraž Mazi.

In case of rain, the event will take place in the Maribor Synagogue; the number of visitors will be limited in this case.

You are cordially invited!

Organisers of the event.

Vita Zalar, M.A., is an assistant professor and young researcher at the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU), Institute for Cultural History. Her research focuses on Roma history from the Austro-Hungarian Empire to the Second Yugoslavia. She is working on her doctoral dissertation Conceptual History of “Gypsy-ness”: Habsburg and Post-Habsburg Perspectives at the Graduate School of the Jagiellonian University, ZRC SAZU. She is researching Roma history during the Second World War as a member of the international project (2019-2022) Dislocations and resistances: Genocidal violence and persecution of Roma, Sinti and Travellers in Western Europe, 1939-1946.

Katja Šulc is a renowned Slovenian singer who combines poetry and music in her compositions. She moves between different musical genres, including setting poetry, contemporary chanson, ambient and electronic music, folk and world music. Her latest album, Kamlisajlan (Casete Mexico, 2016), is dedicated to contemporary Roma poetry from the Balkans and Eastern Europe, and has so far been presented widely across Slovenia and beyond (France, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Morocco, Nepal, Mexico, USA, Guatemala).

Guitarist Andraž Mazi began his musical career at the Klagenfurt Conservatory, focusing mainly on jazz music. Since then, he has been actively performing throughout Slovenia and is an important member of the Slovenian music scene (Olivija, Borgesia, BAST, Robert Jukič, Riki Zadravec and others).

The event was supported by.

The event is part of the projects “Stone Tears 2020” and “Voice of Roma – Concert Series”.

If you do not have your own transport, we can take you from VNRC Roma Station to the venue and back. In this case, the assembly point is in front of the VNRC at 10.00.

The event is organised in the framework of the activities of the Roma Station Multipurpose Roma Centre.

EU Funds

The VNRC Roma Station project is part-funded by the Ministry of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and the European Union through the European Social Fund. The operation is financed under the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the European Cohesion Policy 2014-2020, Priority Axis 9 “Social inclusion and reducing the risk of poverty”, Priority Investment 9.1 “Active inclusion, including the promotion of equal opportunities and active participation, and improving employability”, Specific Objective 9.1.2 “Empowering target groups to move towards the labour market”.



In order to comply with the preventive measures to prevent and limit the spread of covid-19, we kindly ask that only healthy persons without signs of respiratory infection attend the event, and that an adequate safety distance of 1.5 m between each other is maintained at the event itself, that proper cough/sneeze hygiene is maintained and that other safety instructions of the organiser are followed.

In accordance with Article 2 of the Ordinance amending and supplementing the Ordinance on the temporary general restriction or prohibition of gatherings of people in the Republic of Slovenia (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No 96/20), the organiser of the event is obliged to keep a list of the people present. To this end, all visitors are requested to provide the organiser with the following information on arrival at the event: name and surname and address of residence. If the NIJZ does not request the attendance data within one month from the date of the event, the data will be securely destroyed.

The Association EPEKA, Soc. Ent., is supported by: