the centre for intercultural interaction oskar
The OSKAR Centre for Intercultural Interaction headed by Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar was opened in Kuopio, Northern Savo in November 2018. The region represents traditional Finnish countryside with beautiful landscapes, forests and hundreds of lakes. At the same, OSKAR center is situated 19 km from the vital City of Kuopio.
Located in a beautiful forested rural setting, the real appeal, OSKAR awaits visitors. The architectural design by Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, boldly blends traditional log architecture and a modern contemporary touch with a robust choice of material providing guests and visitors a moment of rest, a break from daily routines, and a path to creativity and inspiration.
NORDIC ROMA ARTIST PLATFORM (NRAP) 2017 – 2019
Nordic Roma Artist Platform is a Nordic initiative dedicated to upgrading the status of Romani arts and artists within the Nordic region. The international project is led by world-renowned Finnish author and artist, Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar.
NRAP seeks permanent change in awareness of the Nordic Roma artists in national and international contexts as well as in upgrading their societal positions and recognition in the Nordic region and beyond. In the frames of the project will be established an online Nordic Roma Artist Platform. The purpose of the Platform will be to represent a global easy-to- find-and- access source of high-quality information about Nordic Roma arts and artists.
“Upgrade 2018!” is an international cooperation initiative by renowned Finnish author and artist Mr Veijo Baltzar, coordinated by DROM Association and co-financed by Nordic Cultural Point. The project was dedicated to promotion of Intercultural Dialogue in the Baltic region. Its purpose was contributing to sustainable multicultural Europe, based on common analysis of the course of society as well as innovative methods and initiatives elaborated together during the encounters of the meetings.
A central theme and basis for discussion in the Upgrade2018! meetings were 20 cross-disciplinary law initiatives by Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar for renewing EU’s policies of multiculturalism. Final result of the events and joint work of the participants was the Cross-Baltic strategy of cultural cooperation for promotion of the network's objectives.
THROUGH MIRANDA'S EYES 2016–2018
The exhibition "Miranda – the Roma Holocaust" was created in Finland in 2011 by a world-leading Roma author, Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar in collaboration with 11 international archives, Anne Frank Foundation (NL), University of Helsinki (FI) and Museum of Romani Culture (CZ).
Miranda exhibition tells about the silenced genocide of the Roma in the Second World War’s Europe through an authentic story of Slovakian-born Roma Holocaust survivor Miranda. Miranda started its World Tour in 2017 and has already reached 36 M citizens internationally.
15 Feb Espoo Cultural Centre, Espoo, Finland
11 May Museum of Occupations, Tallinn, Estonia
15 May Latvian Holocaust and Riga Ghetto
Museum, Riga, Latvia
29 Jun National and University Library in Zagreb,
2 Aug Sered´ Holocaust Museum/Slovak National
3 Aug Holocaust Memorial Centre, Budapest,
27 Sept Varaždin’s Old Synagogue, Varaždin,
24 Jan Office of the Ombudsman, Brno, Czech
29 Jan Synagogue of Koprivnica, Koprivnica, Croatia
9 Feb Gimnazija Fran Galović (High school),
8 Mar K2 gallery, Hrvatski dom, Krizevci, Croatia
15 Mar Copenhagen Main Library, Denmark
20 Mar European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
12 Apr Osijek, Croatia
2 Oct Valga Museum, Estonia
School Tour Riga, Latvia
24 Oct Secondary school 33. Riga, Latvia
2 Nov Secondary school 89. Riga, Latvia
30 Nov Riga Eastern Upper School, Latvia
12.12 Rīgas Grīziņkalna J.G.Herderavidusskola,
the conscience of europe 2013 – 2015
Under the direction of its chairman, author and Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar, the Drom Association for Creative Arts and Culture produced The Conscience of Europe project 2013-2015, an international series of events dedicated to reforms in European policies of multiculturalism. The project had received funding from the Europe for Citizens programme of the European Union
The Conscience of Europe project consisted of three parts: an international minister-level conference of the same name held 18-19 March 2014, the Finnish tour of the exhibition Miranda - The Roma Holocaust and the cabaret With the Seven String Guitar. The need for broader discussion on multicultural Europe was already present at the time. Veijo Baltzar wanted to continue the discussion and decided to arrange an event in which influential European decision-makers would engage in common discussion and analysis-making of the future direction of multicultural Europe.
Project's complementary events
Baltzar – kki – humak 2011 – 2012
In early 2011, the section for universities and research of Finland's Ministry of Education and Culture became convinced that Veijo Baltzar's pedagogical methodology of Intercultural Experiential Education expresses a way of thinking that is truly new and important for developing society that should be developed further.
The main objective of the project was to study Baltzar's pedagogical approach from the perspectives of society, pedagogy and teaching methods. The main source material of the pilot project was the manuscript of Cultural Counsellor Veijo Baltzar's book "Kokemuspohjainen filosofia" (title in English Towards Experiential Philosophy, English version of the book was published in 2014), published in the spring of 2012 (ntamo, 160 p.)
the forgotten genocide 2010
"The Forgotten Genocide" was the first series of events ever organized in Finland that discussed the European Roma Holocaust as well as the persecution of the Roma during and after WWII in Finland. The event received significant visibility both nationally and internationally.
The objective of this project was to make the Roma Holocaust known to the public especially in Finland and other Nordic countries, and to encourage other European countries towards active awareness and recognition of history. The seminar dealt largely with the history of the Roma during the Second World War and the present situation of Roma in Europe. Many important issues were raised which the Drom Association continues to address, leading to creation of many new initiatives by Drom in Finland and internationally.