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DRAGAN RISTIĆ

Dragan Ristic was born on 09. September 1972. in Valjevo. He graduated on the Faculty of Drama Arts, University of Belgrade, Department of Management and Theatre Production, Radio and Culture. He graduated at the same University a Master degree on Theory of drama art and media in 1999. He is a founder of KAL Band, recognizable by musical style Rock’n’Roma, where he appears as lead singer and guitarist. In addition to many years of musical engagement and participation in numerous music festivals in the country and abroad, he was engaged in film and theater as a producer, actor, and composer – Emir Kusturica film Black Cat, White Cat (translation and music), Romani Theatre Raidna from Belgrade, Romani Theatre Vareso Aver from Budapest (a play Jacques, or obedience – Eugene Ionesco, Blood Wedding – Federico Garcia Lorca). He has been a director of Romani Cultural Centre in Belgrade since 1998. He also worked for Radio Belgrade – a program in the Romani language as a journalist, editor and translator. He published the books Roma media in Yugoslavia: Development and Opportunities (1997) and History of the Romani Theater (1999). As coordinator of Romani language, he held praxis in the European Romani Rights Centre (ERRC). He speaks English and Romani, and has a basic knowledge of the Hungarian language.

Important work experience:

2003 – Producer, Actor and Composer, Romani Theatre Raidna, Belgrade, SKC, Rotaqi Sung (Smell of the wheel)
2003 – Participation on 11th European Biennale of Young Artists, Athen
2003 – Participation on music project Romano Suno, Radio B92
2002 – Participation on the music festival La Notte Di San Lorenzo, Italy (Milan)
2000 – Producer, Actor and Composer, Romani Theatre Vareso Aver, Budapest, Jacques or Obidience Eugen Jonesqo
2001 – Actor and Composer, Bahanalie, Goran Stefanovski, Romani Theatre Raidna, Belgrade
2000 – Producer and Actor, Blood Wedding, Frederico Garcia Lorca, Romani Theatre, Budapest
1999 – Coordinator of theatre workshop, International Romani Roma Culture and Language Summer School, Berlin
1998 – Director of Roma Cultural Center, Belgrade
1998 – Composed, arranged and played in music CD Balkan Ambiance published in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia and Hungary
1998 – Co-operated on translation and music of the film, Black Cat, White Cat, directed by Emir Kusturica
1998 – Performed, organized, translation, and wrote music for Roma pupet-show Sasa pe jekh ivend (Once upon time in the winter)
1998 – Performed in an alternative theater performance All different all equal, on the occasion of the International Day against Racism
1997 – Participation in international Yugoslav festival Budva 1997
1994-1997 – Radio Belgrade (Serbian national radio – Roma program), Activities: journalist, editor, speaker
1994-1997 – Romano Lil, Chavrikano Lil (Romani journals for adults and children; journalist and translator)

Awards:

2001 – First Award for the theatre play Blood Wedding (F.G.Lorca) on the festival Civis Europe, Warsaw, Poland

Publications:

1999 – Ristic Dragan, History of Theatre Romen, published on website Patrin at http://www.geocities.com/Paris/5121/patrin.htm
1997 – Ristic Dragan, Roma media in Yugoslavia development and possibilities, Romology Studies

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Dragan Ristić (guitar, vocal)
Aleksandra Veljković (vocal)
Dušan Gnjidić 
(drums)
Marko Ćurčić (bass)
Rade Arsenović
(accordion)
Bojan Vasić (violin)

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