My Identity, My Freedom, Expressing Culture Through Fashion

An exhibition of ROMANI, a contemporary fashion label inspired by Roma tradition.





We are happy to invite you together with The European Foundation Centre (EFC) and the European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) to ROMANI exhibition ‘My Identity, My Freedom, Expressing Culture Through Fashion’ until 19 April at the Philanthropy House.

ROMANI, created by Erika Varga and Helena Varga in 2010, is the first Roma studio with the aim of raising awareness about the culture and heritage of both Hungarian and Roma culture’s within the fashion community. ROMANI is instrumental in giving a voice to Roma culture by reinterpreting traditional Roma patterns with a modern urban touch. The brand also directly serves Roma society by employing disadvantaged Roma women, organising workshops and hosting events to discuss Roma identity, heritage and culture.

  • A short introduction on the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership by Alina Şerban, Project Manager, ERSTE Foundation
  • A talk by Erika and Helena Varga on the role of women in social entrepreneurship and their experience with building the ROMANI brand over the past years
  • A talk by Livia Jaroke, MEP, and first Romani woman to be elected Vice President of the European Parliament.

We hope that you will be able to attend this event and see for yourself the inspiring working taking place. ROMANI has not only given an innovative and fresh take on fashion but has also contributed to the progress and betterment of the Hungarian and Roma Community.

Please confirm here your participation before 5 March. If you have questions about the event, do not hesitate to contact

ROMANI is also a learning centre for disadvantaged young people, for unemployed Roma and non-Roma and is supported within the ERSTE Foundation Roma Partnership.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.