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December 7th & 8th, 2013. Museum of Vojvodina, Novi Sad

In collaboration with the Museum of African Art in Belgrade, on December 7th & 8th 2013, a special event - MANCALA WEEKEND - will be organised at the Museum of Vojvodina in Novi Sad.

Mancala is a cognitive board game based on logical and mathematical combinatorics played in different variations on four continents: in Africa, Asia, South and North America. However, it is only in Africa that that it is played across the whole continent. It is considered to be one of the oldest games in the world and there is evidence of it that goes back to the Neolithic.

To become a good “mancalist” no previous knowledge is necessary. The rules are simple however it is not easy to score. What is developed through mancala is quick calculation, strategic thinking and tactics. Also, playing mancala is a good opportunity to develop communicational skills, forge friendships and meet new people.

Participation in the program is free and mancala boards will be provided by the Museum of African Art.

Children's Workshop

December 7th & 8th, 2013, 11 am - 1 pm

MAA curators will show children how to play mancala. After learning the rules and playing the game, children will be instructed how to make a prtable mancala out of egg boxes.

Mancala Rules for Grownups

December 7th, 2013, 4 pm - 6 pm

Exhibition curator and catalogue author will give a short presentation of this game, after which visitors will have the opportunity to learn and play mancala themselves.

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