MANCALA IN PIROT !
Thursday and Friday, July 17th & 18th, 2014
In collaboration with the Museum of African Art in Belgrade, on July 17th & 18h 2014, a special programme dedicated to MANCALA game will be organized at the Museum of Ponišavlje Pirot.
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.
THURSDAY, JULY 17TH
6pm-7pm „THE ORIGINE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF MANCALA BOARD GAME”- lecture for adults
by Ivana Vojt, „Mancala, game of thought” (The Museum of African Art, 2012/2013) exhibition curator and catalogue author
7pm-9pm „MANCALA RULES” - mancala meetup groups for adultes
visitors will have the opportunity to learn and play mancala themselves.
Mancala boards will be provided by the Museum of African Art.
FRIDAY, JULY 18TH
10am-12noon „HOW TO MAKE MACALA BOARD“ – creative workshop for kids
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 portable mancala out of egg boxes.