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Evening Travelogue Presentation at the MAA - "Stories from Morocco: the cultural heritage of the nomads of the Sahara"

On the occasion of the Morocco's Enthronement Day, the Museum of African Art and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco organize a travelogue evening "Stories from Morocco : the cultural heritage of the nomads of the Sahara" on Monday , 27 July 2015 at 7pm.

Every year in May, more than thirty nomadic people from Morocco and other parts of North Africa gather at the festival called Musem , in Tan Tan in Southwest Morocco. At this year's Musem Festival numerous participants coming from this year's partner countries Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates, as well as Mauritania, Mali, Niger, etc. were hosted in around 800 tents. About 120 foreign guests: politicians, professors, diplomats and among them three journalists from Serbia had a chance to enjoy the hospitality of the inhabitants of this part of the Sahara.

Impressions and photos of this exciting journey will be presented by Borislav Korkodelović , journalist and editor, Nebojsa Kotlajić, RTS (Radio Television of Serbia) journalist and Zoran Škrbić, RTS cameraman.


 

The Museum of African Art is introducing a special program for the elderly

The Museum of African Art in collaboration with the Faculty for Culture and Media and the Gerontological Society of Serbia has developed the socially engaged project: “MAA for all, all to the MAA: special program for the elderly” in order to support the integration and active participation of the older generations in cultural programs. The project is supported by the Balkan Museum Network, Cultural Heritage without Borders and the Government of Sweden.

The programs of the Museum are intended for different age and other status groups. In order to make the contents of the Museum accessible to our elderly citizens and so as to aid their movement through the exhibition space, the MAA is in the process of implementing special handrails and wheelchair ramps. In the coming period, curators of the Museum and student-volunteers will visit homes for the elderly held by the Gerontological Center in Belgrade, where they will present the programs of the Museum and hold special clay sculpture workshops. With the finalization of the project, free visits and programs for the elderly will be implemented in the Museum’s offer on a regular basis.


 

Latest e-Publication:

“Music of West Africa: Four instruments from the Museum of African Art collection”

by: Srđаn Тunić

This book is based on the curatorial thesis "The Music of Africa: a perspective in the interpretation of traditional African musical instruments and their contemporary meaning based on the collection of the Museum of African Art in Belgrade". The topic of this spеciаl еditiоn titled “Music of West Africa...” summarises the complex and rich musical creativity of the western parts of the African continent by referring to 4 examples from the museum’s collection: the kora, tama, balafon and lamella.

Srđаn Тunić is an art historian who spent several years working at the Museum of African Art. He is one of the instigators of the museological phenomenon - KUSTOSIRANJE.

Currently he is in Mexico actively developing his curatorial career.

Download the publication here.


 

Throughout July and August at the Museum

AFRICAN MURALS: PLAYFUL WALLS

Creative workshops for children and guided tours for adults through the “Traditional African Murals” exhibition
• promotional entrance fees • doubled schedule •

Throughout July and August,
every Wednesday and Sunday, from 11h to 13h.
Entrance fee: 100 dinars

What do you think, what did a traditional family home in Africa look like?
The walls of the house were decorated in murals.

Would you like to learn the language of walls and the way they communicated stories in Africa?
Each line, every shape, all the colours have a meaning.

Did you know that the rain washed the painted murals off the walls and that they were renewed each year?
Not a single mural is ever the same!

The African Murals: Playful Walls workshops accompany the ongoing exhibition at the Museum Traditional African Murals, which shows the practice of painting houses that can be found across Africa. The programs of workshops and exhibition-tours will present the way in which colours, drawings, reliefs and mosaics decorated the homes of the Igbo people (Nigeria), the Gurunsi (Burkina Faso and Ghana), Basotho and Ndbele (South Africa) peoples.


 

AFRO FESTIVAL 2015

June 12-14

The Afro Festival is a cultural event that is annually held at the Museum of African Art in Belgrade. The Festival emphasises cultural diversity and the presentation of cultural heritage as a way of promoting multiculturalism in today's world. With the participation of lecturers and experts in the field of African studies, as well as African and local artists, students and friends of the museum, the Museum organises exhibitions and lectures, music and art workshops, concerts, and public guided tours through the permanent display and thematic exhibitions.


 

SWAHILI

LANGUAGE WORKSHOPS

There is a Swahili proverb: MTU NI WATU, which means A PERSON IS PEOPLE.

By learning Swahili, different customs, temperaments and behaviours are better understood.

Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the Bantu language family, a large family of languages spoken across a large area of sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the centuries, Swahili spread through the trade among different peoples and nations. In both Tanzania and Kenya, Swahili is a national language, however it is spoken by millions more across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: in Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.

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