MANCALOMANIA in Montenegro (Kotor and Budva)
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.
In collaboration with the Museum of African Art in Belgrade, on July 5th, 6th & 7th 2017, a special programme dedicated to MANCALA game will be organized for kid at the Kotor Festival of Theatre for Children, in Kotor, Montenegro. Just after, the MAA curators will move to Budva where they will present this game to kids but also to adults. In collaboration with JU Museum and Galeries of Budva, program called MANCALOMANIA will take place at the Modern Gallery and Memorial Home of Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša, Budva, Montenegro, on july 8th and 9th in the evening.
If you are around, visit our program in Kotor and Budva!
July 5 -7 2017
12 noon -1 p.m.
„MANCALOMANIA” – creative workshop for kids
After learning the rules and playing the game, children will be instructed how to make a portable mancala out of egg boxes.
To apply for this workshop, please contact the organizers of the Festival: www.kotorskifestival.me.
July 8th 2017
7.30 p. m.
(The Modern Gallery, Old Town)
”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
Visitors will have the opportunity to learn and play mancala themselves.
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.
Mancala boards will be provided by the Museum of African Art.
July 9th 2017
7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.
“HOW TO MAKE MACALA BOARD“ – creative workshop for kids (The square in front of the Memorial Home of Stefan Mitrov Ljubiša)
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.