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March 28th & 29th, 2014

Mancala poster

In collaboration with the Museum of African Art in Belgrade and the Department for Sport and Youth Development, the Heritage Museum “Petrovac na Mlavi” will organize a special event - MANCALA WEEKEND. On Friday, March 28th and Saturday, March 29th, 2014, citizens of Petrovac na Mlavi will have the opportunity to learn how to play the mancala board game.

The event will take place within the spaces of the Department for Sport and Youth Development, Davorjanke Paunovic Street, n.n.

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.

March 28th, 2014, 5 pm - 7 pm

MANCALA RULES FOR GROWNUPS: Ivana Vojt, 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.

March 29th, 2014, 10 am - 12 noon

CHILDREN'S WORKSHOP: 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.

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


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