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June7th & 8th, 2014

In collaboration with the Museum of African Art in Belgrade the Heritage Museum Knjaževac will organize a special event - MANCALA WEEKEND. On Suterday, June 7th and Sunday, June 8th, 2014, citizens of Knjaževac will have the opportunity to learn how to play the mancala board game. The event will take place at the Heritage Museum Knjaževac.

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.

Exclusively in the NIGH OF MUSEUMS 2014! At prime time, after 20h, there will be a performance by the now famous trio which combines traditional African music with electronic sound. The Trio are: Nevena Filipović - vocals, Bojan Ivković and Relja Svilar - music (percussion + sound matrices).



June 7th, 2014, 6 pm - 12 midnight


6 pm - „How to play mancala board game?” – mancala meetup groups for kids

7 pm - „How to make macala board“ – creative workshop for kids

8.30 pm - „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

9 pm - „Mancala Rules” - mancala meetup groups for adultes, visitors will have the opportunity to learn and play mancala themselves.

Sunday, June 8th 2014, 11 am - 1pm

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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