Welcome! Siyakwemukela! Welkom! Kamohelo!
Clowns Without Borders South Africa is an artist-led humanitarian organisation dedicated to improving the psychosocial condition of children and communities in areas of crisis through laughter and play.
We also seek to raise our society’s awareness of conditions in these areas.
Founded in 2004, Clowns Without Borders South Africa has implemented more than 800 interventions with performances and arts-based workshops for over 375,000 children and families.
Countries where we have worked include South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Botswana, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Sweden, Lithuania, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
CWB-South Africa maintains a spirit of peace, joy, compassion and loving kindness in all of our endeavours.
Please feel free to browse our website to find out more information about Projects, Partners, Press, and ways you can support our work!
Thank you! Siyabonga! Dankie! Rea Leboha!
Ever wanted to learn to be funny?
Clowns Without Borders is thrilled to announced our newest addition to the team, Jayne Batzofin, who is officially joining our organisation as Artistic Director. After many years directing clown shows and being on tours herself, we are excited to have her on board in this more formally funny capacity.
Playing under the Baobab tree
Second to last Ntcheu show at Gomani Village, we play on the top of a hill bathed by the light of the setting sun, next to a huge Baobab tree. Our show becomes more honed smooth and fun with the audience and the audience cheers and laughs with us. In the end the atmosphere in the audience is peaceful, open, and listening. Then, like after all the shows there is an burst of desire to come and play with us. We get out the hula hoops and the jump rope and the party continues.
Jambo, muli bwanji, hello, buon giorno from Malawi! Binini, Banana, Naartjie and Mrs Maluwa (meaning flower in Chichewa) have been rehearsing for the last 2 days with 16 members of the YONECO cultural troupe in Malawi. The result is an eclectic afromix of Malawian, Swazi, South African, British and American clowns, musicians and dancers.
One word for the Jubalation tour in Juba, South Sudan: Wow!
The tour was intense. It was taxing both emotionally and physically but my energy and willingness to keep going came from the good team spirit amongst my fellow clowns, the supportive Terre des Hommes (TdH) staff members and last, but not least, the undying willingness of our beneficiaries to engage in our activities.