* Improve the emotional wellbeing of children and caregivers affected by crisis in Southern Africa and around the world through humor, laughter, and play. *Raise our society's awareness domestically and internationally about conditions encountered in areas of crisis. * Provide professional development and empowerment opportunities to local artists and improve community based organizations' capacity to provide emotional relief. * Maintain a spirit of creativity, play, humour, joy, peace, compassion, and loving kindness in all our endeavors.

Welcome to Clowns Without Borders South Africa!

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! 


Latest news

  • 4 weeks 6 days ago

    The ongoing civil war in South Sudan has left thousands of families without homes and hope. Many children have witnessed alarming levels of violence and experienced trauma that is very distressing and heartbreaking. The war has stripped them from their fundamental children’s rights – to laugh, to play, to dream, and most of all, to be safe.

  • 14 weeks 5 days ago
    Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) is seeking a Western Cape based Afrikaans speaking workshop facilitator. The candidate will work as a co-facilitator for CWBSA’s Our Story Your Story (OSYS) project as an Independent Contractor.
  • 29 weeks 6 days ago

    Clowns Without Borders is excited to announce the launch of the Team Tarbaby produced film of Our Story Your Story's intergenerational autobiographical storytelling workshop.

    This film captures our RMB funded project in 2015 that brought together elders from Ikamva Labantu's Masiphumelele Senior Club and youth from the Harambee Youth Accelerator to to discover the magic of connecting through life stories.

  • 30 weeks 4 days ago

    Ever wanted to learn to be funny? 

  • 40 weeks 6 days ago
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    Ever wanted to learn to be funny?


    Clowns without Borders South Africa (CWBSA) are looking for a range of artists wanting to develop their clowning skills and social upliftment engagement through an intensive 3 day workshop.



  • 2 weeks 6 days ago
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    “We feel forgotten here, but now [during this workshop] we feel important and remembered because you have come to us and made us happy!” These are the words of an elderly man who attended our arts based workshop yesterday. He was one of the smiling and enthusiastic participants enjoying every moment of the workshop.

  • 8 weeks 2 days ago
    Sizwe Vilakazi attended our Johannesburg Clowning for Beginners Workshop in 2016, little did he know he would receive an e-mail from our Artistic Director, that would set him off on a new adventure to the North West.
  • 8 weeks 2 days ago

    Once upon a time, a long, long, long time ago…

    My colleague and I headed for the Wilderness to embark on a new journey. One that I was excited for but nervous at the same time. Our mission-to teach fifteen facilitators working at 7 Passes in Touwsranten, how to tell stories.

  • 9 weeks 2 days ago

    I have never worked on a project where a single, repeated show evolves constantly over its two week run. Nor have I ever had to be funny. Each performance holds an energy and becomes humorous for different reasons: the pupils laughter ringing in my ears, the reactions they have to each scenario that myself and my fellow clowns create, the rhythm of the story that speeds up and slows down or a single movement that becomes a dance.

  • 10 weeks 3 hours ago
    Every time our Artistic Director, Jayne Batzofin, is about to direct a new CWBSA performance, she feels like she is starring at a blank page. ""Where to begin? Where are we going to “find the funny”?""

Please explore the Clowns Without Borders organizations in other countries.

Clowns et Magicians Sans Frontieres Belgium Clowns Sans Frontieres France Clowns Without Borders Australia Klovnit Ilman Rajoja Clowns Clowns Without Borders Ireland Payasos Sin Fronteras Spain Clowner utan Granser Sweden Clowns Without Borders United States Clowns Sans Frontieres Canada
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