Celebrating 10 Years of Clowns Without Borders South Africa!

Clowns Without Borders South Africa is celebrating 10 years of bringing laughter and emotional relief to where it is needed the most! We have implemented more than 800 performances and workshops for over 450,000 children and families in communities affected by crisis throughout South Africa as well as the DRC, Lebanon, Lesotho, Kenya, Malawi, Myanmar, South Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

Baring witness to each other’s stories

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When we launched Our Story Your Story 4 years ago, I would never have imagined how being a part of this journey would have moved me in this way - to my knees in awe -  reminding me again and again of our shared humanity. As this chapter of the story comes to

Clowns Without Borders International General Assembly 2017

Read our Project Manager's reflections on the CWBI General Assembly 2017, in Munich Germany.

Planting Seeds in South Sudan!


South Sudan was such an intense tour, with a ton of emotions, reflections, and engagement. It feels difficult to summarise this experience into a few paragraphs. However, this blog is my attempt to do so.


Intercultural Workshop - Buidling Bridges


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

Absolutly it's worth it! - Reflections on South Sudan

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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.

How different professions can rally together to make the life of a child better - BLOG by Sizwe Vilakazi

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.

Our Story Your Story - First week in George

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.

Embracing Fears - Reflections from Toni Thord-Gray on the North West LOTTO Tour


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.

Finding the Funny

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”?""