Clowns Without Borders is an international organisation which responds to emotionally traumatic situations to bring healing laughter to ravaged communities.
Started by Spanish clown, Tortell Poltrona, in the war-torn Balkans in the early 1990s, the local chapter works with community organisations to provide support to vulnerable children and families on a number of issues including HIV, gender, poverty, violence, hygiene, xenophobia and racism.
They are supported by the National Arts Council (NAC) – government funding. One of the recent shows in the Eastern Cape has focused on water, how we need it and how to save it.
There will always be a need for the arts generally and this form particularly to be used as a means of personal and social transformation.