Game to bridge the gap

Hout Bay non-profit Workspace Community Workshop has developed a card game which seeks to address stereotyping and stimulate dialogue between groups in diverse communities.

Collaborating with Age of Wonderland, an international programme developed for Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Workspace founder Craig Dunlop explained “The Bridge” is a simple card game where participants draw, decorate and annotate blank cards in response to provocative questions around cultural difference.

The cards are then shuffled and used as a basis for storytelling. The game culminates in a final round where random groups are formed and play for food item rewards. A menu is then decided and the meal is communally cooked and shared.

The game came out of a need to provoke different cultural groups, who attend programmes at Workspace, to interact with each other at a normal level without the interference of their cultural bias.

Workspace was founded in 2013 and is dedicated to providing a platform for knowledge and skills exchanges across the social, cultural and generational divides. “We aim to provide resources for all people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities to use making as a tool for empowerment, economic opportunity and the building of social capital,” Mr Dunlop said.

The focus of the facility is to provide a creative space for makers to engage, make and display their crafts. Within that mandate, the members of Workspace are committed to sharing their skills to help uplift disadvantaged people within the Hout Bay community.

Workspace will be showcasing The Bridge in the Hout Bay harbour tomorrow, Saturday July 22. Should you wish to apply to attend this event, send a motivational email to info@workspace.org.za