The 20 winning puppets from the Butterfly Art Project’s Super Hero Indaba will be travelling the globe on a mission to inspire and heal. This follows the Super Hero Puppet Workshop, aimed at equipping teachers, volunteers and community leaders from communities across Cape Town to use art and fun to teach and heal youngsters who come from very difficult backgrounds. Pictured above are some of the puppets on display at the Super Hero Indaba in Cape Town.

Over 200 people from across Cape Town participated in the 11-week workshop presented by the Butterfly Art Project. During this time, they learnt that super heroes and heroines are characters with superhuman powers who are often survivors of tough backgrounds. Each of the trainees conceptualised their own super hero character, with a biography, for which they created unique puppet pieces. Their works are on display at the Super Hero Indaba until Tuesday, 31 July 2018 at the Beautifull Life Building in Cape Town. Of all the submissions received, 20 winning puppets were chosen based on the significance of their story, the puppets’ look and their impact. They received prizes, including stationery and gift vouchers, and their puppet designs will also be included in promotional packs that will start travelling to teach others outside South Africa the healing power of art.

The Butterfly Art Project teaches healing art to community art facilitators from 32 different communities across Cape Town, including Somerset West and Masiphumelele. They also work with 360 learners in the Capricorn area, having served more than 7 500 learners in the past. The Rotary Club of Claremont supports the Super Hero Indaba initiative with funds and volunteers time to help extend the reach of the puppets as far as possible.

“Every person has the power to overcome their past,” says Dr Malcolm Dodd, President of the Rotary Club of Claremont. “We hope that this unique project will help many children beyond Cape Town.”

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