Serious Games Institute developing ‘Mandela 27’ Cultural Project


Coventry Universities Serious Games Institute is currently helping build a virtual prison cell from Robben Island – the site where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years.

The Mandela 27 project, launched at Cape Town’s gateway to Robben Island, aims to raise awareness of the cultural links between South Africa and Europe during the racial apartheid era, such as the Rock against Racism campaign in Britain and Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday concert at Wembley Stadium.

The Mandela 27 project aims to bring Robben Island to new generations of learners through a video game, a website and virtual reconstructions of the prison cell where the future South African President would ultimately spend 18 of his 27 years in prison.

The project is being lead by Coventry University and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and involves international collaborations from organisations from the UK, South Africa, Belgium and Sweden in bringing new audiences to this unique learning experience.

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