DFL Lover and Another Poetry Competition
This project is an excitingly innovative performance poetry competition which aims at encouraging the youth to talk openly and creatively about relationships, intimacy, sex, HIV/AIDS. This is done through regional and national poetry competition (slams) and workshops which engage with youth from around the country (16 to 35 years), regardless of their social, financial and cultural backgrounds. DFL partners with a number of Universities, poets and poetry groups from across the country to participate in this challenge.
A call for young poets is sent across the country, to participate by submitting two original poems within the theme Lover + Another. A series of auditions and workshops (e. g. Creative Writing, Performing Poetry, Writing about HIV and Aids) then take place and the process of elimination occurs with a number of slams where only the top three poets from each city will be selected to compete in the National Grand Final at the Drama for Life Festival. The hosting of the National Grand Final rotates and moves to different cities every year.
The project is aimed at empowering the youth to confront their realities pertaining specifically to multiple sexual relationships and HIV/AIDS. Through the project’s use of the spoken-word culture the youth is able to directly address the risks and cultural factors affecting their sexual behaviour in terms of values and attitudes towards sex, relationships & HIV/AIDS. The project is designed to be accessible to all youth in higher education institutions nationally, and those in townships and suburb communities across the range.
From 2010 DFL Lover + Another has developed exponentially, including more provinces into the project. In contrast to the 2010 DFL Lover + Another Performance Poetry Challenge that started with participants from University of Kwa-Zulu Natal and Wits, the 2011 DFL Lover + Another Project has been hosted in five different cities across the country; Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Cape Town, Grahamstown and Johannesburg. Because of its enormously great response by the audience, the DFL Lover + Another Performance Poetry Challenge has expanded its competition in 2012, working together with 23 universities in South Africa to create a National Performance Poetry Challenge that will be one-of-a-kind in the country. As a part of the DFL Sex Actually Festival 2013 Lover + Another has extended the challenge to six regions across South Africa, reaching five of our nine provincesis, this year.