DFL SEX ACTUALLY FESTIVAL
The Sex Actually Festival: Heart to Heart
Festival Dates: 19-30th August 2014
Love, intimacy and human connection are at the forefront of the seventh annual Sex Actually Festival: Heart to Heart. Bold and passionate, this celebration will explore human connection in all its shapes and forms.
Sex Actually is a multi-disciplinary public festival that engages and promotes dialogues around sex, relationships and HIV/AIDS. Drama for Life's annual and largest festival is in its seventh year with our 2014 programme highlighting the theme of Human Connection:
What makes us human? What levels and modes of connection amount to intimacy and sensuality? What are our understandings of safety and health in the intimate spaces?
In a dynamic and information-sharing afropolitan landscape, to what extent are our connections an integral part of our daily practice and human experience?
Join us for a diverse experience of theatre productions, workshops, medical talks and presentations, community projects and public events that engage information, knowledge and perspectives about sex and the human experience.
Watch this space! 2014 Programme coming soon!
About the DFL Festival - Celebrating Seven Years of Sex Actually!
The Sex Actually Festival is a unique cross-community project that advocates applied, therapeutic and educative models to engage conscious understandings of sex through public intervention. The DFL Festival is a unique response to major health, social and cultural issues faced by Africa, with particular emphasis on HIV/AIDS and healthy sexual practice. The DFL Festival is exceptional in its methodology, implementation and strategy in addressing HIV/AIDS and its surrounding themes – sex, sexuality, relationships, culture, gender, human rights and social issues.
The festival is curated in a way that allows arts practitioners and audience members to holistically engage with the thematic focus of the public intervention, to interrogate the complexities of HIV/AIDS, and to promote healthy understandings of safe sexual practice. The target audiences are youth, parents, and communities. These communities vary from the Northern suburbs to the Southern, form the East of Johannesburg to the West. The festival crosses the boundaries of these communities and moves people out of their familiar places into uncommon spaces. This utilizes performing arts in a variety of ways, from inside the theatre, cutting edge street performances, site-specific works, facilitated processes and workshops, to film, music, as well as practical access to information and testing.
These performance interventions are curated with audience, artists and communities in careful consideration. Understanding the diversity which exists in urban landscapes, and speaking to these varying needs, is what makes Sex Actually so unique and successful in its approach. The use of the arts as a tool for the intervention allows for a creative way to approach a challenging topic. It creates an opportunity for open discussion which is not censored, prescriptive or didactic. A place in which humanness and vulnerability is acknowledged and supported by trained facilitators. Stories become about the collective and communities cross boundaries which are both actual and subversive. It is at this point that change can and does occur. This is change that is needed to shift the relationship we have to this disease, to shift perception, stigma, and complacency. The Drama for Life Festival ultimately creates an opportunity to confront that which is feared, to understand it, and thus to respect those who are affected and infected by AIDS.
The main DFL Sex Actually Festival will take place at the Wits Theatre Complex located on Jorissen Street, Braamfontein, as well as other exciting sites in and around Johannesburg. The festival runs from Tuesday 19th to Saturday 30th of August. An action-packed opening event is scheduled for the 19th August. For more information please contact the Festival Director: Tarryn Lee on firstname.lastname@example.org or the Festival Coordinator: Zandile Bekwa on email@example.com, office line (011) 717 4731.