dfl Sex Actually Festival

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Country and Region South AfricaGauteng
Type of Festival Dance, Drama, Music
Location of Festival Cape Town, Western Cape; Pietermaritzburg and Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Festival Contact Information

Tarryn Lee
Phone: (+27) 72 998 5312
Email: tarrynelee@gmail.com Zandile Bekwa
Phone: (+27) 11 717-4618
Email: zbekwa11@gmail.com
For interview requests and additional press information, please contact Gudrun Kramer
Phone: (+27) 11 71 74 733
Email: Gudrun.Kramer@wits.ac.za

Festival Description

dfl Sex Actually Festival (formerly called Drama For Life Festival) is the only arts festival of its kind on the African continent. The arts education, activist and therapeutic intervention aims to address the above issues, utilizing the performing arts in various ways. The festival brings communities from all parts of Johannesburg together to watch, discuss and take part in performances that shift perception, stigma and complacency

You may apply in any of the following disciplines: Theatre Performances, Installations, Music, Dance, Physical Theatre, Site Specific work, Workshops, Exhibitions and Film.

Festival Dates August 20 - 30, 2013
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Festival Events:

Performance feature 2013:
  • My Soul in the Soil, Written & Directed by Thembile Tshuma
    • The play was motivated by text from Ngungi wa Thiongo‘s book, “The River Between”. This is an exploration of generation gap and how older citizens don’t understand the languages and behaviors of the young generation. A bridge between what the elders should know and what they also need to teach. Is the old way of living always the right way of a black African child? The story is told by a young girl who finds herself trapped in the world of the living dead because she did not have the freedom to choose what she wanted. Was her choice of being circumcised and becoming a full woman in the eyes of the tribe, just like her born again Christian parents, a sin? Her choice led to her death but the question remaining was, “was it her choice that led her to her death or it was the silence that skinned her of the shame from her parents?
  • Performance details
    • Venue: Wits Nunnery (Wits University)
    • Dates: August 27 & 28, 2013
    • Times: 19:30
    • price: R50
  • Please note that the show is part of a double bill. It plays after “The Voice from Kilimanjaro”, a musical written and directed by Vusi Mhlongo. For more information, check the our facebook page:
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/460218364074328/ and also check on the Drama for Life (dfl) page for more shows you can watch:


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