Plenty poetry for PMB

2009-08-13 00:00

PERFORMANCE poets have been given a platform on which to share their thoughts on the HIV/Aids pandemic in The Lover and Another Performance Poetry Festival at the Pietermaritzburg campus of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

The festival was proposed as a response to a brief from DramAidE, which offered funding for a performance-based HIV/Aids awareness initiative.

Explaining why she and Karen Suter had opted for a performance poetry festival, organiser Diana Wilson said: “Feeling no enthusiasm for yet another Aids play, Karen and I put forward a suggestion that, based on our perception of many students’ interest in performance poetry, we run a competition.

“In this way, rather than actors giving a predetermined message to the audience, we all listen to the students’ poetic responses to the ideas set out in the guiding document of the competition.

“This is called ‘Relationships and More...’ and is about the complexities of sexual relationships when many people are engaged in concurrent partnerships.”

Wilson said that from the audition rounds already held on campus, there was a real buzz of excitement about the event.

“People working in this field are also interested in the concept,” she added.

“So much so that the organisers of the Drama for Life Festival have invited the top finalists to spend a weekend in Johannesburg to perform alongside artists from other parts of Africa and abroad.”

The final of the competition takes place in the Students Union on August 20 from noon unitil 1.30 pm and all those interested in poetry, performance or HIV/Aids education and prevention, are invited to come along.

Admission is free.

For more information, you can either log on to, phone Karen at 033 260 5552 (mornings only) or alternatively, send an e-mail to Diana Wilson at

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