The DFL Sex Actually Festival returns

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The 8th annual Sex Actually Festival returns to Wits University from October 1-3 and this year it focuses on speaking actively and transparently about sex, men’s health, masculinities, and HIV/AIDS. Programme highlights consist of performance art productions, a playful student intervention on campus, and a Masculinity Mash-up! As part of the SexTalk Series.

Welcome back to Werk IT! After an explosive closing performance at the Sex Actually Festival 2014, the festival organisers just had to experience this provocative production once again!

This performance work is an activist approach that pays homage to queer expression and masculinity, weaving a visual kaleidoscope that challenges what it means to be a man in South Africa and the continent of Africa.

Curator and director of the work, Kieron Jina, explains: “We need to celebrate the body of difference and learn a better way of accepting this in order to challenge our perspectives on what we perceive as “normal”.

“[Werk IT!] Is curated and collaboratively constructed by the cast of 17 performance artists, and showcases a reflection of queer expression as well as the diversity of masculinity.’”

Werk IT! will be staged in the Wits Art Museum on Thursday, October 1 at 8 pm (admission is free and limited space is available), and Friday, October 2 for the Sex Actually Festival 2015 opening. The final performance can be seen on Saturday, October 3. Tickets for the performances on October 2 and 3 at 8 pm are  R55-R85, available online at http://www.webtickets.co.za

Morwa: The Rising Son by Tefo Paya is brought to you by the Wits Theatre So Solo Festival. Following a fantastic tour that emerged on the Sex Actually 2013 stage and thereafter included the National Arts Festival and provincial schools’ festivals, this award-winning play follows the journey of a young man born and raised in Botswana in search of masculine identity.

Morwa is a Setswana word meaning ‘Son’. Through personal narrative, the play asks: what defines a man? How does one transition from being a boy to becoming a man, and what of Rites of Passage? This intimate telling responds to what extent parents, family, friends, community and media greatly affect the growth and development of young men.

See it in the Nunnery Theatre at 1 pm and 7 pm on October 1, 1.15 pm and 7 pm on October 2, and 2 pm on October 3. Tickets are R75-R85, available at the Wits box-office an hour before the show or online at http://www.webtickets.co.za

Masculinity Mash-Up! featuring Glenn de Swardt (Anova Health Institute): The Anal Taboo and Anal Pleasure, and Dr Kalli Spencer (Urology Department- Charlotte Maxeke JHB Academic Hospital): Penis Size: How Do You Measure Up? Transparent dialogue, health information, and free PENIS RULERS!

Pertinent issues related to men’s health will highlight an informal dialogue forum hosted by Dr Spencer. Dr Spencer represents the Men’s Health Association supported by Bayer HealthCare.

Catch the Sex Talk Series 2015: A Drama for Life Townhall Exclusive on Thursday, October 1 on the 17th floor University Corner Building, Wits University- East Campus, from 12.15 pm to 1.30 pm.

SexSports! on the campus library lawns! Using a fun-day approach, this lunchtime event will have students engage in team events that require them to work together, answer questions, and share in important information about reproductive health, sex, relationships and HIV/AIDS. Join in on the fun on Friday, October 2 from 1.15 pm to 2.15 pm! Inquiries: info.dfl@wits.ac.za

Tickets for the theatre productions can be purchased at http://www.webtickets.co.za or at the Wits Theatre box office an hour before each show. All other events are open and free to the public.

For further Sex Actually Festvial 2015 programme updates, visit http://www.dramaforlife.co.za, like the Facebook page: Drama for Life and follow the event on Twitter @drama_for_life

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