Drama for Life Lover + Another Poetry Challenge 2017


Poetry love is in the air with Drama for Life Lover + Another National Performance Poetry Challenge, and will hold regional auditions at Rhodes University.

This year marks the seventh year of Drama for Life Lover + Another National Performance Poetry Challenge and it is coming with a whole new exciting shift. Running since 2010, Lover + Another has grown into a widely recognised national event across several South African universities and surrounding communities.

“A key goal of Lover + Another is to reach as many of the youth as possible and this year we expect to grow our audiences exponentially”, said Bridget van Oerle in a statement from Buz PR.

Drama for Life Lover + Another is an annual poetry-based intervention that engages the youth on the subject of relationships, sexuality and HIV/AIDS. One of the unique aspects of this project is the ability to allow the youth to share thoughts as peers through poetry. HIV/AIDS workshops with Aids Healthcare Foundation, live slams and an online competition are all been lined up to make this project come alive!

The poetry slam competition maintains its structure of having a live and online competition as a way to open up public dialogue about intimate subjects and to make the competition exciting.

Auditions in the Eastern Cape began at the University of Fort Hare earlier this week. Auditions at Rhodes are as follows:

7 September 2017 HIV/Aids Workshop at RA Room First Floor Steve Biko Building

8 September 2017 Poetry Auditions at  RA Room First Floor Steve Biko Building

Auditions were held in Kwa-Zulu Natal in July, while Gauteng’s auditions take place next week.

Online Competition

Lover + Another online poetry slam competition.

The Theme is: Poetry Love


  1. Anyone is welcome to enter on Drama For Life Lover plus Another Facebook Page (Living in South Africa)
  2. Your poem must be about the proposed theme.
  3. You can either post on Facebook a written poem or post a video of it being performed.
  4. You are only allowed to enter one poem.
  5. Your poem should be original and your own.
  6. The marketing of your post is dependent on you
  7. The winner is determined by how many likes your post on Facebook receives.

First Prize: R5000

Second Prize: R3000

Third Prize: R2000

Schedule: Timeline

Opening of Online Competition

4th September 2017

Closing date Online Competition.

30th November 2017

For more information visit – www.facebook.com/DflLoverAnotherPerformancePoetry or contact Leonie Ogle, leonie.ogle@wits.ac.za or phone 011 477 4732.

Live Competition

The live competition finals, based on the theme “Poetry Love”, will take place at the Wits Theatre on 20 October 2017.  The final slam is narrowed down to 12 contestants. Two winners from eight universities in three provinces namely Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Kwa-Zulu Natal selected after attending HIV/AIDS Workshops and an audition process auditions

The top 12 finalists will also be afforded an opportunity to nurture their craft. The 12 finalists will be provided with workshops, at Wits University, University Corner Building, 17th Floor (Yvonne Banning Studio), at which industry professionals will offer workshops on:

  • Content development: writing and concepts
  • HIV/Aids and Sexual Health awareness training in performance mediums
  • Poetry performance coaching.
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