15 October 2007

WORLD AIDS DAY 2007

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On 1 December 2007, the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield and the NHS Centre for HIV and Sexual Health will launch the first “World AIDS Day: Hope through the Arts” event in Sheffield. Joining millions of people around the world who hold events on World AIDS Day (1 December) each year, the event will focus on remembering those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS and on celebrating what can be done to stem the spread of the pandemic. While AIDS has resulted in a tremendous loss of life in many parts of the world, it has not led to a loss of hope. Rather, it has prompted a diversity of creative approaches targeted at addressing this disease. Nowhere can this creativity be felt more strongly than in the arts. It is this connection between arts and AIDS that will be explored and vividly displayed through the World AIDS Day 2007 event in Sheffield.

The event will commence with a march accompanied by music. The remainder of the event will feature a number of performance groups representing different local and immigrant communities as well as diverse musical styles. It will also involve students at the university and youths in the community through performance and visual art work. Performances will be interspersed with "voices": short talks, stories, and poems by members of local organizations, scholars, writers, and others impacted by or working on AIDS-related issues. Carol Brown, former curator of the Durban Art Gallery and currently independent curator attached to the art collection at the Constitutional Court in South Africa, will attend as keynote speaker. Local organizations will display materials at informational booths.

We invite you to join us for this exciting event!

DETAILS:

Date: Saturday, 1 December 2007

Venue: Octagon, University of Sheffield

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Opening MARCH – all are invited to participate!
Meeting point: Octagon, University of Sheffield

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Performances and “voices”

FEATURED PERFORMERS:

12:00-12:20 pm: Mim Suleiman
12:30-12:50 pm: SOSA-XA!
1:00-1:20 pm: East Handed
1:30-1:50 pm: Out Aloud Sheffield LGBT Choir
2:00-2:20 pm: Claudia Krueger and Leman Mirazi, with Sangano
2:30-2:50 pm: CD4
3:00-3:20 pm: Samba Bateria
3:30-3:50 pm: Department of Music student performances
4:00-4:20 pm: John Ball and Mohamed Assani
4:30-4:50 pm: Rosie Brown
5:00-5:20 pm: Roy Bailey
5:30-5:50 pm: Carol Brown, Curator, Constitutional Court, South Africa (keynote speaker)
5:50 pm: Samba Bateria (closing call)

FEATURED SPEAKERS REPRESENTING:

Sheffield City Council
Sheffield Cathedral
NHS Centre for HIV and Sexual Health
Shield: South Yorkshire HIV Support Group
University of Sheffield

FEATURED ORGANIZATIONS:

NHS Centre for HIV and Sexual Health
Shield: South Yorkshire HIV Support Group
The CD4 Community Project
Stop AIDS Society
Oxfam Society
UNICEF
SEMEA
Village Aid
Sheffield-Zimbabwe HIV Action

Contact person: Kathleen Van Buren (Tel. 0114 222 0497)