For Immediate Release – ‘HIV Blind Date’ reaches International Stardom as hosts at international AIDS Conference

For Immediate Release 15.07.16. – ‘HIV Blind Date’ reaches International Stardom as hosts at international AIDS Conference

‘HIV Blind Date’ will make its international launch on the Global Village stage of the International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa on July 18th 2016. For the show’s global launch, the contestants in the show will be from 4 different continents to strengthen the global struggle to end the HIV / AIDS pandemic.

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‘HIV BLIND DATE‘ is a theatre dating- show for people living with HIV / HEP C to share the realities of life, love and struggle. Utilising the UK TV show ‘Blind Date’’’s well-known format, the show exposes the lived realities of people living with HIV and HEP C’s love lives, fears and hopes. HIV Blind Date started in East London’s queer cabaret club ‘The Glory’ on World AIDS Day 2015. It was created by the London chapter of ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power’ (ACT UP LONDON) and a wide range of HIV community groups across the UK. Since then the show has been requested in a wide range of clubs, hospitals and community groups.

‘HIV Blind Date’ aims to raise awareness of HIV stigma and to recruit for activism against pharmaceutical corruption, and government’ cuts to HIV support services and inaction on HIV prevention. ‘HIV Blind Date’ offers a template to combine dance, performance, live music, stunts and  spoken word to tell true life stories of people living with and affected by the virus. The show is being financially supported by a global crowdfunding campaign of HIV activists.

Silvia Petretti, leading woman living with HIV and activist in the UK and CEO of Positively UK and part of the shows production, says,

“People living with HIV continue to be often represented as victims.So often, we are stigmatised in our society; treated as passive recipients of resources, or silenced and invisibilized altogether. HIV Blind date is the perfect platform to showcase our power, resilience and humour in face of adversity. Above all it is an opportunity to get together as a community and celebrate our lives and capacity to resist, rebel and be creative.”

Dan Glass from ACT UP London says,

“The HIV pandemic is far from over. For many the HIV / AIDS is a tired, old story. In order to refresh energy we need to create provocative, flamboyant, glamorous, rowdy, insightful, moving and surprising responses to explore and expose the realities of HIV in today’s society. This is why we look forward to joining Cilla for a fun packed evening where we’ll vajazzle stigma and celebrate the anger, sweatiness and fabulous fierceness of the community living with HIV and hepatitis across the world! All proceeds go to creative street activism to end the HIV pandemic”

Contacts

Notes to Editors / Journalists 

  1. Global Village Theatre, Durban International Convention Centre (ICC) 45 Bram Fischer Road Durban 4001 South Africa
  2. ACTUP London is a revitalised chapter of the non-partisan international movement, founded in 1987, united in anger and committed to direct action to end the HIV/AIDS pandemic. ACT UP London is a diverse group of individuals united in anger. We are committed to direct action to end the HIV pandemic. We are committed to fighting to end all inequalities and injustices that perpetuate it. We are part of the global ACT UP network. AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs) and the AIDS pandemic to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives.
  3. Crowdfunding page – www.crowdfunder.co.uk/hiv-blind-date-takes-to-the-world-stage – please donate what you can!
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