Here are a few of the upcoming anchor events for Mad Pride 2008. Mad Pride has celebrated human diversity and creative maladjustment for a decade, and now you can participate anywhere!

MindFreedom Ghana in Africa is again holding one of the big Mad Pride events this July 2008!

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Mad Pride is Human Pride!

Anyone can do a Mad Pride event, anywhere! Dig down in our Mad Pride Campaign Portal, you’ll see how all kind of small and large groups have held activities over the years. Even an individual can take a photo an upload it in our “I am a Human Beings.”

Here are a few Mad Pride “anchor” events, some of which reach thousands! At the end, read “related content” to find out more about Mad Pride and creative maladjustment!

Mad Pride Worldwide 2008

compiled by Ruth Ruth, chair of MindFreedom Mad Pride Campaign Committee


July 12 2008 – Cape Town, South Africa

  • PARADE STARTS: Biscuit Factory, Albert Rd, Woodstock 12:00 PM
  • LUNACY MEMO: Cape Mental Health, 3 PM
  • Bonkersfest at Oude Moulen Village, 4 PM until late, featuring MAD SOUND SYSTEM

Download the flier here.

Successful event: May 17 2008 – Eugene, Oregon, USA –
“The Normathon”

To view a five-minute YouTube video of this Mad Pride action, click here.

Program – spectacle event with Bed Push and giant pill
Contact David Oaks, MindFreedom – For Normathon info click on mindfreedom.org/norm
email to: pride@mindfreedom.org

June 6 to July 14 2008 –  Vancouver, B.C. – Canada –
“World Mad Pride”
Program -Gachet Gallery hosts a month of Panel discussions, performance, reading and film events – Contact Cherise Clarke,
Gallery Gachet
or 604 687 2468

June 8 2008 – Cork, Ireland
“Normality of Madness”
Program:  Picnic and family fun and stigma busting
Contact:  John McCarthy of MindFreedom Ireland
e-mail to johnfmccarthy_90@hotmail.com

July 11 to 13,  2008 – Eugene Oregon

The enormous Oregon Country Fair supports social change in itsCommunity Village. Go to the “Doors of Expression” Booth to find MadPride during all three days of the infamous OCF, that attracts tens ofthousands of people.Watch the Community Village main stage in theafternoon to take part in the Mad Pride.

July 14 – 20th 2008- Toronto, Ontario – Canada
“Mad Pride Week”
Program:  Arts, Education and The Second Annual Mad Pride Toronto Bed Push
Contact: RuthRuth
Friendly Spike Theatre Band
416 516 4740

July 14 2008

MindFreedom Ghana in Africa, for third year in a row, is again holding one of the big Mad Pride events this July 2008!

The slogan at the Ghana MadPride event is:


July 16th 2008 – Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK


6 p.m. for food, entertainment starts at 7 p.m., including:

  • Leeds Survivor Poets
  • Chris Ginger – Founder member of the legendary ‘Schizos’
  • Miranda Arieh – Brilliant singer and song-writer – see www.myspace.com/mirandaarieh
  • Rivers – Great rock n’roll – hear their single ‘Shine’ at http://www.myspace.com/theriversband

Hosted by Johnny Solstice, Local national treasure

The Common Place is Leeds Autonomous Radical Social Centre
23-25 Wharf Street, LS2 7EQ. Tel: 0845 345 7334, off Call Lane

Bonkersfest 2008!

Saturday 19th July 2008 (12noon – 9pm)

Camberwell Green, London SE5 8TS, UK

This is the third year this major Mad Pride event in UK is being held. Last year’s attracted 3,000 people to their music, events, costumes and celebration. This year’s event will be at the same location as the infamous “Bedlam Hospital.” Originally scheduled for June, this will now be in July.

More information on Bonkersfest, sign up here:


For more info on Mad Pride, see “related content” below.

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