BonkersFest 2008 – ‘De-normalisation: The next civil rights movement?’ The event will be on the actual area where the infamous Bedlam was located in UK.

  • mad-pride
  • Convention
when Jul 19, 2008
from 01:00 PM to 10:00 PM
where Camberwell Green, Southwark SE5, United Kingdom
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contact phone 020 7358 3183
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Creative Routes presents the third annual BonkersFest!
a one day multi-disciplinary arts festival celebrating madness, creativity and individuality

Saturday 19 July 2008
12noon to 9pm (Plus afterparty in the RED STAR BAR ’till late)
Information: 020 7358 3183
Camberwell Green, Southwark SE5

Celebrity guests TBA

BonkersFest! is a showcase of mad creativity providing a day of inspiring performance, art and music for the whole community.  Camberwell-based charity Creative Routes (as seen on BBC 1’s Inside Out, BBC 3’s I Love Being Mad documentary, Channel 5’s Mad for Poetry, and BBC 2’s Balderdash & Piffle, and featured in The Independent on Sunday magazine’s mental health special) is an award winning interdisciplinary arts organisation run by, and for, survivors of the mental health system and of mental distress.  It aims to dissolve the stigma of mental illness by encouraging the unique creativity of mad people, promoting mental well-being and the acceptance of individuality in the wider community.  Creative Routes’ patrons include Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, and Young Vic Theatre’s Artistic Director David Lan.

Last year, funny woman and former psychiatric nurse Jo Brand opened BonkersFest! by firing a banana-laden cannon; this year sees an equally high profile name doing the same.

Visitors to BonkersFest! 2008 will experience a diverse range of specially commissioned audio, visual, sensory and interactive creative works and performances challenging what it is to be ‘normal’ and presenting an alternative experience of the mad reality.  As with last year, there’s live music all day in both a Big Top and Little Top (all acts TBA).  There’s also a theatre tent, fairground rides, acrobats, The Wild Hunt Bedlam Morris Dancers, The London School of Samba, and loads more entertainment suitable for all the family.  There will also be various information and book stalls, plus therapy tents promoting mental well-being and the awareness of mental health issues.

BonkersFest! is developed and managed by Creative Routes in partnership with the Young Vic, South London and Maudsley NHS Hospital Trust (SLaM), Attitude is Everything, Shape, South London Gallery, Mad Pride, Mental Fight Club, Core Arts, Continental Drifts and Nomadic Collaborations amongst others.

press enquiries to: Helen Maleed
tel/fax: 020 7732 4624  mobile: 07986 235 855

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