Here are a few of the successful Mad Pride events in 2010 that were registered with MindFreedom International.
BELOW are Mad Pride events received by MindFreedom International for 2010.
On right is a photo from one of many MindFreedom Ghana street marches in Accra. The sign in the middle opposes involuntary psychiatric procedures.
Mad Pride 2010 Overview
Below is a list of Mad Pride 2010 events compiled from around the world! Below is information about events in the following locations:
Ireland; US — New Mexico, Oregon, North Carolina and Florida; Canada — Toronto and Vancouver, BC; Australia;
Mad Pride in Ireland — June 2010
Mad Pride Ireland Family Fun Days
As described by organizer John McCarthy, Mad Pride Ireland Family Fun days “are simply a method of bringing to the publics attention The Great
Normality of Madness. There are no protests allowed, no information
leaflets distributed, no alternatives spoken of.”
“We test everybody who enters the park with a clown for normality, because that is fun — the public laugh as they come in, laughing even more going out. We hang mirrors on trees with signs designed as lables stating this is the face of somebody labeled with manic depression, etc.”
“We always locate the event outdoors and next to a childrens playground.
It is perfect for the family — the children are safe and the parents can
relax and listen to the music. We sell coffee and food.”
“We aim to engage with those who have been reared on the fear that fuels
stigma and, through laughter and music, without any speeches whatsoever, dispel that fear . . . and it is working! We are on our 3rd event this year which 15,500 people attended! The media cover us now across the country, both local and national press. I heard a government minister in a speech refer to the normality of madness.”
“We will change the law around forced ECT — this year we have started a
major debate in the whole area of mental health law. The law has power — we need to focus our effforts on changing the mental health laws. We
need public debate, questions asked that demand answers and that have to be in the public arena, not among ourselves.”
Here is a link to a video of some of the 2010 Mad Pride Ireland festivities.
For more information contact:
Mad Pride Ireland
Mad Pride in New Mexico — June 23
Mad Pride Spoken Word Night in Albuquerque!
Storytellers of New Mexico and Consumer Wellness Conference present MAD PRIDE SPOKEN WORD NIGHT.
Join us for New Mexico’s FIRST Mad Pride celebration, an evening of
poetry, stories and spoken word celebrating the voices of those labeled as
“mentally ill” and their allies! Everyone is free to join and share!
Winnings Coffee Shop June 23, 7-9
11 East Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM, 87102
For more information contact Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mad Pride in Oregon, July 9-11, 2010
Once more, as we have for about a decade… MindFreedom Oregon
affiliate will sponsor a MAD PRIDE event all three days of the Oregon
Country Fair, near Veneta, Oregon, on July 9, 10 and 11, 2010.
Each day MindFreedom will again have a MAD PRIDE event at the
Community Village Stage at 3 pm. You have heard of the iPhone and
iPad? MindFreedom will unveil the iYou, a brand new Mad Pride
technology. One looks through a great big tube… and sees another
I Are You!
On Sunday, “The real” Patch Adams, one of the most famous members of
MindFreedom International, will be speaking with his main psychiatrist/
ally Carl Hammerschlag, at 12:40 pm at the “Stage Left” venue. Patch
is honorary chair of an organization launched by Martin Luther King,
Jr., the International Association for the Advancement of Creative
The Oregon Country Fair, founded in 1969, now has average annual
attendance of approximately 45,000. The fair has about 18 stages, 350
craft and food booths, on 385 wooded acres staffed by thousands of
volunteers, and only four full time paid workers. MindFreedom
International has been in the Community Village for 24 years.
Mad Pride in Ashville, North Carolina — July 10, 2010
MadPride Asheville 2010 will be a gathering of like-minded souls on July
10, 2010, from 1 to 5 pm, 1/2-block east of the intersection of College
St. and Haywood St. in Asheville NC. No events are planned, but attendees are welcome to share ideas prior to and during the event.
Mad Pride Toronto — July 12-16, 2010
Presented by the MAD PRIDE Organizing Committee Toronto
MAD PRIDE TORONTO 2010:
ADVANCED LISTING of Events
Monday July 12th 3 pm to 8 pm
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 Westlodge Ave.
Hosted by Houselink Community Homes
Tuesday July 13th Time to be announced
Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre, 1499 Queen Street West
Hosted by PARC’s Living History Archives Project
Wednesday July 14th 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
CAMH at 1001 Queen Street West
The Patient Built Wall Tour
Hosted by the Psychiatric Survivor Archives Toronto
Thursday July 15th 1 pm to 4 pm
Members Lounge, Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen Street West.
Still Crazy After All These Years
This is a Consumer Survivor Show Case
Friday July 16th 5 pm – 10 pm
May Robinson Auditorium, 20 Westlodge Ave
Mad Culture Night
Hosted by the Friendly Spike Theatre Band
Mad Pride Ghana – 14 July 2010 (see photo above)
Mad Pride in Vancouver, BC
Gallery Gachet in Vancouver BC, an art gallery run by and for mad artists,
has been honoring the Mad Pride movement every year since 2005 with a
mad-art exhibition and Mad Pride Cabaret. Every second year we host what we call our “biennale,” a month-long arts festival around mental health and social justice. We traditionally manifest our Mad Pride by
questioning conventional ideas of sanity in contemporary society.
This year’s biennale– “ECO Madness!!! (Or… Humans Are Killing the
Planet and I Feel Fine)”– incorporates the ideas of Ecopsychology, which
according to the International Community of Ecopsychology suggests that
“there is a synergistic relation between planetary and personal
well-being.” Through art, film, theater, music and educational events
throughout the month of July, we aim to create a safe and radical (meaning “root”) space for a total creative FREAK OUT over what humans are doing to the Earth and to ourselves.
As mental and emotional canaries-in-the-mineshaft, we of heightened
sensitivities and awarenesses (often proclaimed “MAD”) claim our right to
experience breakdown, despair, laughing hysteria, sobbing rage, scattered
joy, ground-shaking communication with plants/animals/rocks, and episodes of epic, debilitating, destabilizing, and heartrending empathy as healthy and appropriate responses to Ecocide: the killing of entire living
ecosystems by dangerously pathological human systems (such as the
devastation we are right now witnessing unfold in the Gulf of Mexico).
As Theodore Roszak proclaims, “The context for defining sanity in our time has reached planetary magnitude.” ECO Madness!!! at Gallery Gachet is a call to hearts and creative arms to demand an Earth-defined reality-check and a deep, cultural reassessment of what it means to be healthy and well-adjusted in this life, before the biosphere’s ability to sustain such life is irrepairably damaged. If our planetary home cannot sustain life, it cannot sustain Pride of any kind or any social justice movement at all. In other words, there is no social justice or mental health if we do not come to our senses– return to true sanity– and include all living things in this circle of inclusion and justice.
We call on all the Mad and Maladjusted, who comprehend true sanity for
having lost, regained, and/or redefined it– as Dr. Martin Luther King
understood so well when he called for an “Association of the Maladjusted”
to combat oppression and injustice– to rise up as leaders in their
communities, to shake off the psychic numbing of denial, repression, and
conformity that allows us to live in non-life-sustaining ways, to
rediscover our deep love, respect and passion for, and physiological
dependence upon, the natural world as a precondition for any sane
definition of mental health, and to help others do the same.
In the words of author Daniel Quinn: AWAKEN OTHERS AS YOU HAVE BEEN
World Mad Pride Biennale2010
“ECO Madness!!! Or, Humans Are Killing the Planet and I Feel Fine”
July 2-31, 2010
@ Gallery Gachet
Month-long art exhibition and festival connecting Mad Pride, mental
health, social justice and ecology
-Opening Night reception July 2 (art exhibition, welcome)
-food from Urban Soul (United We Can) local community garden
– film screenings include premier of “Crooked Beauty” by Ken Paul
Rosenthal (www.crookedbeauty.com) and END:CIV by Frank Lopez
-Intro to Ecopsychology workshop (What Does My Madness have to do with
-Mad Pride Cabaret (Mad Poets’ Society presents: “The Heart is an
Endangered Species: Postcards from the Psychic Wilderness”; includes
Recovery from Industrial Civilization Support Group)
-“Salmon Insanity!” A mad conversion of art + local indie bands +
run-of-river health/conservation groups (make your own button or screen
print your own t-shirt, ie. “Sacred Salmon”; help us paint a SALMON
-Stop the Madness closing night DJ Dance Party (and going-away party
for our Operations Director! also featuring GatewaySucks highway expansion freedom-fighters)
-Mental Health Camp session- Nature Deficit Disorder
-guerilla nature art group
for further info contact
“ECO MAdness!!! Or, Humans Are Killing the Planet and I Feel Fine”
World Mad Pride Biennale2010
88 E. Cordova St.
Color in the Gaps: Madness, Pride and Brilliance
July 19-September 10, 2010
ArtFix Gallery, Wooten-Garner House
9:00 AM-5:00 PM, Monday-Friday
Panel Discussion: August 30, 2010, 12:00-1:00 PM
Reception: August 30, 2010, 5:00-7:00 PM
The Wooten-Garner House is located at 131 South Clarke St. and is open
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This event is free and open to
the ArtFix Gallery, Wooten-Garner House is part of
Georgia College State University Art Department,
in Milledgville, Georgia
For more info contact the Department of Art at GCSU
Stella-Zine at 706-998-8136
Event Title: Albuquerque Mad Pride Spoken Word Night!
Start Date: 09/01/2010
End Date: 09/01/2010
CWC Mad Pride Spoken Word Night Returns to Abq! Thursday, Sept. 2, 7:00 –
Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice
202 Harvard SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106
this is a free event to raise awareness for the 2010 Consumer Wellness
contact Paul at (505)480-8710 or email@example.com for more info!
Mad Pride in Australia — September 14
The MADPride 2010 TheMHS consumer day concert will be held on 14 September 2010 at Darling Harbour Convention and Exhibition Centre. If the 2008 Melbourne attendance (669) is a guide we are in for a fabulous time.
More information about MADPride events in Australiasia can be found at
Mad Pride in Gainsville, Florida
Mad Pride will be celebrated in Gainsville, Florida on October 23, 2010.
More details to follow.