Mad Pride Hamilton is throwing an insane party on Saturday, July 19th – and you’re invited! This celebratory event is FREE, family-friendly, and open to the public.
What is Mad Pride Hamilton? Mad Pride Hamilton is an annual madness arts, culture, and heritage celebration organized by self-identified Mad people for members of the local consumer/survivor/Mad community. We have a right to be proud of our survival, experiences, ideas, identities, creativity, accomplishments, contributions, and communities – just like everyone else. Mad Pride has been celebrated internationally for over twenty years and in Hamilton since 2013. Mad Pride Hamilton also publishes a magazine called This Insane Life.
What: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton
When: Saturday, July 19th from 1-5pm
Where: The Perkins Centre at 1429 Main Street East – Main and Kenilworth
Who: All Mad people, consumer/survivors of the mental health system, people labeled with mental illness, and friends who support us
Accessibility: The location is wheelchair accessible.
What to bring:
- Your wackiest hat – or make one on site
- Your laughter and creativity – art supplies will be available
- Tummy room for snacks!
- Your poetry, music, theatre, dance, and comedy to perform during an open mic – Mad people can sign up at the front door
- Arts and crafts for the Mad Market
Quiet Space from 12-5pm: Write, rehearse, or share in a quieter setting, take a break from the party, give and get peer support, tell your story. All welcome.
Mad Market from 1-5pm (set-up starts at 12:30pm): Show and sell your artwork and crafts. Consumer/survivors can contact us to reserve free table space. All welcome to browse and buy!
Community Meeting from 10:30-12pm: Advocacy discussion for consumer/survivors only. What must change in our city and society so that we feel safe, supported, and celebrated? What do we need to thrive?