The Madness and Arts Festival (MAF) is an international and interdisciplinary festival on arts and madness, to be held every 3 years in a different country around the world. Using venues in the host cities, the festival incorporates international artists in various disciplines such as: Actors, musicians, performance artists, writers, painters, dancers and much more. Since 2003, the Madness and Arts festival has been hosted in Toronto, Canada; Munster, Germany and Haarlem, Amsterdam. The aim of the festival is to showcase, celebrate and honour the artistic achievements of people who have experienced mental illness and those who work to explore the theme.
MAF seeks to foster understanding and appreciation of the theme of ‘madness and the arts’ through an innovative diverse and high quality arts event which provides a shared cultural experience, accessible and affordable to all.
OBJECTIVES OF THE MADNESS AND ARTS FOUNDATION
- By authorizing organizations in different countries to organize a MAF festival event the MAF foundation seeks to create awareness on the impact of mental illness and the position of those affected.
- To provide a forum of ideas, information, education for participating countries, thereby broadening and deepening the public’s appreciation of the arts and mental health while promoting and fostering the concept of the international Madness and Arts Festival while assuring compliance with prescribed standards.
- The Foundation will decide who the next participating country will be. Selection will be done by the board on the basis of proposal applications and a (face to face) meeting.
OBJECTIVES OF THE MADNESS AND ARTS FESTIVAL
- To organize a high quality cultural festival on the theme of ‘Madness and Arts’ that will attract different kinds of people, outside of the art or mental health fields.
- To put mental illness to the forefront to help de-stigmatize people with mental disease in the public eye and to promote integration in society of people with mental illness.
- To provide an international forum for artists to showcase works, share ideas and build from each others strengths, making a significant contribution to society.
- To provide opportunities for groups to collaborate in future projects.
- To contribute to an international database for groups working in mental health and art.
- Theme of work revolves around mental illness or the artists themselves have a history of mental illness
- Program must be interdisciplinary and include either: Theatre, film, visual arts, dance, literary arts, music, lectures
- A discussion on stigma, prejudice etc., must be included
- There is an educational program
- Opportunity to join groups. i.e., Giving/joining workshops must be an option
- MAF is held indoors and outdoors. Preferably in a common cultural space (not in a mental institution)
- A minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 days of programming is required.
- Community connections are established and encouraged
- Events are accessible to everyone
- The festival will provide performance fees to all artists and cover travel and accommodation costs/per diems
- All work presented will be accessible in the English language as much as possible
- The festival nor the MAF foundation will take a position on psychiatry, diagnosis and treatment of mental illness
- All art work is owned by the artists. Any replication must be negotiated with the artist.
REQUIREMENTS OF THE ORGANIZING COUNTRY/ ORGANIZATION
- The organizing country is able to finance the festival independent from the international foundation.
- The budget for the MAF festival edition 1, 2 & 3 was between 500,000 to 700,000 dollars. Ambitions of future festivals should be in balance with the first 3 festivals.
- The organizing country/organization has previously presented works on the theme of madness and arts and has developed/ be able to develop a community network to support the MAF initiative.
BENEFITS TO ORGANIZERS OF MADNESS AND ARTS FESTIVAL
- Name recognition
- A shared vision and purpose in building community
- Possibility of technical assistance and information
- Listing in the International Festival Directory
- National and International press support where possible
- Support and advice in grant writing and sponsorships
- Links to international festival sites
- Resource materials
- Networking opportunities
- Links to possible sponsors from the international network of MAF
Madness and Arts Haarlem, Holland:
Hans Looijen: email@example.com
Jannet Bonset: firstname.lastname@example.org
Madness and Arts Munster, Germany:
Manfred Kerkau: email@example.com
Madness and Arts Toronto, Canada:
Lisa Brown: firstname.lastname@example.org