The Rendezvous with Madness Festival (RWM) is the first and largest art and mental health festival in the world, hosted each year by Workman Arts in Toronto, Canada. The festival presents local, national and international work exploring themes of mental health and/or addiction issues.
In summer 2020, Workman Arts will move from 651 Dufferin Street (our home for the past 10 years) to the brand-new McCain Complex Care and Recovery Building at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). This world-class facility will feature a 300-seat auditorium that will be the new home for the Rendezvous with Madness Festival.
The 2020 Rendezvous with Madness Festival will be their last at 651 Dufferin St. It has been the home of Rendezvous with Madness for the past 10 years and they will say ‘goodbye’ by transforming the entire building into an art activation space that will last throughout the 11-day festival. The activation includes theatre, art, performance, dance, multi-media installation, films, media art, workshops, lectures, community conversations and everything in between.
Artists are asked to propose projects which creatively and effectively transform the space and allow audiences to engage with each other and the site. The work should address relevant mental health and/or addiction topics which centre people with lived experiences at their core.
Each project selected will receive $500-$1000 (depending on scale and needs of the project) to help actualize the project. Letters of confirmation for external grant applications will be made available for successful projects and peer-led grant writing support is also offered through Workman Arts’ regular programming. Festival promotion and basic technical needs will be provided as part of the Rendezvous with Madness Festival.
The selection jury will include members of the Workman Arts staff, guest curators and representatives from partner organizations. The jury will be looking at the nature of the project’s content, who and how people with lived experience are involved, how the context is being addressed, the feasibility of the project, budget considerations and site requirements.