The Rendezvous with Madness Festival is the first and largest arts and mental health festival in the world. Using art as the entry point to illuminate and investigate the realities and mythologies surrounding mental illness and addiction, Rendezvous With Madness’ 2020 programming spotlights the human capacity for endurance in the face of great challenges.  As community members are feeling the emotional effects of months of isolation, income precarity, and anxiety over what the future holds, the Rendezvous With Madness Festival offers a unique opportunity to come together in reflection and discussion.

We are thrilled to announce the full programming line-up for the 28th annual Rendezvous With Madness Festival. The Festival runs October 15-25, 2020 and showcases a range of feature and short films from around the globe, as well as Re:Building Resilience, a full-building activation of the Workman Arts building at 651 Dufferin Street featuring visual, media and performance art installations. All tickets are Pay What You Wish (PWYW) and there will be both in-person and virtual options for engaging with the festival, so all patrons can enjoy the festival safely.


Since announcing the Rendezvous With Madness Festival line-up a little less than a month ago we have seen a steady increase in Covid19 numbers. This past week all levels of government urged extra caution and Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health, Eileen de Villa, recommended that individuals only consider leaving their homes for essential activities. We know we must work together to protect the most vulnerable in our community so, with this in mind, we are cancelling our in-person screenings and the in-person tours of the exhibition. The action we take now will affect the course of the pandemic and we feel it is our responsibility to do our part to slow the spread of the virus. Rest assured virtual options remain as planned: all programs, including our opening night film, Judy Versus Capitalism, our spotlight film Les heures heureuses and our closing night film This is Not A Burial, it’s a Resurrection can be streamed online. The Re:Building Resilience Exhibition has a virtual tour that includes a virtual swag bag with extra features from the 25 projects on offer. We hope that audiences will join us for our many panel discussions, Q&As, workshops and masterclasses that happen live on Zoom. Thank you so much for continuing to support the Rendezvous With Madness Festival. We look forward to connecting online and hope you and yours are safe in these trying times.


Tickets for Rendezvous with Madness 2020 are now available — click the button below to browse the schedule and book your tickets now!



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