NEWS: Threshold teams with Liverpool Mental Health Consortium for ‘Mad Pride’

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Liverpool Mental Health Consortium has teamed up with Threshold Festival to bring Mad Pride celebrations to Liverpool for the first time.

Instrumental to the success of previous World Mental Health Day celebrations, Threshold fully embraces the creative bonkers-ness that is Mad Pride. Taking place at 24 Kitchen Street on Sunday 3rd April, Mad Pride promises a line-up of music, spoken word and performances alongside a range of creative activities for party-goers to get stuck into. Expect an Andy Warhol’s Factory-style vibe as local artists offer screen-printing, wall-papering and lantern-making workshops, with a pop-up exhibition of finished artwork decorating the walls of the venue.

Mad Pride kicks off at 3pm with Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5, who will get the party started in the style of the “The Yellow Movement”, as the band likes to be known. From 4-5pm, local motivator and all-round talent Faris Khalifa will lead the “confidential rants”: a soap-box for people to go on stage and “rant” for up to five minutes about something that matters to them. Alternating slots of professional poets and audience members promises an exciting opportunity to take part and rant to fellow Mad Pride go-ers!

DJs Rebel Soul and The Walrus Said, will be spinning an eclectic mix of tunes from all over the world and their early evening set will be dotted with weird and wonderful pop-up performances by the Cabaret from the Shadows and the Suitcase Ensemble, to name a just a few. There will also be face-painting on offer as well as a dressing-up box, inviting Mad Pride revellers to get into character in time for the Mad Pride Parade!

At 7.20pm, local performance collective Bring the Fire Project will draw party-goers outside with a fire performance, making way for the Mad Pride parade. While 24 Kitchen Street closes for the duration, the parade starts at 7.40pm and will take in the footprint of Threshold Six, led by torches and with pop-up surprises along the way! Returning to the venue at 8.30pm, DJ Kid Blast will welcome parade go-ers back with his scratch-masterly skills. Seven-piece band The Lotharios will be on stage from 9.30-10.30pm, whipping up the party one last time and closing the event with a bang!

Claire Stevens from Liverpool Mental Health Consortium said: “We are excited to be part of Threshold and to be able to promote good mental health in the context of art and creativity. It’s all about bringing people together, having fun and using the arts platform to help break down stigma towards mental distress in a playful and creative way.”

A full schedule of the day’s events and activities taking place at 24 Kitchen Street can be viewed here.

Threshold Festival, founded by Chris Herstad Carney and Kaya Herstad Carney, has been displaying a wealth of musicians, artists and promoters in the heart of the Baltic District for the last five years. The festival has grown from a small and local event to one of the city’s biggest celebrations of alternative and authentic live music. This year, the festival aims to draw more attention to the thriving arts programme, with events such as Mad Pride leading the way to the festival’s most creative and artistic corners.

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