Dinah Kate Macmillan

Degree in Anthropology and Master in International Cooperation

Anthropologist, peer operator , LAB57 Alchemica and Chemical Sisters , LAB57 Alchemica



Still finishing her university studies, Dinah Macmillan has 6 years of experience as a peer-operator in the field of harm reduction with particular expertise in drug policies focusing on human rights. Active with regard to women's rights, as part of a feminist and non-conforming people collective. She has a degree in Anthropology, religions and Oriental civilizations. Since 2020, she is pursuing a Master's degree in Area and Global Studies for International Cooperation.


Harm reduction in free party settings in Italy started from the grassroots. Lab 57 was the main promoter, since 90s, of an integrated intervention where harm reduction workers were organizers (Bologna street rave parades) or strictly working with sound systems, to create a safer environment in a free party (Labirintz decade -2016).
From the 1st decade of 2000, harm reduction in free party settings was carried out also from the so called “institutional” projects and organisations. The dialogue between the militant part and the institutional one has not been easy, since different ways of intervening were blocking a dialogue and a joint action, despite the objective was the same: guarantee health and well being of partygoers.
In summer 2021 the 1st step for a better cooperation was done, in a big summer teknival. The process to create a national outreach network to intervene in illegal raves begun and from that point, many joint interventions were carried out.
The process of cooperation is still ongoing. In this presentation we will focus on the strengths and weaknesses of this process and joint action, giving a view to cooperation between national and international projects, the importance of the dissemination and sharing, to improve and update one another's practices. This is also in terms of dealing with organizers, local authorities, and media, on how to raise awareness on the issue of gender-based violence as well as how to counteract the stigma on free parties.