Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is an annual multidisciplinary arts festival that celebrates the culture of all working peoples. We incite the creation and production of art that engages diverse artists and workers in the advancement of social justice and the labour movement.

2017 Festival

  • A DAY’S WORK

    Film

    A film about the case of Day Davis who was killed on his first day of work as a temporary employee at the age of 21.

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  • JOURNEY TO BELONG

    Exhibition, Film, Performance

    Journey to Belong features the drag performance Sarap, the short film The Sunflower Man, and the visual exhibit My Journey on the "Pathway".

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  • ART & TOMATOES

    Exhibition

    Art and Tomatoes is a visual exhibition and public installation that highlights and reflects on the Harvesting Freedom campaign, one of the most important workers' rights, anti-racist, migrant justice mobilizations of 2016.

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  • THE STORY OF ALBERT JACKSON

    Book Launch, Panel Discussion

    Racialized workers experience higher rates of unemployment and precarious work. We are making a link between the Albert Jackson story of 1882 and the intersection of racism and precarious work today, as Canada celebrates 150 years in 2017.

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  • STRIKE A CHORD

    Exhibition

    In this exhibition, artists respond to times of peril by presenting scenarios of violence, responding with the action of protest and healing while conjuring an atmosphere of resistance.

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  • WRITING WHILE BLACK

    Workshop

    Part group discussion, part reading salon, part creation lab, Writing While Black engages participants in a discussion on zines written by people of colour and specifically the means in which indie print-culture can galvanize movements for racialized people.

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  • PACKINGTOWN

    Performance

    The video ballad Packingtown shares the vibrant people’s history of North Edmonton through original songs and video interviews with people who worked at the meatpacking plants and lived in the community during the height of the meatpacking industry there.

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