2016 MAYWORKS FESTIVAL DATES

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is pleased to announce the dates of its 31st annual Festival: May 1 – 14, 2016. Mark your calendars because it’s going to be an amazing two weeks. We will be announce highlights from of program soon – stay tuned!

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WELCOMING AMEE LÊ AS MAYWORKS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Amee Lê to the position of Festival Director at Mayworks Festival. Amee has been working as a Program Coordinator at Mayworks and will be taking over for Nahed Mansour who has recently been appointed Programming Coordinator at SAVAC. The board and staff at Mayworks will miss Nahed’s contributions this year, but we look forward to Amee’s tremendous energy and vision for the upcoming festival!

Amee Lê
director@mayworks.ca

As technological advancement and hyperconnectivity bring increasing opportunities to grow and change, 30s are the new 20s. Now in its 31st festival, Mayworks is entering the crucial coming-of-age years. I am honoured to be given a leadership role during such a critical moment.

In my previous position as Program Coordinator, I admired the shift in the festival’s mandate to showcase more of the compelling and vital work of emerging and racialized artists. The festival continues to build on its distinction of being embedded in the labour movement, while intuitively transforming itself into an arts festival by and for cultural workers and producers.

I look forward to growing and changing with Mayworks, and working with staff and board to bring our audiences an exciting Mayworks that always unites art and labour!

2016 MIN SOOK LEE LABOUR ARTS AWARDS: CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS!

Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards.

* Labour Unions or Organizations who have used the arts to engage their membership in different ways.
WINNER: Injured Workers Consultants

* Labour Activists who have used the arts to promote the values of the labour and social justice movements:
WINNER: Farid Partovi Chaharlangi

* Artists who have captured the values of the labour and social justice movements in their art:
WINNER: Truth Is …

* Outstanding Contribution to the Labour Movement those who have captured the values of the labour and social justice movements in their art or through their activism over many years:
WINNER: Deborah Barndt

AWARD PRESENTATION AT FUNDRAISING GALA

The winners of the 2016 Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards will be presented with their awards at a fundraising gala on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto at 6 pm.

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The winners of the 2016 Min Sook Lee Labour Arts Awards will be presented with their awards at a fundraising gala on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Steelworkers Hall in Toronto at 6 pm. Tickets for the gala may be purchased at the door. Alternatively, you may purchase a ticket in advance by clicking on the PayPal Donate button on our homepage (be sure to include “MSL Awards Ticket” in the Special Instructions to the Seller). Ticket prices: sliding scale $15-50. All funds raised at the gala will go directly to funding the 31st annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts taking place at various GTA locations in May 2016.Dinner will be provided to all guests at the gala. Cash bar will also be available.For more information on the Min Sook Lee Labour Arts awards, please click here.