Mayworks Festival Opens Friday, April 28th!

Mayworks Festival Opens Friday, April 28th!

Art Against Precarity:  April 28 – May 7, 2017

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The 32nd annual Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts – Art Against Precarity – opens on Friday, April 28th, with a multi-disciplinary program that thematically highlights the state of precarious work and workers’ struggles against precarity.

The 2017 Festival includes: two visual exhibitions – Art & Tomatoes and Strike A Chord – which celebrate workers’ rights and anti-racist migrant justice mobilizations, and bring to the fore the activist potential of art; screenings of A Day’s Work, an award-winning documentary on the temporary work industry; the book launch of The Story of Albert Jackson, a children’s picture book about Albert Jackson, Toronto’s first black postal worker; Packingtown, a live music and video performance that tells the story of the 1986 Gainers strike in Edmonton; Writing While Black, a workshop on how grassroots art can give voice to the marginalized peoples; and Journey to Belong, a multi-art event that features the works of migrant activists in their investigation of the potential of art to empower, express, and create change.

While all events at this year’s Festival are free of charge, we encourage you to register to guarantee a seat

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2017 Mayworks Festival. We hope Art Against Precarity will inform, provoke, inspire, and celebrate you!


Mayworks is honoured to be  working with an incredible lineup of artists, curators, and contributors this year.  Through their work and commitment, they demonstrate the power of art, and artists, to creatively address and confront injustice, while also helping to give form to ways of seeing alternative, and more just, ways of being and relating to each other. We invite you to meet this year’s set of Mayworks contributors, and explore with them the ways in which artists, workers, and activists, can work to collectively confront, and overcome, our precarious times. Please click here for more information.