FREDERICTON – More than a dozen artists will come together from April 29 to May 7 for the second annual Mayworks Fredericton Festival of Working People and the Arts organized by the Fredericton & District Labour Council (FDLC).
“The festival spans over May Day which is recognized globally as International Workers’ Day,” says FDLC President Alex Bailey. “Mayworks festivals have been taking part in various Canadian cities for nearly 30 years and we are very pleased to be able to continue this annual tradition here in Fredericton.”
“The purpose of Mayworks Fredericton is to bring workers, artists and the general public together to celebrate justice and diversity and recognize the history and struggle of working people.”
Mayworks Fredericton kicked off today at the Fredericton Public Library Art Gallery with a Workers’ Art Exhibit and live music. This launches a variety of events throughout the city over the next 10 days.
THEATRE | Marx In Soho: Play by Howard Zinn
This comedy is a brilliant introduction to Marx’s life, analysis of society, and passion for social justice.
Directed by John Ball, Featuring Jeff Bate Boerop
Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30 at 7:30pm
Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University
DANCE | Filipino Dance & Culture: Voices of Migrant Workers
A dance performance by the Filipino-Canadian CommUNITY of New Brunswick and a panel discussion exploring the rights of migrant workers.
Saturday, April 30 at 2:00pm, Black Box Theatre, STU
CULINARY | Beyond the Taste Buds
Celebrating the relationship between working people of the world and the food we eat. Let’s meet, eat and treat ourselves to authentic Nepali food.
Sunday, May 1st, from 1pm-3pm (reserve a ticket at the Multicultural Association of Fredericton)
Greener Village, 686 Riverside Dr.
PUBLIC TALK | The Servant State – Overseeing Capital Accumulation in Canada
Authors Thom Workman and Geoffrey McCormack explore Canada’s experience through the “age of austerity” and the role the state plays in capitalism.
Sunday, May 1 7pm to 9pm
Conserver House, 180 St. John Street
FILM | Suffragette (film screening)
The film Suffragette is the remarkable and thrilling true story of the real foot soldiers of the Suffragette movement in the early 20th-century.
Thursday, May 5, 7pm
Tilley 102, UNB
MUSIC | Joe Hill “Songs of Struggle”: Open Mic
A tribute to the life and songs of Joe Hill, an iconic figure who still inspires us to this day. Open mic celebrating songs of struggle on Friday, May 6, 8pm at the Crown Plaza Ballroom
MUSIC | One Love: a concert for kids
Kelly Waterhouse presents music for families celebrating empathy, kindness, and peace through song.
Saturday, May 7 at The Fredericton Public Library at 10:30am
POETRY | El Jones: Poetry and Power
A powerful spoken word performance by El Jones, Halifax’s Poet Laureate (2013-2015). Her spoken word activism educates and empowers.
Art & Power Panel, Saturday, May 7, at 2pm St. Thomas University (Edmond Casey Hall room 120)
Poetry Open Mic and Spoken Word Performance May 7, at 7pm NBLiquor Train Station
ALL MONTH, May 1-31
VISUAL ARTS | The Workers’ Art Exhibition
An exhibition celebrating working people and the visual arts/sculpture
Fredericton Public Library | open hours
VISUAL ARTS | Environmental Art Exhibit: Along the Pipeline
The Conservation Council of New Brunswick showcases a photo exhibit by Robert van Waarden documenting those impacted by the proposed energy east pipeline.
CCNB Conserver House, 180 St. John Street | open hours
Admission to all Mayworks Fredericton events is through free will donation.