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Final event of MayWorks – Sunday May 29

Posted May 20th, 2016

Joing us for the final event of MayWorks 2016…
Ukrainian Labour Temple – AUUC Winnipegi
(Admission by donation)

The annual Spring Concert will be part of the Ukrainian Labour Temple’s participation in Doors Open. Featuring performances by: the Winnipeg Festival Choir, Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra, AUUC dance groups, Yunist Ensemble and the School of Folk Dance.

See you there!

Opening May 12 – SALT OF THE EARTH

Posted May 10th, 2016

MAY 12-14 • 7:30PM
SALT OF THE EARTH – a play by Theatre Anywhere Productions
Rory Runnells Studio: 504-100 Arthur Street (Artspace)

One person play about William Henry Cliffe, a child labourer who left England for Winnipeg in 1911 to escape the class system. This production is a remounting of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival play written and performed by Kevin Longfield about his grandfather who was a child labourer in the Cheshire salt mines before apprenticing as a blacksmith and emigrating to Canada in 1911.

Tomorrow – A LITTLE POLISH POETRY SYMPOSSIUM 7:30 McNally Robinson Booksellers

Posted May 2nd, 2016

Join MayWorks for an evening of Polish Poetry
Tomorrow – Tuesday May 3 @ 7:30 pm, McNally Robinson (travel alcove)

Selections from a central European poetry read in Polish by writer Margaret Kellermann McCulloch and in English by singer Liliana Romanowski. An introduction, and selected poetry by Ron Romanowski (author of A Reader’s Guide to the Unnameable).
Refreshments will be served. Free to all!

May Day March! THIS SUNDAY 12:30 pm City Hall

Posted April 29th, 2016


Join us in this years MayWorks May Day March –
“Protect the Human and Natural Environments”

Come down and meet with fellow supporters to engage the discussion around this years theme – environmental stewardship and the labour movement.

Meet 12:30 @ City Hall
Including presentation of the Bruce MacKay Solidarity Award

Welcome to MayWorks 2016

Posted April 19th, 2016

Welcome to MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts 2016, in this 22nd year for MayWorks. The Festival’s first year was 1994 – the 75th Anniversary of the Winnipeg General Strike. It was those anniversary celebrations that prompted a number of trade union activists to launch MayWorks. Now, twenty-two years later we are looking forward to and planning for the 100th anniversary of the General Strike in 2019.

MayWorks is unique in that it is dedicated to celebrating art and ideas which emerge from working class struggles. As before MayWorks offers a mix of events and something of interest to everyone. We have some events that are part of the calendar every year such as those that honour the history of the Strike or unique cultural gems such as the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra. This year MayWorks theme exposes racism and how it is used to divide, control and distract from the real issues and problems that we face as a society.

We have all experienced how this works. We saw the attempt to divide Canadians in the federal election last year. Efforts were made to inflame opinion around issues such as the hijab. Appeals were made to “Canadian values” and “old stock Canadians” and the tone was distinctly anti-immigrant. The issue of inflaming public opinion along cultural, religious, ethnic and national lines has emerged front and centre in the U.S presidential primaries.

On this note the Festival will feature events that build understanding and the program book will feature short essays exploring the issue of racism from various perspectives.

The MayWorks program has become an integral part of the Festival not only as a guide to the events but an artistic and literary contribution to the Festival in its own right. The program is available on-line at this web site and in printed form at various locations. We are quite proud of the program and its development over the years. In this regard we owe a great deal of thanks to the union support that makes it possible. You can also find a list of all our events in the calendar

Whatever your interest we invite you to come and participate in the events that are part of this year’s MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts.

We also ask you to consider supporting the Festival by following us on Facebook, volunteering for MayWorks events and contributing financially to help us build the Festival.

Glenn Michalchuk,
MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts