MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts 2018 Call for Submissions

Posted November 20th, 2017

Event Submission Form

The theme for MayWorks 2018 is “Human Needs – Neither Optional or Negotiable”.  We examine the struggle of working people to maintain hard fought victories and forestall defeats in the face of corporate and government push for austerity as well as ownership and control of all the supplies of food, water, energy and production. We also want to challenge those who attempt to silence or discredit those who raise their voices in protest on behalf of the people with no voice!

MayWorks was first established as a Festival of Labour and the Arts in Winnipeg in 1994 as part of the celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the 1919 general strike in Winnipeg. There are MayWorks Festivals in many other Canadian cities in May and all celebrate the contributions of working people through various forms of artistic expressions, displays, or other relevant expressions.

All artists, organizations, or anyone proposing an event are requested to submit this form on or before Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 5:00PM to MayWorks at

Submissions received will be reviewed and a decision made regarding acceptance into MayWorks 2018.

Terms and conditions:

There are no fees associated with being part of the Festival;

The event will be relevant to the MayWorks theme and mandate;

Organizer(s) of an event are responsible for venue, tickets and any support required for holding the event  and are required to promote the event independently;

Events are also expected to promote the MayWorks Festival at their event;

MayWorks provides overall publicity for the Festival and will:

         promote your organization and event in our online and print calendar;

         include you in our event listings and large festival media release, launched in May;

         offer advice in promoting your event(s);

Please provide the following details:

Name (artist or organization which is making the submission): 

Contact information (email and telephone number): 

Description of project/event (please explain how your project addresses the theme or how it fits the overall mandate of MayWorks):

The following is for the promotion of your event (the information you provide here will be how the event is advertised in MayWorks promotional material so please ensure it is accurate):

Day(s), date(s) and time(s) of event: 

Event name or title:

Event description (not to exceed 150 words – though we reserve the right to edit):

Event location:

Ticket price and, if applicable, where tickets can be purchased in advance:

For more information: (provide a reliable way you can be contacted about the event)

Welcome to MayWorks 2017

Posted April 21st, 2017

Welcome to MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts 2017.
This is the 23rd 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 the MayWorks Festival as a celebration of working class struggles.

MayWorks offers a mix of events and something of interest to everyone. We have some events that are part of the calendar every year that honour the history of the Strike or unique cultural gems such as the Winnipeg Mandolin Orchestra. This year, MayWorks looks at the effects globalization: “the Good, the Bad and the Ugly”.

Events in Britain (the vote to leave the European Union) and the United States (the election of Donald Trump as President) have been part of a mass response to globalization and its effects on working people.

In this year’s Festival, we examine the struggles of working people to maintain hard fought victories and forestall defeats in the face of corporate and government push for austerity, as well as ownership and control of all the supplies of food, water, energy and production. On this note the Festival will feature some events dealing specifically with the features of globalization.

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.

Glenn Michalchuk,
MayWorks Festival of Labour and the Arts

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!