Fredericton’s festival of “working people and the arts” announces biggest lineup to date.
Mayworks Fredericton returns this month with another season of programming aimed at helping to build a culture and society that celebrates the history and struggle of working people in New Brunswick. This year’s festival will present a wide range of events completely free of charge.
Mayworks Fredericton 2016 is shaping up to be the festival’s biggest yet.
According to organizer Alex Bailey, this year’s event has benefited from greater interest and growing momentum from the community including, “more volunteers and a broader scope of ideas coming out of community brainstorming sessions.”
“We have also received more financial support from the labour movement,” said Bailey, “so we can provide every event free of charge to the public. We want to pay the artists well and also make the works accessible to all.”
Check out this year’s programming, which includes film, dance, theatre, music and more.
National Day of Mourning Ceremony
Mourning the dead and fighting for the living: Honoring workers who lost their lives on the job
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:45am
Fire fighter’s Monument (Small Craft Aquatic Centre, 63 Brunswick St.)
Mayworks Fredericton Launch
An afternoon of music, entertainment and guest speakers to launch Mayworks Fredericton
Friday, April 29 from 1pm to 2pm
Fredericton Public Library
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.
Black Box Theatre, STU at 2:00pm
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 April 30 at 7:30pm
Black Box Theatre, St. Thomas University
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
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 Saturday, April 25 at 7pm
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
One Love: a concert for kids
Kelly Waterhouse presents music for families celebrating empathy, kindness, and peace through song.
The Fredericton Public Library at 10:30am
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, May 7, St. Thomas University, 2pm
Poetry Open Mic and Spoken Word Performance May 7, NBLiquor Train Station 7pm
ALL MONTH, May 1-31
The Workers’ Art Exhibition
An exhibition celebrating working people and the visual arts/sculpture
Fredericton Public Library | open hours
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
Learn more at www.facebook.com/mayworksfredericton/timeline