Physical distancing may have put the brakes on the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council’s traditional Labour Day celebrations. But with a little help from the Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax Festival of Working People & the Arts, who pulled off a pandemic edition of its own earlier this year online, this year’s Labour Day festivities are going digital.
“It was a natural fit,” says Suzanne MacNeil, president of the Halifax-Dartmouth & District Labour Council in a media release. “Mayworks is an annual partner of our labour movement locally through their own festival, and they’ve clearly demonstrated their ability to successfully shift gears with really engaging digital events this past spring.”
And while the programming may be more condensed for Labour Day 2020, there is something to satisfy most interests.
“Aquakultre was at the top of my list,” says Sébastien Labelle, festival director for Mayworks. “Since the release of their latest album, Legacy, I’ve been wanting to showcase their work. The opportunity presented itself for Labour Day, and I was thrilled when they jumped on board.”
Also in the lineup are Deirdre Lee, who will perform a new poem written for the occasion and a read-along video featuring the newly released children’s book The True Cost of Coal from Beehive Design Collective.
Zuppa Theatre Co will also present a new app-guided walking tour modelled after its COVID-19 inspired Vista 20. While Vista 20 came as a response to the pandemic featuring interviews with health care workers and others responding to COVID-19, this new app will more broadly focus on labour and workers.
Digital content for this year’s Labour Day celebration will be released throughout the day on September 7. Visit mayworkshalifax.ca for details and direct links to each event.