Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Mayworks adapts to COVID restrictions

The 2021 social justice-themed cultural event has been split into three rounds to take place between now and Labour Day.

With current pandemic restrictions coming into effect just days before Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax was scheduled to get underway this year, organizers have pivoted to a festival lineup split into three rounds between now and Labour Day.

Currently underway, round one goes all digital. While some events have already taken place in this first wave, still to come is Archives Continuum, the storytelling project from Collective 2030, which will run online from May 25 through June 15.

Round two will occur in June and July, with programming accessible individually or in small groups.

Toil Here, the free exhibition of labour-centred art by artists across the rural reaches of Mi’kma’ki will now take place from June 30 to July 24. The exhibit has been curated in collaboration between Mayworks and the Khyber Centre for the Arts.

Change the Game, Mayworks’ board game night of socially conscious games, will take place at the Derby Showbar on June 13 and 20. On June 27 and July 4, textile artist Emily Comeau leads Pockets of Resistance, a workshop where you’ll learn how to sew pockets into your clothes.

The festival will conclude on September 3 with what was originally to be its May Day kick-off. The postponed event features Aquakultre and DJ Uncle Fester performing a live album recording at The Derby Show Bar and opening act Kxng Wooz.

Established in 2009, Mayworks Kjipuktuk/Halifax has grown to become Nova Scotia’s largest social justice-themed cultural event, exploring social, economic, and environmental justice issues in a multi-disciplinary format.

Visit mayworkskjipuktukhfx.ca for tickets and the full list of scheduled events.

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