Follow the links below to experience our 2020 Digital Edition of Mayworks K’jipuktuk/Halifax!
Pjila’si, bienvenue, and welcome to our 2020 festival. Although it may feel these days like we’re living in a purely virtual space, we acknowledge that we and all our viewers in Mi’kma’ki are in the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq. We are all Treaty People, each holding the responsibility of not only honouring, but also enacting peace and friendship as we share the land which sustains us. For those of you viewing from outside Mi’kma’ki, please take a moment to acknowledge the Indigenous people and the colonial history of the place where you are.
Created by Zuppa Theatre Co. and James Tyson with Andrew Burke
Vista 20 is a 30-minute app-guided walking tour that can be done anywhere, anytime. Think of it as a short stroll during which you run into seven interesting people working in public health in Halifax during the COVID-19 crisis.
Walking Gottingen uses storytelling and natural sounds to provide a completely immersive experience for listeners as they walk down Gottingen Street in Halifax’s North End. Listeners have the opportunity to hear stories from residents who have experienced anti-black racism, homophobia, and postcolonial attitudes in a neighbourhood that is undergoing gentrification.
Behind the Queens: From the Creators of Broadway Boyz
A two-part podcast presented by DaPoPo Theatre where the creators of Broadway Boyz share experiences about their hopes, fears, and convictions for themselves, the arts, and the queer community in a world in crisis.
Hip Hop Vs. Capitalism: A Digital Mixtape
Check out this exclusive online hip-hop mixtape featuring songs with a political bent created by artists from Halifax and across Canada. Featuring Lee Reed, Ghettosocks, Unknown Mizery, Tachichi, Test Their Logik, Aquakultre, Mother Tareka, Nilla, Party Brass, Aquasocks, Praxis Life, Ceeb Dread, and more. Presented in partnership with Rhymethink and Sipset.
Test Their Logik – See
Test Their Logik is released their long-awaited third album “See” this May Day. With subject matter bouncing between dystopian and utopian visions of what our future could look like, it is well-timed for the era of uncertainty we find ourselves in.
The films in this program range from the distressing to the uplifting, but they all explore the pain and destructiveness of isolation, and the need for economic, cultural, and spiritual community. They urge us to acknowledge the very real divisions in our society, to lend a helping hand, even if it’s a virtual one, and to value the connections and coalitions that sustain us.
The films Victim Impact (Nicole R. Slaunwhite, 2019), The Dreamers (Erica Meus-Saunders, 2019) and The Game of Hockey: A Mi’kmaw Story(April Maloney, co-director Cheryl Maloney, 2019) were only exclusively available on May 19th. Follow the links below to view films still publicly available online.
NFB Playlist & Other Recommended Viewing
Drawn from NFB’s very own subject tiers which concern advertising, media, along with means and modes of production: the films in this selection contend with inertia, consumerism, and labour relations.
Dog Island – Mayworks Edition
Dog Island, Atlantic Canada’s premier cultural marxist podcast, issued a special video episode followed by a live evening call in talk show. Check out some of the recorded segments below featuring interviews with guests from different parts of eastern Canada.
The Big Sing – Mayworks Edition
The Big Sing hosted a virtual jam session of well-loved tunes including CCR’s Proud Mary, Rita MacNeil’s Working Man, Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5, Wilson Phillips’ Hold On, and more! Sing along as The Big Sing team teaches you harmonies and invites you in for this online kitchen party in special celebration with Mayworks.
Q&A with the creators of Walking Gottingen
Jayde Tynes, Francella Fiallos and Sarah Poko participate in a live stream Q&A to talk about the process of creating Walking Gottingen, what it is and what they hope will be its impact.
Q&A with Nicole R. Slaunwhite, Director of Victim Impact
Nicole R. Slaunwhite offered a Q&A on FaceBook Live to talk about her film, Victim Impact is a documentary about the Nova Scotia Victim Services Program.
Voices From the Pandemic: COVID-19 & Work
COVID-19 has changed how we work, where we work and even if we work.
Here are the personal experiences of workers during the pandemic as illustrated through words, photographs, art, and video interviews. Click on each picture for more.
Why we celebrate workers and the labour movement in May.
With few exceptions, all our events are intended to be experienced online from your home. Vista and Walking Gottingen require you to travel on your own to take in the experience. Vista requires you to choose your own path, which can be according to your own ability. Walking Gottingen requires you to travel along Gottingen Street, which is lined with sidewalks. In both cases, take note that many businesses and public spaces currently have limited access, which in turn makes access to washrooms difficult. Plan accordingly!
In many cases, closed captioning is available for films hosted on the NFB and CBC Gem platforms. Simply click the CC symbol at the bottom of the video frame. The films The Day I Stopped Talking and Met du respect dans ton bac also contain English subtitles.
A version of Vista 20 is available for the deaf and hard of hearing. Transcripts are included in the app. A downloadable transcript of Walking Gottingen is available here.