May Day Fiesta @ Turnstyle


Our May Day
Labour of Love Celebration
May Day (1st of May) has long been a day to remember and celebrate
popular struggles against injustice, oppression and inequalities. May
Day has historic origins in both pre-Christian European pagan
celebrations and the struggles of labour in the 1800s for the eighthour
day (something we could do with now!). Since then countless
friends and comrades, across the world, have used May Day as a time
to reflect on the long history of victories and defeats, to come
together and enrich collectivities and plan and dream different kinds
of society, ones with dignity, freedom and solidarity.
However in more recent times May Day has shrunk in importance, and
is either forgotten about or only seen as a ‘union’ thing. Yet in the
times that we live in, facing the world that we do, don’t we need to
create spaces to come together to create the kinds of relationships
and collectives that can challenge the power of capitalism and open
up different kinds of possibilities?
So this May Day come join us at Turnstyle. We are planning dinner,
films and discussion. Bring a pot of food to share. Bring tools of
melody for wee vocal inspirations. Bring some radical art to create
an “Ode to Effort Gallery”. After all, we are the ones we have been
waiting for.
Ze fiesta starts around 6pm and shall winds down at 12 midnight
Rocking the Foundations – Pat Fiske – 1986 – 92 minutes
An outstanding historical account of the Green Bans first introduced by the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation in the 1970s in response to community demand to preserve inner- city parkland and historic buildings. One of the first women to be accepted as a builders labourer, filmmaker Pat Fiske traces the development of a quite singular union whose social and political
activities challenged the notion of what a union should be.
What Would It Mean To Win? – Alana Victoria Hunt – 2008 – 40 minutes
“What Would It Mean To Win?” was filmed on the blockades at the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Germany in June 2007. In their first collaborative film Zanny Begg and Oliver Ressler focus on the current state of the counter-globalisation movement in a project which grows out of both artists’ preoccupation with globalization and its discontents. The film, which combines documentary footage, interviews and animation sequences, is structured around three questions pertinent to the movement: Who are we? What is our power? What would it mean to win?

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