Balikbayan [Workers Arts & Heritage Centre]

Serving to preserve, honour, and promote 
the culture & history of all working people.

51 Stuart Street, Hamilton  |  905.522.3003       
Public Hours:  Wed to Sat from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Kwentong Bayan Collective (Jo SiMalaya Alcampo and Althea Balmes)

January 24, 2018 - April 21, 2018

Opens January 24th, 2017. Join us for the opening reception on Friday, February 9th, 7 – 9 pm; artists will be in attendance.

The exhibition BALIKBAYAN features a visual timeline of the 150+ year history of caregiving in Canada by racialized women, and Balikbayan boxes that contain migration and labour stories.

In the Filipino language, “balik” means “to return” and “bayan” can mean “country, place, home, or town”.

Since the 70’s, the labour export policy of the Philippine government has forced Overseas Filipino Workers to work abroad to provide for their families. An average of 6,000 workers leave the Philippines each day. One way they maintain a connection with their loved ones is to send home balikbayan boxes home packed with items that symbolize their labour and care.

BALIKBAYAN will transform WAHC into a gathering place to listen to migrant worker stories. In a series of gatherings, workers from Hamilton and Toronto will participate in a healing soup circle, create storytelling wearables, and plant native seeds. At each gathering, folks can create their own pasalubong (gifts) to take home and share with others.

Visit our website, Twitter and Facebook pages for updates on program offerings presented alongside BALIKBAYAN over our winter season, including two PA Day camps, a comic jam for ages 12 and up and much more.

For more information, contact Tara Bursey, Program Coordinator, at or (905) 522-3003 ex. 29

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (All day) to Saturday, April 21, 2018 (All day)
Workers Arts and Heritage Centre, 51 Stuart St, Hamilton