In his speech on September 5th, the General Secretary of the Communist Party Jerónimo de Sousa stated:
"This is a unique Festival, there is no other like it in Portugal. A Festival where the Party that we are is expressed, its transforming project, the strength of its convictions, its values and ideals, its way of being in life, its determination to fight and build a better future. That expresses and projects this Party that is here, that has lived and struggled for 100 years, passing on the witness from generation to generation, serving the workers, the people and the Country, always in solidarity with the liberating struggles of all peoples of the world".
story of "Avante!" Festival, which is named after the official
newspaper of the Portuguese Communist Party, goes back to 1976 and since
then has been a great cultural and political event that attracks young
men and women from all over Portugal as well as international
delegations from communist parties from around the world.