On October 18, 2017, within the framework of various events organized by the KKE to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution, a concert was held with the Symphonic Orchestra of the Greek Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) at the Megaron Music Hall with works by the Soviet composers Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, and Aram Khachaturian. The ERT Orchestra was directed by internationally renowned orchestra conductor Alexander Myrat.
Mikis Theodorakis, 91, conducting his song "Arnisi" (Denial) at the end of an emotional concert at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens. An one-thousand-member choir, numerous musicians, soloists, opera singers, actors and 50,000 spectators paid tribute to Greece's legendary composer.
you left us and this is the first time I disagree with you".
- Mikis Theodorakis, 26/11/2016.
With the above laconic phrase published in his personal website the internationally-renowned Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, 91, expressed his farewell to the emblematic Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro. Theodorakis, composer of numerous masterpieces such as Canto General (Poetry by Pablo Neruda), Axion Esti, Serpico and Zorba, whose musical genius made a decisive contribution to the cultural renaissance of postwar Greece, had the opportunity to meet with Fidel in Cuba and become a friend of the Cuban leader.
"A Composer of his great era" says the banner above the orchestra. Photo from the two-day event organised by the KKE in Athens.
In a two-day cultural event held at the Party's headquarters in Athens, the Attica Party Organisation of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) honoured the legendary Soviet composer and musician Dmitri Shostakovich. The event began with an introductory speech by Themis Gionis, member of the CC of KKE and also member of the Political Bureau of the KKE Attica Party Organisation, who among other things said:
It was on 17 September 1982 when one of the most talented Greek composers of his generation passed away. After suffering several strokes Manos Loizos died in a Moscow hospital. He was 45 years old. Loizos wasn't just an extraordinary songwriter and composer; he was a member of the Communist Party of Greece and an outspoken critic of the Greek military Junta.
A self-taught musician with an inherent talent, Manos Loizos was born on 22 October 1937 to Cypriot parents in Alexandria, Egypt. He moved to Athens at the age of 17 in order to study pharmacology but soon he gave up his studies- his passion was music. His first recordings were made in 1963 and by the mid-70s he was one of Greece's most popular composers. His songs touched the hearts of the working class people and many of them became symbols of the anti-dictatorship struggle in the 1970s.
Loizos collaborated with the most talented lyricists of his era, including his close lifelong friend Lefteris Papadopoulos, Fondas Ladis, Yannis Negrepontis, Manolis Rasoulis. Loizos' last disc was the "Letters to my wife" containing lyrics by the legendary Turkish poet Nazim Hikmet, translated in Greek language by the giant of Greek poetry, Yannis Ritsos.
annual KNE-Odigitis Festival consists one of Greece's most
significant political and cultural events. Following a tradition of
more than four decades, the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) organises
Festival with a rich programme of political, cultural and sports
activities. After numerous successful festive events in all over the
country during the previous months, the KNE-Odigitis festival will
take place in Greece's two largest cities; in Thessaloniki on 15-17 September and in Athens on 22-24 September.
Thessaloniki the festival will be held at the former military camp
'Pavlos Melas' in Stavroupoli. The cultural programme includes
concerts from popular bands like Imam Baildi,Onirama and Kitrina
Podilata as well as famous singers like Glykeria, Filippos
Pliatsikas, Giorgos Margaritis and Melina Kana. A speech will be
delivered by the member of the Political Bureau of KKE Kostas
Paraskevas on Saturday 17 September.
major and final events of the 42nd
KNE-Odigitis festival will be held a few days later at 'Antonis
Tritsis Park' (Ilion) in Athens. Numerous popular artists, composers, singers
and bands, will participate in concerts including: Vasilis Lekkas,
Thanos Mikroutsikos, Yannis Markopoulos, Miltos Paschalidis, Manolis
Mitsias, Dimitris Basis, Natasa Bofiliou, Lakis Halkias, Giorgos Margaritis, Vangelis
Korakakis, Rebellion Connection, Yperastikoi, Glykeria, Rita
Antonopoulou, Imam Baildi, Onirama etc.
On the 80th anniversary of the 1936 workers' uprising, the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) organises a large political and cultural event in the country's second largest city, Thessaloniki. The event- honoring the dead workers of the May 1936 Thessaloniki strikes- will take place on Sunday May 15th afternoon (19:30 local hour) at the city's ancient Roman market.
The major speaker will be the Party's General Secretary Dimitris Koutsoumbas.
The event will include a concert comprised of songs composed by Mikis Theodorakis based on Yannis Ritsos' poetic masterpiece "Epitaphios".
In memoriam of Dimitris Mitropanos, popular and beloved Greek singer, an extraordinary talent, a long-time outspoken supporter of the Communist Party and a Man of his words. Born April 2, 1948 in Trikala, Thessaly; Died April 17, 2012 in Athens.