After passing from numerous cities and town across Greece, including last week's successful three-day festivities in Thessaloniki, the 43rd KNE-Odigitis Festival concludes its journey on 21-23 September in Athens. The events of the festival, which have political and cultural dimensions, will be held at "Antonis Tritsis" Park in the western suburb of Ilion.
This year's Festival by the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE) is dedicated to the 100 years since the Great October Socialist Revolution. For that reason, a significant part of the Festival will honour this great historical event, with a large exhibition which will also include material from the KKE archives.
In the Cultural place of the Festival, someone will have the opportunity to see an art exhibition of the Russian avant garde, through digital copies from the renowned Costakis Collection of the Thessaloniki State Museum of Modern Art.
Among the interesting political discussions that will take place at the Festival is the one under the title "Anticommunism, EU's official ideology" which will be held on Thursday 21 September at the University students' kiosk. Major speakers include Kostas Papadakis, KKE MEP and member of the CC of the Party, as well as representatives from the Communist Party of Poland and the Revolutionary Communist Youth Union (bolsheviks) of Russia.
On the same day, at the international place (Diethnoupolis), Kostas Skolarikos, member of the History Section of the CC of the KKE, will address the issue of the "international impact of the October Revolution". Representatives from foreign youth organisations will also participate and intervene.
On Friday, 22 September, a central discussion under the title "Truths and lies about the socialist revolution" will take place, with major speakers being Makis Papadopoulos, member of the political bureau of the CC of the KKE, and Loukas Anastasopoulos, member of the CC of KNE.
At the Culture Place, Eleni Miliaronikolaki, member of the CC of the KKE and responsible for the CC's Culture Section, will analyze the "red fruits of October in art and culture".
DIMITRIS KOUTSOUMBAS' SPEECH
The festival will conclude on Saturday 23 September, at 20:30 local hour, with a large political event and a speech by the Secretary General of the CC of the KKE Dimitris Koutsoumbas. A greeting message will be delivered by the Secretary of the Central Council of KNE Nikos Abatielos.
The festival's last day includes a great concert, dedicated to the late composer Manos Loizos, with the participation of some of Greece's most famous singers like George Dalaras, Maria Farantouri and Vasilis Papakonstantinou.
During the previous days, singers like Miltos Paschalidis, Dimitris Basis, Melina Aslanidou, Rita Antonopoulou, Vasilis Lekkas, Kostas Makedonas and others will participate in concerts dedicated to significant personalities of Greek music culture, such as the renowned legendary composer Mikis Theodorakis and the late popular singer Dimitris Mitropanos.