In a fully-packed Tritsis Park, thousands communists, workers, people of every age, men and women, attended the event, where the keynote speaker was Dimitris Koutsoumbas, General Secretary of the CC of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).
Opening speeches were delivered by the Secretary of the CC of KNE, Thodoris Kotsantis, as well as Giannis Protoulis, member of the Political Bureau of the CC of the KKE and candidate for Attica Governor in the October 8 local elections.
The three-day events at Tritsis Park in Athens was the peak of a series of events all over the country, within the framework of the 49th KNE-Odigitis festival. The major slogan of this year's festival was “With the KKE, for Socialism, so that the light vanquish the darkness”, inspired by communist poet Nazim Hikmet.
The festival included numerous political and cultural activities, including music concerts by some of the country's most popular artists such as Maria Farantouri, George Dalaras and Vasilis Papakonstantinou, theatrical performances, book presentations, stand up comedy, various exhibitions and sports events.
Numerous communist youth organizations from all over the world participated, having their own kiosks at the festival's "international city", while events concerning Cuba and Venezuela were organized by KNE.
Being one of the country's most significant annual cultural events, the KNE-Odigitis festival spans a history of 45 years. The 1st festival of KNE and her newspaper "Odigitis" took place on September 1975, just months after the collapse of the 7-year old military dictatorship.