The 43rd Odigitis Festival, organized by the Communist Youth of Greece (KNE), was attended by more than 250 thousands of people and dozens of communist youth organizations from other countries. This year’s festival was dedicated to October Revolution.
The festival, held for the first time in 1975, this year took place again in Tritsi Park in Athens from September 21 to September 23. The motto of this year’s festival was Mayakovski’s – the poet of the October Revolution – “the future will not come on its own … if we do not take measures” verse.
This year’s festival was dedicated to the centenary of the Great October Socialist Revolution. During the festival some copies of the works of Russian avant-garde which were taken from Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Museum – Costakis Collection were exhibited around festival area. And there was a special exhibit about historical process of October Revolution narrated by guides.
On the first day of the festival, among many political and cultural activities, a spectacular concert took place on the great stage with the attendance of the famous Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis.
On the second day, a seminar was organized on the great stage under the title “Truths and Lies About Socialism.” And among cultural events, a major concert of classical music compositions was given, which were based on the works of famous Soviet composers.
On the last day of the festival, the closing event was the speech of the General Secretary of Communist Party of Greece (KKE) Dimitris Koutsoumpas. In his speech Koutsoumpas said that people should not compromise with exploitation. He underlined that this system based on the exploitation of man by man will be eventually abolished and that future will be socialism.