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First day of Festa do Avante! 2020 dedicated to African music

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The 44th edition of the Festa do Avante! took place between the 4th, 5th, and 6th of September at Quinta da Atalaia, Seixal

The Festa do Avante! is a political and cultural festival of the communist party whose context is the defense of the interests of workers and the people, fighting, right by right, for new advances and for structural responses to national problems, and for the realization of an alternative patriotic left-wing policy with “eyes set on the fight“. It is a multifaceted initiative that includes political moments, rallies, debates and exhibitions; musical theater and cinema; a Book and Music Fair, and an area dedicated to children.

This year was a unique year for what is usual for the Festa, due to the global pandemic, the venue that annually welcomes more than 100 thousand people, this year received less than a third to guarantee all hygiene and detachment rules.

In all corners of the party, entrance to exhibitions, stages, bars, and bathrooms, there were points for hand disinfection with a disinfectant gel, while waiting for concerts an appeal to the use of masks and to comply with the distance rules was heard, and there’s a special mention dedicated all the work of the staff, helpers, volunteers and party organizers who guided the visitors of the party.

This edition was also marked by the anti-racist demonstrations experienced in Portugal and around the world, the organization made a playlist of songs by African artists in chronological order giving expression to the heritage of the fight against racism.

Gerson Marta at Avante 2020 © Patrícia Rodrigues – Portugalinews

The highlight of the first day then goes to the concert “Music and voices of Africa against racism” with the guests Maria Alice from Cape Verde, Costa Neto from Mozambique, Anastácia Carvalho from São Tomé, and Gerson Marta from Angola, with the direction musical performance by Rolando Semedo, on the 25 de Abril Stage.

At the Auditorium 1º de Maio performed Camané and Mário Laginha; Aldina Duarte; and Cidália Moreira, Ana Sofia Varela and Luís Caeiro in a tribute to Amália Rodrigues. Tem Pô, Charanga and G-Combo performed on the Paz Stage.

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Tribute to Amalia with Cidalia Moreira, Ana Sofia Varela ans Luis Caeiro © Patricia Rodrigues – Portugalinews

 

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