“The Revolution in Art and Art in the Revolution” was the motto of the 45th Festa do Avante from 3 to 5 September, in Seixal
The Festa do Avante! is a political-cultural event organized by the Portuguese Communist Party (PCP), the largest and the first event of its kind held in Portugal since 1976, and held since 1990 at Quinta da Atalaia, in Seixal. The 2021 edition marked the centenary of the Portuguese Communist Party, the 47th anniversary of the April Revolution, and the 45th anniversary of the approval and enactment of the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic.
This year, the Festa still suffered from prevention measures against COVID19, but managed to increase by 23,000 tickets compared to the 2020 edition, now having a maximum capacity of 40,000 visitors at the venue.
The opening of the doors to the enclosure was made on Friday, the 3rd, at 4 pm, which only entered visitors with an EP and a negative covid19 test, or a vaccination certificate. There was also a test area available to visitors at the entrance to the party, at a cost of €5 per test.
As usual, the Festa do Avante! featured a diverse cultural program full of music, theater, sports, cinema, debates, exhibitions, book and record fairs, and much more, with spaces for the whole family and for all ages.
As tradition dictates, the highlight of the first day of the Festival was the opening of the 25th of April Stage, with a concert commemorating the centenary of the PCP by the Orquestra Sinfonietta de Lisboa with conductor Vasco Pearce de Azevedo. The repertoire included Jean Baptiste Clement, Hanns Eisler, Lopes Graça, António Vitorino d’Almeida and Beethoven.
At the Paz Stage acted RUA, Cabra Cega and Toy in the Auditorium 1º de Maio took the stage Aline Frazão and guests with a tribute to Waldemar Bastos and Manuel Cruz with Aldina Duarte, there was also fado in Fado space and Xavier Gomes performance in the City of Youth.