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“The Revolution in Art and Art in the Revolution” is the motto of the 45th Festa do Avante! where the centenary of the Portuguese Communist Party is marked
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 continues to suffer from prevention measures against COVID19, but it managed to increase by 23,000 tickets compared to the 2020 edition, now having a maximum capacity of 40,000 visitors at the venue.
Yesterday, Friday, the first day of the Communist Party started at 4 pm with the opening of the doors, which only entered visitors with the EP and a negative covid19 test, or vaccination certificate. Visitors who did not take the test will be able to do so at the entrance to the festival in the test area, at a cost of €5 per test.
As usual, the Festa do Avante! has a diverse cultural program with lots of music, theater, sports, cinema, debates, 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 Palco 25 de Abril, with a concert commemorating the centenary of the PCP by the Palco 25 de Abril with conductor Vasco Pearce de Azevedo. The repertoire included Jean Baptiste Clement, Hanns Eisler, Lopes Graça, António Vitorino d’Almeida and Beethoven.
The group RUA, Cabra Cega and Toy also stood out, on Palco da Paz, and on the Auditório 1º de Maio, where Aline Frazão and guests took to the stage with a tribute to Waldemar Bastos, and also Manel Cruz with Aldina Duarte.
The Festa do Avante! continues until tomorrow and promises a huge cultural program with the performances of Paulo Flores, Prodígio, PRÉTU, Dino d’Santiago, Paulo de Carvalho, HMB, Lena d’Água, Bateu Matou, A Garota Não, Bubba Power Blues & Maria João, Linda Martini, Tim, Teresa Salgueiro, Teresinha Landeiro, among others.