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The 44th edition of Avante took place between the 4th, 5th and 6th of September at Quinta da Atalaia, Seixal, and the second day was filled with concerts by well-known names
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.
The second day of the Festival started early around 10 am with a demonstration of martial arts in the sports space, also, highlight for the final half of the senior futsal competition and the Zumba class.
The concerts in the Auditorium started at 2 pm with Pta Slowmo, followed by Galo Gordo, Ana Lains, Ensemble of Manuel Jorge Veloso, El Sur with LBC Soldjah, and Rosa Mimosa y Sus Mariposas. Also in the Audiotio, highlights to the icon Lena d’Água‘s concert and Dead Combo. The Paz stage opened at 3pm with Mad Kepler, followed by Projecto Bug, Fast Eddie Nelson, and Jhon Douglas & JungleBoys.
The main stage, 25 de Abril, opened at 2 pm with the group Zebra Libra followed by Model Mother Tongue, Scúru Fitchádu with guests Pretú Chullage and Cachupa Psicadélica, Marta Ren and Mão Morta. Highlight for the Capicua concert, who invited Lena d’Água, Dino d’Santiago and Blasted.
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