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The KKE honoured the communist poet Nazim Hikmet
The GS of the CC of the KKE , Dimitris Koutsoumpas, underlined that “The flame of Hikmet which set hearts on fire can not be extinguished, as long as there are people, militants, who will struggle to improve life and make it more beautiful” in his address to the 4th Scientific Conference organized by the CC of the KKE on 13-14 June 2015 and dedicated to Nazim Hikmet.
In the last two months, the KKE has carried out a series of political and cultural activities with the aim of honouring and promoting the great Turkish communist poet Nazim Hikmet and his very important work. In this framework there were film screenings, concerts with Nazim’s poetry put to music both in Greek and Turkish. The activity ended with the scientific conference on N. Hikmet’s work, which was held in the headquarters of the CC of the KKE.
Speaking at the conference, Dimitris Koutsoumpas, GS of the CC of the KKE, noted that the Scientific Conferences of the CC of the KKE have now become a very important institution, a very important event. They began in 2010 with the first Conference dedicated to the Greek communist poet Giannis Ritsos, the second to the Greek communist poet Kostas Varanalis, while the third dealt with the German communist writer Bertolt Brecht and this year the fourth one on Nazim Hikmet,
D. Koutsoumpas, on behalf of the Central Committee of the KKE, warmly thanked the comrades from the Communist Party (Turkey) for their valuable assistance in organizing this Conference, both in terms of providing material about Hikmet’s work, and also in terms of the important cultural activities carried out in the recent period, such as film screenings, concerts with the participation of the “Nazim Himet” Cultural Centre of Istanbul, the theatrical performance at the beginning of the Conferences, as well as their participation during the conferences through their contributions and speeches.
The GS of the CC said amongst other things: “Nazim Hikmet: a great poet for his country, for humanity. A consistent militant, one of those unbowed by the class struggle. A real internationalist and for this a true patriot. A communist until the end of his life, for this reason a friend of peace and an enemy of the war mongers, nationalism, racism, fascism. Nazim deeply believed that the only way humanity could be saved was through socialism. He utilized all his art, all his creativity to pave the way for the future battles of humanity. But he was certain and clear about another thing as well. Above all the existence of the party, the communist party, was a necessary precondition for the destruction of capitalism, the disappearance of imperialist barbarity, the end of the lords, bosses and plutocrats.
At the end, he mentioned the KKE’s constant concern “for vanguard art to become the property and weapon of the vanguard class, for the constant interaction between art and the labour-people’s movement.”
The GS of the CC of the KKE ended his speech by referring to the fact that this year’s events of the 41st festival of KNE-Odigitis have a slogan inspired by Nazim Himet’s verses: “We have a centuries-old impetus… We will emerge victorious even if our sacrifices are great.”
Aydemir Guler and Asaf Guven Aksel, members of the CC of the Communist Party (Turkey), participated in the Conference on behalf of their party.
See here the concert with Turkish musicians
See here the theatrical performance