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Fete de l'Humanite
The biggest communist festival in France takes place from 11 to 13 September, bringing together political debates and some of the biggest acts in rock and roll.

La fête de l'Humanité

A political debate taking place(Credit: Daniel Finnan)

A weekend of politics and rock'n'roll

La fête de l’Humanité this weekend brought together a huge collection of communist, socialist and left-wing organisations to the working class suburb of Le Bourget, north of Paris. Although politics was high on the agenda, a programme of music, art and theatre entertained the crowds at one of France’s biggest cultural festivals.

2009-09-13 15:46 TU

Fete de l’Humanité

Communist paper's festival mixes culture with politics

La Fete de l’Humanité, organised by the French Communist Party's newspaper, has grown into one of France’s biggest music and cultural festivals, attracting a not-always-political crowd for a weekend of plays, films, debates and, of course, concerts.

2009-09-09 10:22 TU

La fête de l'Humanité

L'Humanité 18 March 1907, with illustration by Steilen.(Source: L'Humanité)

The history of a paper, a festival and a party

The first-ever Fête de l'Humanité was in 1930 and, since then, it has become an event attended by thousands. The festival owes its success to the role of the Communist Party in French 20th century history and the name-recognition of its paper, founded by legendary socialist leader Jean Jaurès.

2008-09-16 11:45 TU

Last year's festival

La fête de l'Humanité

Marie-George Buffet(Photo: AFP)

The politics

There may be music, advertising and fun for the kids, but ultimately the Fête de l'Humanité is still a political event. Communist Party members and visiting left-wingers want debate on the issues of the day and the party leaders want to find allies to help revive their flagging fortunes.

2008-09-15 10:35 TU

La fête de l'Humanité

L'Humanité

Politics, rock and food on the outskirts of Paris

Half a million people are expected to turn up to the annual festival organised by the Communist Party paper l'Humanité on 12-14 September. It's a rare success in the performance of a party which was once France's largest and now collects record low votes in elections.

2008-11-07 11:52 TU