Cultural Festival: 100 Years of the October Revolution
Sunday, July 2, 2017 – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
39 Eldridge St., 4th Floor, Chinatown, Manhattan
$5 entrance fee
Join us on Sunday, July 2nd for a cultural festival to mark the centennial commemoration of the October Revolution! There will be art, readings, multi-media, performances, and many more expressive works that will carry the Commemoration’s theme: “Advance the Global People’s Resistance! Carry Forward the Vision and Tasks of the Great October Socialist Revolution!”
The year 2017 marks the centennial of the revolution under the leadership of the Russian Communist Party (Bolsheviks) on October 25, 1917 (in the old-style or Julian calendar), in which the masses of workers, peasants and soldiers seized political power from the Russian big bourgeoisie after the Tsarist autocracy was overthrown earlier in February 1917. Amidst the destruction of World War I, the toiling masses proceeded to build and defend the socialist order in Russia and nearby nations in what is now known as the Great October Socialist Revolution (GOSR) — although the shift to the new-style or Gregorian calendar reset the date to November 7. Despite the restoration of capitalism after a long period of revisionism in the Soviet Union, the GOSR continues to inspire generations of the working class to fight for socialism and unite with the peasantry in the struggle for democracy and against all forms of oppression in many parts of the world.
The current international situation, as 2017 opens and unfolds, is a constant reminder that the basic contradictions in the world today remain as those that confronted the proletarian revolutionaries a century ago. The global capitalist system faces worsening crises and threats of new financial meltdowns. These crises have deep-going impacts on economies and social classes. The failure of the neoliberal project has spawned a relentless critique of capitalism from many directions. While there is no world war today as there was in 1917, the drums of war are getting stronger in many parts of the globe, regional and proxy wars are intensifying, and fascist movements and state terrorism are on the rise.
As a result, social discontent and mass struggles are intensifying across the world, and proletarian-led national liberation movements are persevering in several countries. While there is no ripening revolutionary upheaval in capitalist countries today as there was in Europe at the end of World War I, there is renewed and growing public interest in socialism and Marxism (and the Marxist-Leninist critique of capitalism and imperialism), and the toiling masses are looking for militant leadership in the face of weakened proletarian revolutionary parties.
The significance, lessons, legacy and continuing validity of the October Revolution are expected to become major topics of global discourse (in media, academe, political parties, and social movements) by the second half of 2017. This trend will be strengthened further by renewed public awareness of Lenin’s State and Revolution and Imperialism: the Highest State of Capitalism. These two works will mark their 100th anniversary of publication also in 2017, alongside Marx’s Das Kapital (vol. 1), which will mark its 150th anniversary.
These conditions offer all socialist and anti-imperialist forces an opportunity (and a daunting challenge as well) to quickly redouble efforts in raising public awareness of the GOSR’s continuing legacy and in raising the level of unity against monopoly capitalism and for socialism.