The World Festival of Youth and Students is an international event, organized by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY), a left-wing youth organization, jointly with the International Union of Students since 1947.
The largest festival was the 6th, held in 1957 in Moscow, when 34,000 young people from 131 countries attended the event. This festival also marked the international debut of the song "Moscow Nights", which subsequently went on to become perhaps the most widely recognized Russian song in the world. In terms of the number of the attending countries, the largest festival was the 13th, held in 1989 in Pyongyang, North Korea, when 177 countries attended the event.
During the Cold War many festivals were held in capitals of Communist states because of the enormous expenditure and coordination required to support a youth festival. As a result, by the 1960s the festivals were accused of being a tool of Communist propaganda.
The 11th World Festival took place in Havana, Cuba, in 1978. The motto was - as for the preceding Festival in East-Berlin five years ago - "For Anti-Imperialist Solidarity, Peace and Friendship". The GDR participiated with a delegation of 200 FDJ members.
The Amiga label released this album with popular GDR "Schlager" artists as well as Singebewegung members to support the festival.
1. Jahrgang ´49 - RDA grüßt Cuba socialista
2. Expreß - Nach Havanna
3. Monika Hauff & Klaus-Dieter Henkler - Karneval auf Kuba
4. Andreas Holm - Varadero
5. Cantus-Chor - Singen und Tanzen
6. Karat - Eh, dieser Sommer
7. Peter Albert - Singen wir
8. Oktoberklub - Haben wir diese Erde
9. Neue Generation - Wenn die Sterne tanzen
10. Dean Reed - Wir sagen nein
11. Bayon - El Camino
12. Prinzip - Wir werden immer mehr
13. Jahrgang ´49 - Havanna ´78
VA - Festival en la Habana (1974, Amiga)
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