After two months of effort, the composer Mikis Theodorakis was allowed back onto the Greek stage on Wednesday (9 October) for the first time in seven-and-a-half years.
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Background: After two months of effort, the composer Mikis Theodorakis was allowed back onto the Greek stage on Wednesday (9 October) for the first time in seven-and-a-half years.
At the Karaiskakis football stadium at New Paleron, near Piraeus, he received a tumultuous welcome from a capacity audience that had been waiting for hours to see him. The occasion was a benefit concert for Cypriot refugees.
The rehabilitation of Mikis Theodorakis has been slow, although it was only three weeks after the fall of the military junta that his music began to be heard again on Greek radio.
He returned from exile to a hero's welcome on 24 July, but encountered difficulties in finding a venue for a concert to celebrate the end of the military regime.
Such problems reflect the two aspects of Mikis Theodorakis. That of an immensely popular composer and also a Communist who, before the 1967 coup in Greece, headed the largest and most active youth movement in the country -- the 150,000-strong Lambrakidis.
Recently he has been named as one of the 10 members of the executive committee of the EA (United Left) -- the grouping in which the Communists are joining to take part in the forthcoming General Election in Greece.