Song festivals are held frequently all over the world but each summer in the USSR a special youth festival is held to find the year's best 'political' song.
SV: Contest venue, Sochi USSR pull back to show flags and passers by
CU: Girl singing pull back to GV: (TWO SHOTS)
CU: Rapt spectators (TWO SHOTS)
SV: Lopez Enrike, Argentina, Singing
SV: Lopez acknowledging applause and leaving stage
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Background: Song festivals are held frequently all over the world but each summer in the USSR a special youth festival is held to find the year's best 'political' song.
SYNOPSIS: Here in the Black Sea resort of Sochi the visitors of August aren't only holiday makers - an event which generates immense national pride is about to take pride is about to take place. The flags are flying for the International Youth Festival of political songs.
Young people from all round the globe are in town to sing songs expressing their social dreams and ideals, They are backed by the Sympho-Jazz Orchestra of Gosteleradio, under the baton of Yury Silantiev.
This year's festival is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the Russian revolution in 1917. The common themes of the were peace, friendship and happiness - and 29 singers from 20 countries took part....a big increase on the first festival three years ago when there were only nine countries, all from Socialist countries. The winning song of 1977 was "Dark Night" sung by Lopez Enrike of Argentina.
Second Prize went to the USSR's Alla Pugacheva with "Carnation" and the third award to Scandinavian Anna-Riita Minkkinen for a song called "Does Russian want a War?"