the Festival of Neo-Folklore and
Dark Pagan Arts
August 25-27, 2000 - Sudeikiai,
This is a brief information on basic
festival things. If you'd like to know more or participate in this unique
event, please ask us questions. If you'd like to come over, we'll take
care of your staying and finding necessary things here. If you or your
band are involved in any artistic activities, that would fit festival concept
and have possibilities to come on your own (sorry we have no possibility
for financial support as we organize all thing on our own...) and take
part in "Menuo Juodaragis", we'll be glad to see you here! Please contact
us by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone +370 88 19655 (Ugnius) as soon as possible.
this year "Menuo Juodaragis" festival
is the fourth one already. The first dark Pagan meeting under such name
happened in 1995 in Verbiskes village, near Moletai town. The concept of
the festival deals with neo-folklore and Pagan dark music mainly. This
year 8 musical directions are presented: Ethno folk, Neo-folk, Pagan/Black
metal, Industrial, Electronic Dance, Experimental/Avantgarde, Ambient,
Tribal/Ritual; "Menuo Juodaragis" represents the new outlook at the ancient
Pagan culture and folklore. We try to gather all the best Lithuanian artists,
that create original Arts, somehow - directly or indirectly - connected
with the Old Tradition, Magic and Mythology. The main themes deal with
esoteric doctrines, discovering our inner nature and history and the Wisdom
of our Pagan forefathers (Lithuania was the very last Pagan country in
Europe, christianised only in XV century). At the each festival we try
to invite artitsts from neighbouring countries as well. But in the most
cases the lack of financial resources ruins such plans... So, we are grateful
to the bands that come on their own because of the support of the idea.
"Menuo Juodaragis" is also a manifest - against the modern world, conformist
and consumer society, against stupidity of the religion. We fight for our
right to perceive the world in our own way. And to discover the secrets
we use many different ways - the very archaic as well as the very modern
ones. It's postmodern medium, where our strenght is in diversity, not uniformity.
And finally - this festival is a nice opportunity to spend 3 crazy days
and nights with thinking alike people, friends, in a beautiful place...
Sudeikiai is very small town with
a beautiful Nature sites arround. The festival place there at an amazing
lake Alausas. Many mounds and places of ancient Pagan cult are situated
nearby. Sudeikiai is situated 10 km to the North-East from the Utena -
regional centre, famous for outstanding nature sites, beer and Pagan bands.
Utena is about 90 km to North from Lithuanian capital Vilnius. check
images and maps
The registration and ticket selling
begins on August 25, Friday afternoon. The first festival activities start
later the same night, the main concert begins at midnight. The festival
is almost non-stop till the Sunday morning. There will be concerts of bands,
as well as acoustic ritual folk groups performing outdoors. Also - interesting
lectures (mainly in Lithuanian), video films and documentaries (some in
English), exhibitions, musician sessions, fires, dancing, etc... The bands
confimed so far: ZPOAN VTENZ, SOVIJUS, SALA, GIRNU GIESMES, KULGRINDA,
UGNELAKIS, PEORTH, NAHASH, DONIS, NOTANGA and other less known bands,
DJs, etc. The list is growing...
[Tickets and Accomodation]
Payment for all 3 festival days is
10 Lt ($2.5).
Accomodation is cheap as well - to
stay at locals' houses and farmsteads
costs about $3 per day. The car parking
and camping is free.
Concerning any questions, please contact
or by phone +370 2 19655. Til we meet at "Menuo Juodaragis" !
Start your heathen fires again!