Vision of the Seventh
the glow of the dying summer, in the mysterious rustle
of the forest, in the perfection of wildness breathing,
in the symphonies of the flowing currents... be hailed
on your arrival to the seventh Mėnuo Juodaragis Festival.
Those, who appreciate and await the creative ritual
of the new Baltic world-view, enjoy and be intrigued.
The decor of the mythological ornaments whispers that
all we have been looking for has already taken place.
Nevertheless, the rhythm of the divine smiths never
ceases to beat. The Festival promises three days of
pulsating Mystery where the game turns into a ritual
and the ritual becomes a game. Down into the abyss.
We move in circles...
MJR is an independent and multifaceted
event, the parts of which are linked by the concept
of neofolk darkwave. It is the festivity of unique
arts, frequencies and aesthetic creation, the seminar
of sincere seekers unspoilt by commercial vanity,
and the abyss of eternal ritualism in the last pagan
European land. It encompasses different generations,
various ideas and styles but is united by a single
feeling and a single rhythm of the Earth.
The flow is generated by a number of
old and modern sound styles: ethno, neo-folk, gothic,
ambient, noise, industrial, ebm, tribal, avant-garde,
etc. Though rather different, they share something
in the dark-folk-wave style, each one individually
bewitches and confirms the multifaceted origin of
the MJR, which constitutes the essence of the powerful
ritual. The meaninglessness of the monotheistic ideology
and matrix fall out of the scope of this saga... as
the Baltic grass-snake does not swallow its tail.
We seek as we feel. Somewhere here in
the flow, in the trees, under the turf, in the dance
of the flames. In our genetic succession. There is
an archetypal key of the Universe whose power was
so well known to the old European nations. The glistening
weapon of this expedition shall be folklore with its
grandchildren. Here, it will not serve as the porch
illustration or entertaining stomping with beer. It
is the Action Principle preserved for ages, it is
the alliance of the Past and the Future in Time. The
beauty of the enchanted instinct in elitist dispersion.
Cold lips of the History can hardly tell
us anything new. Scientific terms will scarcely reveal
the beauty of the fluttering Mystery. It is unlikely
we will find the light of our Ancestors in the insidious
labyrinths of chronicles. But we do believe that we
can revive the essential fragments of the Great Legend
in other ways, much more forcefully, with our Blood
and Heart. A great many remarkable values and Tradition
keys have sunk into the quagmires of the museum-bred
fetishism for ever. The sagas died in oblivion crucified
next to mausoleum-type utensils. The truth of our
ritual is to revitalise the magical model of Universality
here and now by employing new measures, new post-modern
aesthetics. We believe it is not merely Fear of losing
the identity and becoming a disposable Nothing, or
a rudimentary tribute to Nostalgia. This is a cosmic
move with a bright and ubiquitous projection into
Future. The Awakening becomes Life like six times
This year, MJR will occupy a new location,
that is, the woods of the legendary Kernavė. Certainly,
the freedom of the new site, the abyss and historical-magical
heritage hold their charms. This switch of places
is not accidental. It is a new cycle following the
millennia-old footsteps of the Kriviai (Lithuanian
pagan priests). With this change, the Festival approaches
Nature and its own essence even closer. We assume
that the energy of Kernavė will fill the event with
the growing feel of freedom, depth and goodwill. Do
not forget that the spirit of the MJR is created not
only by the bands, groups, artists and lecturers but
also by the whole audience! Let the immediacy and
tolerance be the brightest features of the MJR Festival.
It again gladdens us that the Festival
has attracted an impressive number of famous participants
from both abroad and Lithuania. The advantages of
the new location make the expanded programme sublimely
convenient for the audience. Aside from the traditional
concerts (two stages for live performances + one for
DJs), lectures, exhibitions and films, the audience
will enjoy special projects such as medieval combats
(Kovarniai), continuation of archaic dances and tribal
drums projects (bring your drums and other instruments!),
Fairy-tale Cabin, specific night-parties and the grand
opening. Anyone can join in with his or her ideas!
Complementary threads of this year are
ancient fairy-tales and "Forest Brothers"
(Lithuanian guerrillas). A great number of especially
significant aspects, which we no longer tend to notice,
are encoded in our fairy-tales. However, in fact fairy-tales
today are much more important and real than it may
seem to us. It makes all the difference to which model
of reality your consciousness adheres. Therefore,
MRJ 2003 challenges the matrix reality to the duel!
:) The best experts of folklore will give lectures
on the fairy-tales, a few artists will use the fragments
from fairy-tales in their programmes, there will be
installed Fairy-tale Cabin where the audience will
be given chance to tell tales, transform and create
them, with the deep music playing in the background.
Forest Brothers is a far more historical
and controversial theme. Who were these people who
left for perdition, assumed pagan names and exchanged
all their lives into a few years of freedom and fight
in the woods? What Fire burnt in their hearts? Their
memory has recently become often debased, therefore,
we propose to review the grandeur of the manifestation
of this nearly last Baltic patriotism in another,
new light without any piousness.
Of course, besides the serious activities
there will be space enough for pleasant entertainment
during the Festival. Stars, woods, river, grass, bonfires,
wind, beer, mists, and singing birds will constitute
unique environment for escaping the routine, having
rest, reflecting, playing and socialising. The weather
will be fine because the MJR crown is brightly lit
again... and we are moving in a Circle.
Take care before our delightful meeting,