The Mėnuo Juodaragis (Black-Horned Moon or MJR for short) is a unique, independent festival of contemporary Baltic culture and alternative music, representing the heritage of pagan tradition, post-folk currents and the vanguard of postmodern music. Walking unbeaten paths and exploring inspiring ideas is the key to the joy of the festival which began in 1995 as a spontaneous gathering in the village of Verbiškės (Lithuania).
© Mėnuo Juodaragis
Today it has become a major Lithuanian event of the alternative scene attracting an increasing number of visitors and artists each year. Traditionally Mėnuo Juodaragis takes place three days and nights with a wide range of events, including a variety of performances from both Baltic and foreign artists, shows of sound architects, lectures, films, exhibitions, traditional crafts, arts projects and dance parties. It represents and sees itself as a creative think-tank for Baltic world-view and aesthetics, by respecting the Baltic traditions as well as enjoying alternative new forms.
The festival takes place in picturesque locations of nature, which are changed every three years. In 2015 the contemporary Baltic culture festival will call all tribes to the island of Zarasas (Lithuania) from 28th to 30th August. The event will present a big number of bands from the Baltic Sea States and other countries, staging plenty of old and new music styles, from ethno over folk and tribal to ambient rock and avant-garde. Furthermore the 18th festival edition will be characterized by eco-art projects, ancient crafts, rituals, workshops, hiking and a lot more. This year’s theme of MJR will be bees. The reasoning behind this is the sacredness of bees to the Baltic culture which has been known from the ancient writings of Wulfstan and Erasmus Stella, the mythology of Austėja, the patron of household, and Bubilas – the god of hedonism. The busy insects have always been important for the Baltic Nature, as hard workers and gatherers of sweetness but also as warriors. Therefore there will be amongst other things also hives built, wax molded and mead provided at the festival.
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"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)