DAROM is a do-it-yourself open air jam in Lithuanian nature, where everybody is invited to participate, not just buy one more entertainment weekend. It’s an open space for your sounds, visuals, happenings, performances, creation, communication.
It’s quite natural because globaly and localy there is still quite big wave of diy culture. Internet is overloaded with info or specially dedicated website where you can get all answer of how to make something yourself. So the diy festival is not an exeption.
Despite heavy rains, the first festival held in the first weekend of August ’05 saw more than 1500 people and music acts from Holland, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and Lithuania. Also various movies and videos were shown, there were piercing studio, merchandise distro, fire-heated stones sauna, street-art exhibition, football tournament. Krishna people and volunteers provided vegetarian food.
This year DAROM ’06 invites all diy lovers for the second time and hopes this festival to be much more bigger than for the first time. It is gonna happen on the first weekend of August as well. There was a great mouth-to-mouth promotion after DAROM ’05. This year besides Valley and Barn stages and Stall cinema, there gonna be Chill’n’chai and Fruit bar tents with their own soundsystems and hopefully more attractions organized by visitors themselves.
The history of DAROM festival is really quite simple. In 2000 NEKAC crew from Latvian town Kuldiga launched their first do-it-yourself open air festival called Tabuns. In 5 years it became the must-to-go event for diy community of the Baltic states, also people from neighbouring regions: Lithuania, Estonia, Finland, Russia, Poland, Belarus.
Mouth-to-mouth message about wonderful atmosphere of Tabuns made a snow-ball effect – the last Tabuns was attended by more than 5 thousands people. NEKAC crew simply couldn’t take care of it anymore, so they decided to quit.
And here came GreenClub collective from Vilnius/Lithuania and decided to continue on this good idea. They were encouraged by their Latvian colleagues to start something similar in Lithuania. Friends of organizers suggested a lonely farm near town of Sirvintos, 50 km up north from capital Vilnius. There used to be small rock festivals for few years. Farm owners met an idea about the festival with enthusiasm, so the buildings started. During the whole summer volunteers built stage, toilets, bridge over river, cleaned the neglected buildings for bar, djs and cinema. The title DAROM (Let’s Do It – in Lithuanian) and date (the first weekend of August) were chosen.
DAROM crew would like all the audience become more or less participants by making various things or just helping the others. Come to DAROM ’06 if you’re somewhere around! Let’s do it!
Date: 3rd – 6th August, 2006
Place: Anywhere in Sirvintos