Roko Maršas

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The last concert of Roko Maršas in 1997

Roko maršas (March of the Rock Music) was a rock music festival, organized in various cities of Lithuania. It was held in 1987, 1988, and 1989. It was resurrected in 1996 and 1997. The first festivals were organized while Lithuania was still part of the Soviet Union. They became part of the Singing Revolution, spreading ideas of the Lithuanian independence movement among the youths. It helped to awaken the younger generation from Soviet-era apathy and inspire them.[1] In total, the three first festivals attracted an estimated 130,000 spectators.[2]

Festivals[edit]

Year Performers Locations Notes
1987 Started July 6. Vilnius, Kaunas, Tauragė, Kėdainiai, Šiauliai, Klaipėda
1988

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Began the end of July. Held in: Biržai, Šiauliai, Mažeikiai, Tauragė, Kėdainiai, Klaipėda, Kaunas and Vilnius.
1989 July 28 – August 7 in 8 cities across Lithuania.

The first Foje album, Geltoni krantai (Yellow shores), was distributed during this festival. Released the disc Roko maršas per Lietuvą '89 (Rock march through Lithuania'89)

1996 Ideology - civic participation, involvement in the social problems of the promotion, the slogan - "Mums ne vis vien" (It's not all the same for us).
1997
  • Spitfire
  • Blues makers
  • Gin'Gas
  • Ruination
  • Dr. Green
  • (others)
The final concert in Vingis Park, Vilnius. Other concerts included performances in Ukmergė (Culture House) and Pravieniškės prison (Spitfire and Dr. Green). The final edition of the festival. It could be said that this festival epitomized the end of rock music dominance in Lithuania, as pop/electronic music began to take ground in mid–1990s and onwards.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Savukynas, Virgilijus (2007). "Lithuanian and Europe: Possibilities for Reconstructing Identity". In Savicka, Aida. Lithuanian Identity and Values. CRVP. p. 41. ISBN 9781565182363. 
  2. ^ Kuklytė, Birutė (2008). "Roko maršai per Lietuvą 1987–1989 m. Žvilgsnis į Dainuojančią revoliuciją". Genocidas ir rezistencija (in Lithuanian). 23. ISSN 1392-3463.