Welcome to Woodstock, Lika-style.
If you go from Split to Zagreb via the old Lika road, about five kilometers after Gračac, on your right you will see a large wooden windmill which is actually an art installation. There you should make a turn and drive for another few minutes. Soon you will find yourself in front of the largest nomadic gathering in this part of Europe. In that beautiful part of Croatia, the fifth edition of the Lost Theory Festival of electronic psychedelic music started on Wednesday. Not coincidentally, the media has named it the Lika Woodstock, reports Slobodna Dalmacija on August 14, 2015.
Young visitors come from more than 50 countries from all over the world. They are spiritual heirs of the hippie movement and new age philosophies. They are advocates of ecology, nonviolence, vegan and vegetarian lifestyles, peace, love, meditation, harmonious and healthy life. When you find in one place such a crowd of cheering and cheerful faces, positive energy can overtake you. With the background music of relaxing trance, drum and bass, deep house, dubstep and techno, you wish you could remain there forever.
This year, there are four stages over an area of seven hectares, with more than 100 DJs, as well as accompanying programs and workshops in yoga, transformational culture, lectures and discussions on the contemplative psychotherapy… Educational programs include film screenings and the Tripoteca, a psychedelic film festival.
On Wednesday and Thursday, in the festival camp there were about 5,500 people, said festival spokesperson Iva Sokač, while this weekend more than 7,000 visitors are expected. Despite the location “in the middle of nowhere”, there is wireless Internet connection and more than 250 chemical toilets, while showering is permitted only with ecological soap. At the entrance, all visitors receive special ecological packages for garbage collection.
Lost Theory Festival is organized by nongovernmental organizations “Izum” from Zadar and “Futuremedia” from Belgium. It lasts until Monday, and the weekend ticket packages range from 50 to 100 euros.