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İzmir’s Foça district’s fest Rock A’s focus is environment. Fans held banners. DHA photo

İzmir’s Foça district’s fest Rock A’s focus is environment. Fans held banners. DHA photo

Music fans rocked out at a festival with a cause over the weekend, as 25 bands and thousands of revelers descended on İzmir’s Foça district for the Rock A Festival, whose focus was the environment in addition to music.

Fans held banners that read “We do not want to have a coal power plant” and “Nuclear power is a massacre, the Black Sea is rebelling” in reference to the planned construction of a nuclear power plant in the northern province of Sinop, while the festival was organized around the themes of “The system feeds on you, unplug” and “My energy is sufficient for me.”

Socially conscious music fans, many of whom displayed colorful hairstyles and clothes, also displayed banners to protest violence against women, while others made a stand for animal rights by serving falafel.

Local business owners, meanwhile, expressed their gladness at receiving an additional source of income during the course of the festival.

Sky Crawlers, Necropolis, Ambulans, Bang, Deli Gömleği, the Yavuzcan Çetin & Durmayan Orkestra and the Salia Balia Band took the stage on the first day of the festival. The second day, which drew 5,000 visitors, featured Ters Açı, Aysu & 4. Dünya, the Takatuka Band, Adrenalin, Entu, Mavi Sakal and the Nayah Sound System, with Entu and Mavi Sakal attracting the most attention.

The festival also featured a number of workshops and activities for participants.

The event, which was directed by a team of 50 volunteers, was also notable for the heavy security presence of gendarmerie and special service operatives.

The festival, which is now six years old, was organized between Aug. 3 and 5 at Foça’s Acar campground.

August/07/2012

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