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The Exit is an award-winning summer music festival which is held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia. It was officially proclaimed as the ‘Best Major European Festival at the EU Festival Awards, which were held in Groningen in January 2014, while its sea edition Sea Dance festival won the “Best Mid-Sized European festival” Award in 2015. The EU Festival Award is considered as one of the most prestigious festival awards in the world.

The festival was founded in 2000 in the University Park as a student movement, fighting for democracy and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans. After the Yugoslavian general election in 2000, Exit moved to the Petrovaradin fortress in 2001. Nonetheless, social responsibility is still the key aspect of the festival activities.

Exit has won the ‘Best Overseas Festival’ award at the UK Festival Awards in 2007, Best Major Festival Award in 2013 and was ranked one of the 10 best major festivals at European Festivals Awards 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and one of the 10 Best Overseas Festival at UK Festival Awards 2013.

Exit has gained international media attention over the years. The International edition of CNN, CNN World Fiesta, featured an article on music festivals in the beginning of June 2011, which included Exit on the list of nine best festivals in the world. The Guardian declared Exit as the best festival in the world in 2006 and the best tourist destination in 2008. The Sun, the British daily newspaper, included Exit on the list of eight best festival destinations in 2012. In Euronews’ May 2013 article on the world’s leading festival destinations, Exit was included in the ten best European festivals in 2013.

 

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