Visiting a festival can be a unique and exciting way to discover a country. Let's start with Serbia and Belgrade, its capital city!
Serbia, the land of summer festivals
If you are keen on having a good time and trying out lots of different activities, then Serbia is the way to go. Whether you like the sound of a classical guitar, heavy metal, a good old trumpet, or enjoy theatre, carnival, contemporary dance… You will be sure to find something for every taste in Serbia. And if you decide to visit Belgrade, don't forget our Falkensteiner Hotel Belgrade! ;)
Belgrade summer festival BELEF
When: 19 June – 30 July 2017
BELEF combines stage (theatre and contemporary dance), visual arts (video art, installations, performances and prints) and music. It is a multimedia festival with open-air events held at various venues around the city throughout the summer months from July to August.
Where: Zajecar, eastern Serbia
When: 29 June – 1 July 2017
Held annually since 1966, Gitarijada is one of the longest running festivals in Serbia and in South Eastern Europe and the biggest festival for young and still unsigned bands. In addition to the competition for the best new band from the region of former Yugoslavia, the festival programme also includes performances by established artists. This year, you will get a chance to see: Riblja Čorba, Bajaga i Instruktori, The Cult, Generacija 5, and the music band Nazareth is set to bring down the house as the festival’s topline act.
Where: Novi Sad
When: 5 – 9 July 2017
Exit is an award-winning festival known all around the world.
The festival was launched in 2000 at University Park in Novi Sad as a student movement fighting for democracy and freedom in Serbia and the Balkans. In 2001, it relocated to Petrovaradin Fortress and has been held there ever since.
This year, we are expecting a number of famous artists, including The Killers, Jason Derulo, Nina Kraviz, Duke Dumont, Robin Schulz, Róisín Murphy, Rag'n'Bone Man and many more.
Where: Vrnjačka Banja
When: 3 – 6 August 2017
Lovefest is a unique cultural festival held in Vrnjačka Banja, Serbia, that aims to promote music, art and urban youth culture. The platform was launched in 2007 as a love bridge party and only a year later made its debut as one of the hottest music events in central Serbia. In 2012, Lovefest was officially recognised by the Ministry of Youth and Sports as the country’s biggest youth festival and shortlisted as one of the best overseas festivals by UK Festival Awards only a year after.
This year's programme will definitely be remembered for the performances of Maceo Plex, Loco Dice, Luciano, Carl Craig, alternative music artists like KBO!, reggae music artists like Del Arno Band but also Hornsman Coyote, Lira Vega, Ničim izazvan and many more.
Nišville – Niš
When: 10 – 13 August 2017
Nišville is an annual summer music festival held in the old fortress of Niš. From the festival’s very first year, its aspiration was to present ‘traditional’ jazz forms fused with ethnic traditions from different parts of the world, especially from the Balkans. This year, the festival’s most famous artist will be Tom Harell with his band Tom Harrell TRIP featuring Santi de la Rubia on the saxophone, Ugonna Okegwo on the bass and Adam Cruz on the drums.
When: 9 – 13 August 2017
Guča Trumpet Festival is an annual brass band festival held in the town of Guča, near Čačak City. Every August, half a million visitors make their way to this small town of 2,000 souls. The sound of the trumpet follows Serbians on all occasions. In August, Guča becomes a place supercharged with adrenaline that simply makes you want to jump and dance. Boban Marković and Dejan Petrović are definitely the most famous names to bring glory to the Serbian trumpet across the globe.
A mixture of great food, music and all-out fun have made Guča a famous brand worldwide.
Belgrade Beer Fest
When: 16 – 20 August 2017
Belgrade Beer Fest is one of the biggest beer festivals in Southeastern Europe and features a rich variety of local and global beer brands. It is held annually at Ušće, the confluence of the Sava and Danube Rivers, and regularly draws half a million visitors. The festival is dedicated to beer, but also includes lots of good music from a variety of artists.
The Belgrade International Theatre Festival (BITEF)
When: end of September
Founded in 1967, BITEF is a theatre festival that has continually followed and supported the latest theatre trends. In its endeavour to promote new theatre trends and ultimate theatre values, it has become one of Serbia’s most important culture festivals.
In addition to festivals, Serbia also offers landscapes that leave you breathless, historical sights, delicious food, a wonderful atmosphere and great hospitality. All of this combined will make you want to come back soon.
Serbian people will simply give their best to provide you with an experience worth remembering.