EXIT festival began in 2000 as a student protest against the government. Since then, EXIT has been visited by over two million people from all around the world. CNN, The New York Times, and many others have proclaimed EXIT as the top ten world festival destinations.
EXIT is an award-winning, summer, music festival which is held at the Petrovaradin Fortress in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia. Officially it is the “Best Major European festival” at the EU Festival Awards. 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. In 2001 EXIT moved to the Petrovaradin fortress. Nonetheless, social responsibility is still key aspect of the festival activities.
Also, EXIT fest has won the “Best Overseas Festival” award at the UK Festival Awards in 2007, “Best Major Festival Award” in 2013 and 2017, 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.
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. BBC included EXIT on the list of seven world’s greatest festivals in 2018…
Festival itself has received several awards such as the Golden Superbrand at Superbrands Serbia 2006, Best SEE Event at SEE.ME Awards in 2007, 2008 and 2010. UK Festival Awards 2007, together with Yourope, the Association of the 40 largest festivals in Europe, awarded EXIT the “Best European Festival” award. In March 2018 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Regional Cooperation Council awarded EXIT Festival as Champion of Regional Cooperation for 2017.
EXIT team organizes five events on five different locations in four countries in South-East Europe: Sea Star Festival (Umag, Croatia) in May, Revolution Festival (Timișoara, Romania) in June, EXIT Festival (Novi Sad, Serbia) in July, Sea Dance Festival (Budva, Montenegro) in August and No Sleep Festival (Belgrade, Serbia) in November.