If you like music, meeting new people and adventures, Exit festival is the perfect place for you.
Exit was founded in 2000 by students as an anti-government protest in Novi Sad, and the first one was held in the University park. Next year it was moved to Petrovaradin fortress. It now hosts between 150.000 and 200.000 guests each year, on more than 20 stages.
The first thing you notice, when you approach the entrance, are the long rows, but that shouldn’t depress you, because everyone there is in their best mood. It is a good place to meet a lot of new people and have a laugh. When you get in, you should agree on a meeting place with your friends, because you will surely lose each other. Or, you can bring something that will make you stand out from the crowd, for example, a stick with a foam hand on the top, or you can put a watermelon with eyeholes on your head, or anything else that comes to your mind. You can also all dress the same way, like Baywatch characters, for example. Swimsuit is preferred wardrobe for this festival, because during the day, there is a party on the Strand, a beach on the Danube river, and most of the people just continue dressed the same way for the whole night.
Besides the main stage, there are a lot of other stages with different kinds of music, but there are also some offering other kinds of entertainment. There is a cinema stage, where you can see a movie, while resting on a comfortable bean bags, the food stage, where you can get all kinds of foods. Reggae stage offers gummi candy in different shapes and tastes. In the silent disco, you get headphones and you can choose which DJ you want to listen to. This can be a little awkward if you stop and look around, because everybody is dancing in their own rhythm.
If you are staying in a camp, inside the fortress, don’t expect to get any sleep, and really, who would want to sleep in such a place? Since the festival is held outside, everybody hopes that the weather will be good. But even if it isn’t, there are still things you can do, like Slip ‘N Slide through the mud. If you ruin your clothes doing this, you can always wait until the morning and then gather all sorts of clothes or footwear people lost/forgot during the night.
Last year, the Sea Dance festival was added to Exit Adventure. If four days in Novi Sad are not enough for you, you can continue your journey and travel to Budva, Montenegro. Sea Dance is held at Jaz beach and it lasts for four days.
Finally, the Exit Adventure allows you to completely let your hair down and do the things you always wanted, but have always felt were too embarrassing. And if you decide to do this, prepare your friends and family, because you will smother them with pictures and stories while you wait for the next year’s adventure.