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EXIT
EXIT

EXIT FESTIVAL
10-14 July 2014
www.exitfest.org

EXIT is the biggest music festival in South Eastern Europe and has taken place since 2001. The unique side of EXIT, to which it owes much of its popularity, is the location - beautiful and magical Petrovaradin fortress, on the bank of the Danube River in Novi Sad. Among those who have left a life lasting imprint on visitors are: Roni Size, Moloko, Stereo MCs, Massive Attack, Franz Ferdinand, Lilly Allen, David Guetta and many more. Year after year the number of visitors is getting bigger; young people come from different parts of the world. Apart from quality music program that is offered, the festival is a place of wild fun, and you can enjoy the cool atmosphere of the fortress and the positive energy of the city. EXIT won the “Best Overseas Festival” award at the UK Festival Awards in 2007 and was crowned “Best Major Festival” at the 5th annual European Festival Awards 2013.

  • World`s top bends line-up of performers
  • Numerous stages with diverse music genres
  • Magical setting within the one of the largest fortresses in the world overlooking the Danube and entire city - Petrovaradin
  • Promenade on the bank of the Danube River - Sometimes referred to as ‘the Blue Highway‘, the Danube has always been very important to Novi Sad serving as the communication bridge between the cultures, bringing trade activities to the area, fishing, as well as tourists craving to experience something new and beautiful. Visit Strand – the most beautiful beach in Novi Sad, or Fisherman Island – a complex in a peaceful area where you can enjoy nature, peace but also nice restaurants.

  • Trg Slobode – Freedom Square - The Danube River bears so big importance for the city, that there is no wonder why it is a part of so many toponyms. The street of Dunavska is the pedestrian and shopping district, and one of the oldest and most beautiful streets in Novi Sad. You can visit the Museum of Vojvodina and the Historical Museum while strolling down the Street, which finishes with the Danube Park. The Liberty Square is the city’s main square, the place where you will feel the vividness of the town. The big statue of Svetozar Miletic, one of the most prominent Serbian politicians in the 19th century, dominates the square, as well as the Town Hall built in the Neo-Renaissance style. One of the most popular meeting points is the street of Laze Teleckog packed with restaurants, cafés and good vibe.

  • Multi-cultural spirit - What is so special about Novi Sad is its multiculturalism which is reflected through various spheres of social life, ethnic tolerance, architecture and multi-confessionalism. In just 100m you can see Serbian Orthodox Church, beautiful the Name of Mary Church, simply referred to as the “Cathedral”, decorated in Neogothic style which represents one of the most prominent city landmarks and the Synagogue built in 1909. This beautiful building is no longer used for religious ceremonies, but for many cultural concerts and events.

  • Town of Sremski Karlovci and nearby vineyards – Located at some 10 minutes from Novi Sad, it is the town-museum, with the predominant baroque style. Many historical buildings will overwhelm you with their beauty and significance. The first Serbian (and Slavic) Grammar School was founded in 1791 in Sremski Karlovci, while the Serbian Orthodox seminary was founded in 1794 – it represents the second oldest Orthodox seminary in the world. Strolling down the narrow, picturesque streets of the Town, you’ll come across the oldest Serbian bookstore and pharmacy. For wine lovers, Bermet – the authentic wine of the area is the must try.

  • Fruška Gora National Park with 16 monasteries – The mountain of Fruska Gora with its 17 Orthodox monasteries is usually called the Holy Mountain. At just a few kilometres from Novi Sad it represents a real jewel of Vojvodina and a National Park in Serbia. The monasteries are declared Monuments of Culture of Exceptional Importance. Some of them are as old as the 14th century. Fruska Gora is also famous for the vineyards and great wines, rare plant and wildlife, nature reserves, and mountain lakes.

  • Traditional village households – Farmsteads (salashi)–located in close vicinity of Novi Sad, they represent country estates from the 18th and 19th century. You can grasp the feeling of village life in Vojvodina, while enjoying excellent and hearty homemade meals, local music and horse ride. We recommend the farmsteads of Cenej (for example the ‘137 salash’), or the Begec farmsteads. Czarda - It has become the true brand of Vojvodina. These unique taverns offer superb food, warm atmosphere, and – in most cases accommodation. Usually located in the midst of an oasis of peace and quietness, by the river Danube, chardas are the perfect places to recharge your batteries and fully recuperate.

Tourist information center Novi Sad:
Address: Modene 1, 21 000 Novi Sad
Tel: +381 (0) 21 66 17 343
E-mail: tons@turizamns.rs
Web: www.novisad.travel



GUČA TRUMPET FESTIVAL
Guča Trumpet Festival

GUČA TRUMPET FESTIVAL
6-10 August 2014
www.saborguca.com

In 2013 the festival lasted for seven days with more than 400,000 visitors. Located in picturesque village of Guča, each year it welcomes the best trumpet players and brass bands in Serbia, becoming the world's “undisputed trumpet capital”. Musicians have sent the audience into delirium with their spectacular performance at the last festival. The music program is accompanied by all-around folk dance, exhibitions of folk handicrafts, traditional dishes, painters and poets. With its roots in folk tradition the festival is becoming even more popular in the 21st century. For more than half a century, as this event takes place, Guča the capital of the trumpet is visited by 16 million domestic and foreign tourists from more than 80 countries.

Join the party in Guča – do not miss to the opportunity for an unforgettable experience!!!

  • entrance free of charge
  • best Serbian and regional brass bands
  • exquisite natural surroundings
  • The Trumpet Museum - displays of the winning trumpets from the festivals dating back from the first golden trumpet some 50 years ago

  • Svadbarski kupus – Wedding Cabbage - traditional Serbian dish typically prepared in big crock – During the annual Cabbage festival in small village of Mrčajevci, where a wedding cabbage competition is held more than 100,000 visitors are gathering.

  • Opanak – Traditional Serbian leather shoe considered as a national symbol of Serbia

  • Serbian Holy Mountain – The Ovčar-Kablar Gorge – also known as the "Serbian Mount Athos", over 300 monasteries built in the gorge since the 14th century,

  • Banja Gornja Trepča – The Atomic Spa – unique oasis of peace and tranquillity, at an altitude of 1509 feet, surrounded by wooded hills and mountains.



Tourist organization of Lučani
Address: Trg slobode bb, 32230 Guča
Tel: +381 (0)32 855 886
E-mail: info@turizamdragacevo.org
Web: www.turizamdragacevo.org

Belgrade Beer Fest
Belgrade Beer Fest

BELGRADE BEER FEST
13-17 August 2014
www.belgradebeerfest.com

Since its foundation in 2003 the Belgrade Beer Fest has attracted more and more people every year to reach the number of 900,000 in 2013. Staged annually, with more than 40 bands and individual performers, it has become one of the biggest summer parties in Europe. Set in a beautiful park on the bank of the Danube where the Rolling Stones, Madonna and the Police have had their concerts, it is rated among the 20 world events that should be seen – according to British newspaper “The Independent”. But, it's not all and only about partying – in the last two years the festival featured a social campaign “I choose to recycle” aimed at raising awareness about the environmental issues.

Join the fun to find your favorite taste among 70 beer brands during these five days of August in Belgrade!

  • entrance free of charge
  • various competitions during festival
  • wide range of beer brands from all over the world
  • Belgrade Fortress Kalemegdan - the oldest part of Belgrade which dates back to the first century AD. Touch a stone, a brick – you’ll touch thousands of years of history, life stories, plots and mysteries. Hop on a tourist train to make the most of your sightseeing experience. Take a break at one of the restaurants or coffee shops for the refreshment, but above all – for the breath-taking view over the rivers, the confluence, and the statue of the Victor– the protector of Belgrade, one of the most prominent city landmarks.

  • Knez Mihailova Street – To find the street of Knez Mihajlova you won’t need the map – simply all the roads lead to the famous street. It is the main artery of Belgrade, and it stretches all the way from the Terazije square to the fortress of Kalemegdan. It is a pedestrian zone and a shopping centre where you will find the stores with the leading world brands, art galleries, coffee shops, restaurants, souvenir stalls, and bookstores. Don’t worry - everything is open until late night hours. Be prepared to make a stop every now and then to applaud the street performers and entertainers of various kind.

  • Skadarlija bohemian quarter – the XIX century old street which will return you to the bohemian times when its taverns and restaurants were a meeting place for many of the greatest figures of the local cultural scene of the period. Famous for great and tasteful food, live performance of tambourine orchestra, artists’ roles, this is the restaurant that traditionally promotes national cuisine, but international dishes as well. Skadarlija is often compared to the Montmartre in Paris, both for its appearance and the cheerful, vigorous artists’ atmosphere. (tu staviti sliku da kad kliknu cuju zvuk ili neku pesmu – najbolje neku poznatu stranu koja je svirana na njima)

  • Ada Ciganlija – the urban oasis – According to the Virtual Tourist Survey, it has been ranked in the 3rd place within world city destinations. The lake is used both for recreation and sport offering more than 50 sport terrains for different disciplines. Biking or roller skating on the superb trails around the lake will be a memorable experience

  • Avala Mountain & Tower – the Beauty of Belgrade - Craving for some fresh mountain air and picturesque landscape? Belgrade has it all – at just some 15 minutes’ drive, you will completely change the environment, escaping into the oasis of the beautiful Mountain of Avala, one of the favorite picnic resorts. Begin your Avala experience by having a skyrocketing ride up to the Avala Tower which, with its 205 meters height represents the tallest structure in the Balkans. In just 40 seconds, the elevator will take you to the top from where you will be able to enjoy the breath-taking panoramic view over Serbia landscape.

Cool stuff to do:
Kayak Adventure
Belgrade underground secrets
Sightseeing - Tram Called Belgrade, Balloon flight, River Cruise



Knez Mihailova 5
Tel: +381 (0)11 2635-622
E-mail: bginfo.knezmihailova@tob.co.rs
Www: www.tob.co.rs

Nisville International Jazz Festival
Joshua Insanus

NIŠVILLE INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL
14-17 August 2014
www.nisville.com

Tradition of jazz festival in Niš started in 1981. Under the name Nišville during its previous 19 editions festival has evolved into the most visited jazz festival in the region, welcoming names like Solomon Burke, Benny Golson, Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, De Phazz, Roy Hargrove, Duško Gojković and many others. The festival is now being held in an open space that can accommodate more than 4,000 people. Apart from the main program, the accompanying program, which is free for audience, features around 20 bands with 200 performers. During the festival, jazz workshops, also free for participants, are being held for almost all jazz instruments.

Set out on a jazz journey in one of the most beautiful, spacious and acoustic amphitheatres in Europe – The Summer Stage of the Niš City Fortress!

  • 4 day tickets from 20 EUR
  • 25 bands in the main program
  • around 350 performers in the main program
  • Niš City Fortress - In the period from 1719 to 1723, the Turks built Niš’s famous fortress on the right bank of the Nišava River. Today, the structure has been adapted to meet modern day needs.

  • Ćele kula – The Skull Tower - Ćele kula (Skull Tower) is located 2km from the center of the town. It was erected following the gory battle between the Serbian army and the Turks on Čegar. After the battle, the Turkish Commander Hushid-pasha ordered his soldiers to skin every head of a fallen Serbian soldier, fill it with hey, send it to the Sultan of Stambol (Istanbul), and stack the skulls into a tower which would serve as a permanent warning to the Serbian people. Of the total 852 skulls that were used to build the tower, 58 are preserved today.

  • The old craftsmen bazaar – Kazandžijsko sokače (Coppersmith’s Alleyway) - At the entrance to the liveliest part of the city, the Coppersmith’s Alleyway, there is an usually monument: an inn table where two men, Serbian writer Stevan Sremac and Hunter Calča, the writer`s literary character are cheerfully talking with each other and entertaining the people by telling them about his imagined heroic deeds.

  • Mediana archeological site – Constantine the Great built the complex as his summer residence around 330. The remains of the palace include the baptistery, granary, thermals and pagan temple. You will see some of the most extraordinary mosaics here. These stunning works depict gorgons, Medusa and the God of Water, and a range of beautiful geometric patterns.

  • Niška Banja – Niš Spa - The thermal springs, whose water temperature average 37 degrees Celsius, were renowned during the Roman and Byzantine times. The spa contains peloid, a natural therapeutic mud recommended for sufferers of rheumatism

  • Sićevačka klisura (canyon) – If you are a nature enthusiast, head to the spectacular 17 km long Sićevačka canyon and Nišava River. The area is dotted with more than 30 churches and monasteries. Because of its extraordinary beauty, the area has received special status as a nature resort.

Tourist information center Niš Fortress:
Address: The Fortress, 18000 Niš
Tel: +381 (0)18 250 222
E-mail: info@visitnis.com
Web: www.visitnis.com

TOP 20

events IN Serbia during 2014

Events

Worldwide famous festival dedicated to future film makers and already acclaimed authors. The Festival Founder and Director is Emir Kusturica, the renowned movie director. January, Mokra Gora

www.kustendorf-filmandmusicfestival.org

Envisioned as the annual review of the best films of the season, the Belgrade International Film Festival - FEST – evolved to become one of the most important festivals on the continent and a pillar event of Belgrade's cultural life and an indispensable element in the coming of age of many generations of film amateurs. February, Belgrade

www.fest.rs

Founded in 2000 and today represents a professional and expert event that gathers classical guitarists of all kinds: amateurs, primary and secondary music schools pupils, students, as well as their teachers and professors and eminent guests, leading world guitarists. March, Belgrade

www.gaf.rs

one of the best European art dance festivals. The festival each year announces the most prestigious dancers and choreographers from all around the world, mostly European countries but also from the USA, Australia and Canada. March/April, Belgrade

www.belgradedancefestival.com

Belgrade Calling is a newly established music festival. In its last edition, on festival performed great star musicians different generations like Ozzy Osbourne and Friends, Faith no More, Jessie J, Orbiatl, Public Enemy, The Cult and Sisters of Mercy. Maj/June, Belgrade

www.belgradecalling.com/en/

one of the most significant classical music events in Serbia which has grown from national into international. April, Novi Sad

www.nomus.org.rs

Each year this event gathers around 50.000 people. The first Belgrade marathon was run in 1988. Belgrade marathon concerns the main race over 42 km and a Fun Run of 5 km. April, Belgrade

www.bgdmarathon.org

Founded in 2005, Belgrade Design Week is the first festival of creative industries and modern business in Serbia and the South East European region, festival has successfully forged intercultural and business connections between the global design scene, the regional creative industries May/June, Belgrade

www.belgradedesignweek.com

Is an event with the longest tradition in our country. It dates back to 1939. The race will take place under a slogan “Cycling and tourism together”. The goal of the race, is also the affirmation of Serbian tourism, its natural beauty, cultural heritage, and hospitality of our people. June, Serbia

www.tds.co.rs

At the point where the Tamis river flow into Danube, on the bank where you can hear the sound of tamburica music, Pancevo had grown, on the door of Banat plain - the capitol of the artistry of beer making, the center of powerful industry, the town with long-lasting culture and tradition - carnival city. June, Pančevo

www.karnevalpancevo.com

Festival is held on Belgrade port on Sava and Danube rivers. Carnival following program: Belgrade sailing clubs show, Belgrade rowing and canoeing clubs show, Jet Ski show – river attractions, kid’s carnival and boat Carnival. The musical programme, funny introductions, excellent lighting and acoustics as well as fireworks will contribute to the perfect atmosphere of this carnival. July, Belgrade

www.tob.co.rs

One of the biggest tourist events in Serbia in which a great number of masquerade, festival exhibitions, concerts, plays, sporting events. The main event of the carnival is a major international carnival parade. A large number of carnival groups from around the world guarantee fun and entertainment. July, Vrnjačka Banja

www.vrnjackikarneval.com

Festival shows about 85 films in nine program units at five locations and is the meeting point of the audience with contemporary film trends to better understand the social, cultural and living context of our times. July, Palić

www.palicfilmfestival.com

It is the oldest international rock festival for demo bands in the world. During 2014 it will be held for 48th time in continuity. Gathering tens of thousands of spectators and participants from Serbia and the world, Gitarijada is considered to be one of the most eminent musical events in the region. The goal of festival is support and affirmation of musical creativity of young people that are rock bound. July/August, Zaječar

www.gitarijada.org

An international equestrian sport event. The traditional all-round competition includes: show-jumping, relay riding, and arrow, lance, and mace-hurling, as well as sword-cutting in full gallop. September, Požarevac

www.topozarevac.rs

The Festival is an international festivity of theatrical creativity – of new theatre trends of the international theatre and the theatre of Serbia. The Festival is of competitive nature and lasts for about 15 days. September, Belgrade

www.bitef.rs

Belgrade Music Festival BEMUS, is the oldest and the most prominent music festival in Serbia and one of the most distinctive classical music festivals in the South-Eastern Europe, mostly presenting the most attractive international programmes. October, Belgrade

www.bemus.rs

Presentation of domestic and foreign book production and buying and selling of copyrights that attract each year around 150.000 participants. In addition to the publishers, the Fair is attended also by booksellers and wholesalers, librarians and many authors at their book promotions. October/November, Belgrade

www.beogradskisajamknjiga.com

SERBIA

BASICS

FACTS

Official name of the state: Republic of Serbia
Capital city: Belgrade, population more than 1,730,000
Geographic location: South-eastern and Central Europe, Balkan Peninsula, Western Balkans
Area 88,361 km2
Population: more than 7,500,000
Official language: Serbian
Official script: Cyrillic (Latin script also in use)
Neighboring countries: Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia
Longest river: Danube, Serbian section 588 km long
Climate: moderate continental
Time zone: Central European, CET (GMT + 1 hour)
International dialling code: +381
Official currency: Dinar (RSD)
National Internet domain: .rs
National vehicle code: SRB
Electricity: 220 ~ 230V, 50 Hz
Water from public mains: Safe to drink
Entry and stay in Serbia: Citizens of European Union countries, the Swiss Confederation, Kingdom of Norway and Republic of Iceland may enter the Republic of Serbia using their identity cards and stay up to 90 days.

SOME SERBIAN PHRASES

yes = da [dah]
no = ne [neh]
please = molim [moleem]
thank you = hvala vam [hvahlah vahm]
good morning = dobro jutro [dobro yootro]
good afternoon = dobar dan [dobahr dahn]
good night = laku noc [lahkoo noch]
hello / hi = zdravo [zdrahvo]
good-bye = dovidjenja [doveejehnah]

SERB TRADITIONS

- Slava: Patron saint of giving thanks in the Serbian Orthodox Church
- Kumstvo: The custom of godparents in the Serbian Orthodox Church
- Kolo: A circle dance that originates from traditional Serbian folkdances. A specific kolo is usually named after its composer, a region or a flower. Examples include Draganovo Kolo (Dragan's Kolo), Medeno Kolo (Honey Kolo) and Užičko Kolo (Kolo from the town of Užice).