At the beginning of it all, there was EXIT. From its inception, the festival made history as the first massive gathering of the region’s youth after the 1990s conflict, establishing itself as a beacon of reconciliation. As the organization grew, EXIT has, in just the last two years, staged 50 events across 12 countries, with its heart firmly rooted and beating in our region. Connecting the dots of EXIT’s regional events, including the latest addition, the Unity84 festival celebrating 40 years since the Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games this weekend, reveals precisely that – a giant heart symbolizing the love and synergy EXIT spreads across the former Yugoslavia.

“Symbolically, a festival commemorating one of the greatest achievements of the former Yugoslavia completes our regional heart. The Olympics stand for unity and a healthy spirit, values deeply woven into the DNA of our events,” said Dušan Kovačević, founder and director of the EXIT festival.

What is today an international and award-winning summer music festival was founded back in 2000, nearly a quarter-century ago. It is held annually at one of the world’s most stunning festival sites – the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad. EXIT has gained global recognition through the big names that have graced its stages, its numerous visitors from all around the world, and its well-known and carefully preserved mag