EXIT was once again crowned ‘Best Major Festival ‘at the 9th annual European Festival Awards. The competition took place at Groningen’s De Oosterport in The Netherlands.
EXIT won the Grand Prix in a fierce competition comprising of over 350 festivals in 35 countries. It included all the major players in Europe. EXIT has been shortlisted in record-breaking three categories including the main 'Best Major Festival' award, 'Promoter of the Year' and the 'Take a Stand' award for social activism. All the other festivals organized by the same management team such as Sea Dance in Montenegro, Sea Star in Croatia and Revolution in Romania were also shortlisted in their respected categories: the best mid-sized, the best new and the best small festival.
"EXIT - where hedonism meets activism."
EXIT’s competition for the award were other European festival giants, such as Tomorrowland, Sziget Festival, Lowlands and Wacken Open Air. This is the second time EXIT has been voted Best Major Festival at European Festival Awards since they were established in 2010. The festival is shortlisted in this category every year. EXIT won its first Best Major Festival award at European Festival Awards in 2013, while in 2007 it was voted the Best European (overseas) festival at the British Festival Awards. Winners are chosen by audiences from across Europe, together with an expert committee with standout individuals from the festival industry. The list of winners can be found at the official website.
EXIT Festival founder, Dušan Kovačević, was overwhelmed saying: “It is a truly remarkable success to win the most important festival award in the world again after only four years, let alone in the most important category, among the greatest European and world festivals with budgets 10 times greater than ours. EXIT Summer of Love 2017, comprising four festivals in Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, and Romania, with over 350,000 visitors, will have its place in the festival's history. An exceptional year is behind us, and for the year in front of us, we have even greater plans. We are starting the new winter festival at the Olympic mountain in Bosnia, while EXIT is preparing its best edition in its almost 20-year history. This award will be a driving force to excel in all aspects!”
EXIT started as a youth freedom movement in 2000 that brought down the oppressive regime of Slobodan Milosevic. As the only contemporary music festival that grew from the social activism, EXIT will mark the 50 years since the original 1967's Summer of Love and remind its fans to peace movement of the 60's, conveying the messages which in today’s world are needed more than ever.
This year the renowned festival will take place from 12-15 July 2018.
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