Conferences and festivals are very important forms of diffusion of knowledge, music, culture and art, since they give us insights into regional and global achievements in one period of time. Since the end of millennium the Balkan Peninsula has become an area with a stunning festival culture. Some festivals such as Sziget in Hungary were founded in the 90’s while others such as summer music festival Love International in Tisno and winter music festival Festival 84 in Bosnia & Herzegovina are rather new and up-and-coming events. Every year some new music festival emerges in Balkans and makes a step forward in the process of “festivalisation” of this part of the globe.
Lovefest is one of the most up-and-coming music festivals in the region of SEE. It boasts more than affordable prices compared to other music festivals around Europe, as well as a very forward- thinking music selection. Imagine a four-day, non-stop party, with a line-up for 2018 that includes artists such as Blawan, Butch, Emanuel Satie, Gerd Janson, Optimo, Len Faki, Loco Dice, Sven Vath, Dubfire and many others. This summer festival takes place in August, in Vrnjacka Banja (Serbia) near the lake and has several dance floors perfect for exploring different electronic music genres.
Date: 2-5 August 2018
Venue: Lake, Vrnjacka Banja, Serbia
Festival tickets available from 29 e
SOUTHERN SOUL FESTIVAL
Southern Soul Music festival gathers everything one can desire; one of the most beautiful beaches of Adriatic coast, warm weather, kite surfing, a friendly crowd, great music, affordable prices….4 days of this festival will fill you with such positive vibes and energy that you will instantly decide to visit it next year as well. This chilled-out festival on Copacabana Beach on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast takes place in the end of June bringing together over 50 producers, DJs and artists from all around the world playing modern soul, jazz and electronic music. The program of this very appealing and intimate festival starts in the afternoon and goes throughout the night until the crack of dawn. You can enjoy music at three stages overlooking the longest sandy beach: the Main Stage, the Bar Stage and the Organic Stage.
Date: 28-01 July 2018
Venue: Copacabana beach, Ulcinj, Montenegro
Festival tickets available from 109 e
The end of the Garden festival era gave birth to the first edition of Love International. Brand new festival located in a magnificent natural amphitheatre with gently rolling hills leading down to a private bay, a shimmering sandy beach and crystal clear waters. The site of an undiscovered, secluded paradise just a short walk from the beautiful town of Tisno has a true festival feel, yet maintaining the intimacy all visitors crave. From boat parties to a secret island and open air Barbarellas club, this festival offers a unique liminal experience. Crowd is aged +25 and in the mood for taking advantage of everything this secluded paradise has to offer. This year’s line-up consists of artists such as: Jane Fitz, Dj Tennis, Palms Trax, Optimo, Young Marco, Paramida, Moscoman, Space Dimensions Controller and many other DJs and live acts.
Date: 27-4 July 2018
Venue: Garden Tisno, Croatia
Festival tickets available from 135 pounds
Going back to the cradle of civilization we came across a cutting-edge music festival called Plissken. With its eclectic line-up consisting of a mix of different music styles and the Lab- annual workshop for event management, it has rapidly become a must visit event in Athens. Greece’s most ambitious and forward-thinking musical gathering usually lasts for 2 consecutive nights and hosts over 40 international & local artists performing across 3 venues. Festival surrounding area includes a food court, cocktail bar and lounge area, creating a unique street festival atmosphere for the crowd to enjoy. Since its debut back in 2010, past line-ups have included the likes of Perfume Genius, Savages, Mogwai, King Krule, Black Lips, Death Grips, Wild Beasts, Ariel Pink, Brodinski, Âme, Wooden Shjips, SWANS, Fuck Buttons, Mount Kimbie, Vitalic, Simian Mobile Disco and Peaches….
Date: to be announced
Venue: to be announced, Athens, Greece
Festival tickets available from 70 e
This unique festival is held near the town of Dádpuszta in Hungary. It is also known as the PSYCHEDELIC TRIBAL GATHERING, and promotes various genres of trance music, in addition to camping, life in the nature, yoga and many types of body art. Along with trance stages, there are also find chill out zones and techno music. Every year at the end of July, people from all over the world gather here and enjoy various daytime workshops in cooking, yoga, meditation and martial arts, as well as all-night trance sets and live acts.
Date: 30 July-5 August
Venue: Dádpuszta in Hungary
Festival ticket from 130 eur
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.