HIDDEN SECRETS OF EUROPE

SERBIA

SAVAMALA

Belgrade’s Savamala district was previously abandoned, but today its once-dilapidated warehouses are being transformed into forward-thinking cultural centres, art galleries, bars, and clubs. It’s a great example of neighbourhood revitalisation and adaptive reuse of buildings.

THE MISER FESTIVAL

A cool music, performance and art festival that attracts international talent. Check for dates for Savamala’s annual four-day long Mikser Festival.

SUBOTICA’S ART NOUVEAU TREASURES

Subotica’s City Hall – Serbia

Subotica is like a treasure box overflowing with Art Nouveau gems. Most of the buildings were constructed in the early 20th century, when Serbia and neighboring Hungary were part of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Designers incorporated whimsical details, colorful flourishes, and folk art into Subotica’s City Hall, Synagogue, private homes, and banks, evoking thoughts of Gaudi, fictional Dr. Seuss lands, and fanciful wedding cakes.

PARTY WITH A PURPOSE: EXIT FESTIVAL

Exit Festival – Serbia, 2015

Held over three days in mid-July, this music festival was started by a group of students fighting for peace and democracy in Serbia and the Balkans. Today, the event stays true to its activist roots with social advocacy and politics as much a part of EXIT as the music is. The outdoor venue is one of the coolest of its kind as the event takes place on the Petrovaradin Fortress grounds in the Serbian city of Novi Sad. Considered one of Europe’s best multi-day music festivals, shows are held on seven different stages—the main stage is located at the heart of the old fortress and is surrounded by six themed stages for different genres.

WHAT TO DO

If you are invited to a Slovak home, take off your shoes at the door. They are just being polite when they’re telling you not to. If you’re out for a drink with locals in Serbia, know that the bill is usually paid in rounds or split very roughly among everybody at the end.

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