The EXIT festival came into being in the year 2000 as an act of rebellion against the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, that had for years been keeping Serbia out of touch with the outside world. That summer thousands of young people from Novi Sad gathered in the campus park by the Danube River where concerts, parties and art performances took place. Having been inspired by the enthusiasm brought on by the changes in the country, the team behind EXIT decided to continue with the festival and create an event of true regional importance.
EXIT is one of the most highly regarded festivals in Europe, being nominated for 'Best Overseas Festival' in the UK Festival Awards for 4 years, winning the coveted title in 2007 and runner up in 2010. In addition EXIT has also been nominated for 'Best Major Festival' in European Festival Awards for 2 years running and has been shortlisted in the 'Artists Favourite Festival' Category.