Serbia’s PM Asked EXIT Festival Not To Cancel But Instead Take Place in August 2020
Although the Serbian globally acclaimed EXIT Festival has already announced that it will not be held in its standard format and dates this year, Ana Brnabic, Serbia’s Prime Minister, has asked organizers not to cancel the festival, but rather postpone it to August.
Brnabic said that having in mind drastic improvement of health situation in Serbia as well as in many countries of Europe the recommendation is given by the country’s health experts assembled in a National Crisis Team is to go ahead with the festival this summer:
„We recommend to move the festival to August because we expect that the situation (with pandemic) in the whole of Europe will be totally under control by then”, she said in the city of Novi Sad, known as home to the EXIT Festival in the past 20 years.
The organizers stated that they are also welcoming the latest predictions by the health experts in Serbia and the rest of the Balkan region and expressed willingness to reduce the capacity of the event and take all precautionary measures:
„Festival in its full format with 55.000 per day and 40 stages will probably not return until 2021, but we are delighted to hear that health situation is becoming increasingly better and that we’ll be able to mark 20th anniversary of EXIT this summer with meaningful and safe event“, said the EXIT’s founder Dušan Kovačević.
„Health and safety of the audience and everyone involved at the festival is our top priority. We will work closely with Health officials in order to take all precasionary measuers and make festival in August as safe as possible. Between fear and optimism we always choose later and we’re thrilled that we will have opportunity to be together with our fans and favourite artists this summer“, Kovačević concludes.
As expected, the news exploded in the festival industry around the globe with agents and artists seeing this as a hope to speed up revival of the event and festival industry which was hit the most by a pandemic. EXIT is a summer music festival founded in 2000 and held at the colossal 18th century Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad every July.
EXIT is also launching its major social and environmental project to this date dubbed the LIFE STREAM. The project’s main idea is to stream some of the shows from the festival in a new innovative way by playing additional footage with quotes and information from scientific sources on the climate crisis and other rising social issues after the pandemic.