Cheerful regata 2017

Cheerful regata on the Ibar river will be organized on the 2nd July 2017. for the 28th time!
Cheerful regata (Veseli spust) is the oldest and most exciting rafting in Serbia. It goes from the medieval city Maglič to the city ofKraljevo, 25 km through the Ibarriver, with over 10.000 enthusiastic rafters participating in the most cheerful parade on Serbian waters!

Thousands of enthusiastic people on the river, euphoria, trumpeters, barbecue, songs and positive energy on the most imaginative boats made of wood, bottles, Styrofoam, car tires – these are the main features of this very traditional event on the water. Veselispust is an event to which you plan going in advance, for which you impatiently wait and in which you proudly take part. The number of participants is bigger and bigger every year!

It’s normal that more than 10.000 people take part in VeseliSpust and it’s going to be held whether it’s sunny with 40ºC or rainy outside. In Mataruškabanja, a lunch for all participants will be organized. Since 2012, Serbia4Youth takes young people from all over Serbia and abroad to have the best fun on Serbian waters.

In the evening of Veselispust, Kraljevo turns into a big stage where parties take place on every corner, at coffee places, gardens, clubs, by the river… In that weekend, Kraljevo doesn’t sleep!  You’ll see why! 😉


Sunday 2mnd July 2017
06:00 Gathering in Street IV Kraljevacki bataljon, in fron of the Kayak club, packing of equipment (boats) in tracks, geting into buses
07:00 Transportation to Maglic (start point of regata)
08:00 Start of the 27th Cheerful regata
09:30 Bogutovac – first break
11:00 Golden beach – second break
13:30 Mataruška spa – lunch
15:00 Continuation of regata
16:30 Arival in Kraljevo (finish)

Old city of Maglič

The city is located on the right side of the Ibar, on the top of a steep mountain. One of the theories says it was created in the 13th century, but many authors state that it comes from earlier than that.

Its stone walls are 2meterswide and, in total, 270 meters long.

The main dungeon tower is 20 meters tall and the other 7 towers are 12 meters tall. In the courtyard are located some ruins of the St. George church, of the palace of the Archbishop Danilo II, who founded a monastic school there. The fortress has also a militar character: it served as a protective barrier to the Ziče monastery and to the whole valley for centuries.


Nisville Jazz Festival

Nisville Jazz Festival Serbia

Nisville Jazz Festival

Nisville is an annual summer music festival in the Ancient Fortress of Niš, Serbia. From the festival’s very beginning, its concept has been based on presenting the ‘traditional’ jazz forms together with their fusion with the ethnic tradition from the different parts of the world, especially from the Balkans.

The jazz festival tradition in Niš, initiated in 1981, and terminated in 1991, was renewed at the end of 1994 thanks to the producer and economist who specializes in cultural management, Ivan Blagojević, theatre director by vocation. The first manifestation, entitled “International Nišville Jazz Festival” was held in January 1995. From the very beginning, in addition to the “more traditional” forms of jazz, the concept of the festival has primarily been founded on the fusion of this genre with ethnic traditions of various parts of the world, especially the Balkans, and the venue, with the exception of two editions, (owing to space rental issues) was the large hall of “Klub Vojske” (Army Club), with the capacity of 800 seats.

Ever since the start, the Festival has established cooperation with cultural centers and embassies of the United States of America, the Netherlands, France, Norway, Germany, whose musicians have significantly participated at this manifestation and the names of the participants increasingly became greater: Reggie Workmen, Jimmy Cobb, Philip Catherine, Aria Hendricks, Miles Griffith, Denise Jannah, Bemshie Shearer etc. Based on the ideas of Ivan Blagojević, Nišville has frequently had programs involving different musicians (who had often not been acquainted with one another by that time) forming the same bands, including the performance by Šaban Bajramović with jazz musicians from Serbia, Bulgaria and Germany, followed by the “ad hoc” ensemble whose main lineup was made up of musicians from the “triangle” of Serbia – Bulgaria – Macedonia: Vasil Hadžimanov, Teodosi Spasov and Toni Kitanovski (band which continued working after Nišville), and a special exclusive involved the only joint performance by the Queen and King of Romani music – Esma Redžepova and Šaban Bajramović.

In addition to the large hall of the “Army Club”, the Programs at the “Army Club” (which included a minimum of five bands per night of the festival) were also held on another stage (while the main stage was being prepared for the next band), in the hall of the Club, and the socializing between the audience and the musicians continued up to the early morning at jam sessions in Nišville Jazz Club.

The last edition in a closed area (and the late November term) proved that Nišville had fully completed their mission, as it had created (and, to a certain extent, educated) a very large audience, so the largest concert hall in Nis became too small to house all the interested parties, which was reflected in the fact that there was a lot of standing in a great number of programs, i.e. that the festival might have been attended by more than a thousand people per night.

The final edition in the hall of the Army Club was held in 2005, after which it was decided that the festival was to change the venue and the term. The fact that this was the right move was confirmed the following year and the first edition (mid-August) in one of the most beautiful, most acoustic and largest open amphitheaters in Europe – at the Summer stage in the Fortress of Nis, which practically initiated the new phase and the chronology of jazz events not only in the south of Serbia but also in this part of Europe.

The fact that there were (at least) three thousand visitors every night (which is the capacity of the venue) was simultaneously a practical confirmation of an “esthetic – physical” principle that the “jazz audience broadens according to the available space”.
The greater area enabled bringing even greater names, some of which included the following in the previous editions, from 2006 to 2008: Billy Cobham, Dr Donald Byrd, Incognito, The Brand New Heavies, Larry Coryell, Victor Bailey, Lenny White, Milčo Leviev, Nils Petter Molvaer, Duško Gojković, Rosenberg Trio, Gilles Peterson, Sidsel Endresen, Misterija bugarskih glasova etc. and Nišville practically immediately became the most frequently visited jazz festival in this part of Europe. Since 2009, Nišville has moved to the large empty grass plateau, also in the Fortress – where the complete structure is built and installed for each separate edition: stands for the audience, backstage, entrances etc.). In addition, there are two large stages, one beside the other, which include alternating performances (with the maximum reduction of breaks between performances) of the participants of the main program (six or seven per night). In addition to the main stage, the program is located on several other free stages at different points in the Fortress or Nis (Open Stage, Welcome Stage, Midnight Jam Stage), and by tradition, over the last few years, as a special introduction to the main program, a two-day and single-day free program entitled “Friends to Šaban” – a special homage to the King of Romani Music – has been held in the amphitheater at the quay next to the river Nišava – where the monument to Šaban Bajramović is located – erected at the initiative of Nišville Jazz Festival itself.

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Source: Nisville Jazz Festival

Drina Regatta

Drina Regatta

Drina Regatta

Drina Regatta is the oldest manifestation with touristic – recreational character on the Drina River, which, for more than two decades organize S.T.C. „Bajina Basta“ and the Municipality of Bajina Basta to commemorate the old tradition of the Drina rafters. Drinska regata®  is the central tourist – recreational event that aims to present the touristic offer of this region. This manifestation is the most visited event in Western Serbia and it present central summer event on the water in the region. Every year this event on the Drina river, with various contents, attracting thousands of visitors from country and abroad.

Drina Regatta

Drina Regatta has been a favorite summer destination for many public figures who are rafting on the river on the „VIP raft.“ Besides  “ VIP raft “ on the regatta are also sailing a few wooden rafts made like the original model of the old Drina rafters, who sailed on the trunks of felled tree from Tara mountain. Couple of boats with trumpeters traditionally follows several kilometers long line of Regatta rafters and gives rhythm to it. In addition to numerous other events and activities as an integral part of the event is a big music festival “Most Fest”, where every year the most popular musician artists performs from all around the region. So far, the music festival main stars was: Atomsko Sklonište, Crvena Jabuka, Vlado Georgiev, Toni Cetinski, Riblja Čorba, JU Grupa, Plavi orkestar, Zabranjeno pušenje  and many others. Beside music festival “Most fest”  on the Drina Regatta event there are other musical programs in the first days of the event, organized by the Sport turstic center of Bajina Bašta, which gathers a large number of visitors.

The objectives of the event:

  • The main objective of the event is the development and promotion of touristic activities in Bajina Bašta
  • Promotion of touristic offer of mountain Tara, river Drina and municipality of Bajina Bašta, as an integral part of the touristic offer of Serbia, as well as the intensification of the existing offer by introducing new content.
  • Bajina Bašta have various possibilities for development of touristic potential, which make Tara mountain, river Drina, Perućac Lake and Zaovine, Rača monastery … A unique offer developed through numerous educational and sport – recreational activities, promoting the idea of an active holiday in a healthy environment, what is the world trend.
  • Drinska regata® aims to promote tourism and to inform the general public and visitors with a unique touristic offer of Bajina Bašta, the National Park Tara and Drina River. This event provides a significant contribution to the development of the local economy, trade and services and the employment of citizens of Bajina Bašta and area, at the peak of the touristic season and throughout the year.

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Source: Tourism Info Center Bajina Basta


Exit Festival Novi Sad

EXIT is the biggest music festival in South Eastern Europe. EXIT has taken place at a beautiful and magical fortress in Novi Sad, since 2001. Year after year the number of visitors is getting bigger; young people come from different parts of the country and Europe. Apart from quality music program that it offers, the festival is a place of wild fun, and you can enjoy the cool atmosphere of the fortress and the positive energy of the city.

EXIT Festival is one of the most diverse and most famous music festivals in Europe. For the last 15 years it has been drawing huge international stars and enormous crowds, for one of the real highlights of the summer festival season.

Located in the stunning Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia, EXIT has long been established as a world heavyweight, with its lineups bringing in the biggest stars of rock, pop and EDM year after year.

With a recent alumni that includes Guns N’ Roses, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Hardwell, Avicii, Martin Garrix and a whole load more, it’s easy to see how EXIT’s reputation continues to dominate the festival scene.


Exit Village is by far the most popular gathering place for Exit visitors, both domestic and foreign, the place where party never ends. People from all over the world, always ready to make more friends, sleeping in tents, non-stop music, all this and more makes our village unique and irreplaceable festival experience, longed for even by the residents, for whom Exit is a neighbor from the fortress.

The price of the camp wristband, more popular as the ticket for nine-day-non-stop-Exit party is cca 25 EUR, no matter how many days you choose to stay in the village. The Village opens on Monday, July 9, and closes on July 18. You can buy your Exit Village tickets at the reception.

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