The EXIT festival made history over the weekend as Europe’s first major music festival since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic – and 180,000 people were there to witness it.
The memorable 20th anniversary edition of the festival, which was forced to postpone due to the impact of the virus, brought together David Guetta, Charlotte de Witte, Nina Kraviz, Solomun, Amelie Lens, Maceo Plex and many more.
Along with the complex planning required to host a festival of this magnitude, organizers have also had to navigate erratic health and safety regulations. The fact that they are expecting guests from 70 countries also complicated the situation.
According to the “Safe Events Serbia” protocol, participants had to provide a negative PCR test or proof of vaccination in order to participate. According to a press release, early statistics showed less than a dozen positive cases out of around 14,000 tests performed in the festival’s pre-entry testing area.
“I knew this year’s event was more than just a festival, it was a movement of people, ready to do whatever it takes to keep human relationships at the forefront of our existence,” said Dusan Kovacevic, founder and CEO of the festival. “Festivals are generally designed to promote values worth living and we are determined to prove that festivals can be held safely even during a pandemic. That is why we have worked tirelessly to create a best practice model on how to do it. “
“In addition to our own event, we also hope that EXIT will be an encouragement for all our colleagues at the international festival, the ‘Festival Family’ that it is possible for all of us.”
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