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Backpacking through Belgrade festivals

Experiencing the diversity of contemporary and traditional music forms in the Baltics could be a great way for backpackers to spend their gap year.

The meteoric rise in festivals and clubs in recent years is nowhere more evident than in the Serbian capital Belgrade, writes Garth Cartwright for the Guardian.

Hostel-staying travelers can time their trip to the city to coincide with one of the increasingly popular festivals that take place every year.

The Exit festival, with its rock and techno theme draws crowds from far and wide to enjoy the modern take on music.

For a very different but equally enjoyable experience, young people may wish to head to the Guca musical extravaganza.

Attracting some 300,000 revelers, Guca comprises of gypsy brass bands providing a unique glimpse into traditional music forms.

Those hoping to see some of the many historical attractions while in town for the festivals may wish to step into the National Museum or take part in extreme sports on Ada Island.

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