Exit Shares Discussion Platform

The team behind Exit Festival is starting a new event in Belgrade, Serbia, that will combine a dance-oriented musical lineup with a daytime conference.

It’s called Share and will debut at the Belgrade Youth House April 7-9. The Youth House, or Dom Omladine, has three venues and the festival will also use eight clubs within walking distance.

Although the structure of the event looks to borrow heavily from Holland’s Eurosonic-Noorderslag, Norway’s By:Larm and Tallinn Music Week, the conference content will be more focused on information technology, new media practices and social networking platforms.

“Share is organized as a movement with the idea to bring people together and use technology and cutting edge activism for social changes in our society,” the conference website explains.

In common with much of what’s undertaken by Exit, which began in 2001 as a celebration of the end of former Serbian Premier Slobodan Milosevic’s bid to be dictator of all the old Yugoslavia, it’s likely to have its political edges.

One of the first day speakers is Sam Graham Felsen, blog director of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. His subject will be: “What Makes a Movement: From Obama ’08 to the Uprising in Egypt.”

The second day has Samir Allioui, founder and leader of the Dutch Pirate Party. The Dutch Pirate Party is a member of Pirate Parties International where Samir is serving as co-president.

Conference director Vladan Joler has also organised for Peter Sunde, the Berlin-based Swedish IT expert best known for co-founding The Pirate Bay, to talk about copyright.

Exit co-founder Ivan Milivojev has overseen the booking of a nighttime lineup that includes Tricky, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Carl Craig, Josh Wink, Sub Focus, and Metronomy. More than 100 acts will play over three days.

This year’s Exit Festival in Novi Sad is July 7-10. The line-up includes Arcade Fire, Pulp, Portishead, Grinderman, Underworld and Deadmau5.