Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Ultra Europe 2022 Expects Over 150,000 Visitors!

June 14, 2022 - After a two-year break, Split will host one of the world's largest international electronic music festivals, Ultra Europe 2022, at Park Mladeži from July 8 to 10.

The participants of today's press conference held in the Split city port confirmed that everything is ready from the organizational aspect. According to the organizers, Split expects the biggest Ultra yet. 

"After the pandemic crisis and uncertainty, we gathered courage. With the great interest of fans and the support of the Government, the Ministry, Tourist Board, and all partners, we dared to maintain Ultra. For now, all indicators say that we were right because the interest has never been higher, especially the increase in guests with higher spending power," said Joe Bašić, director of the Festival. He added that as a responsible organizer, he wants to create further and develop an environment beneficial to society and development for the city.

On behalf of the host city, the great event was supported by the Commissioner Mirna Veža:

"This is a serious event with great positive tourist and economic effects on our city. That is good and positive for our citizens and us. Our focus and imperative is safety during the event, with the cooperation of the organizers, our police department, and the police being crucial. I expect us to be in sync and up to the task to present ourselves as a city of culture, heritage, and entertainment, but also as an organized, safe, and serious city for our citizens and visitors."

State Secretary at the Ministry of Tourism Tonči Glavina said that the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Ministry strongly support the project, which is recognized as a project of strategic importance. He cited data from a study conducted in 2018, which supports the festival's positive effects on GDP, especially on the promotion and marketing of Split, Dalmatia, and the whole of Croatia.

The leaders of the Split and Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Boards, Alijana Vukšić and Joško Stella, emphasized the immeasurable positive tourist and marketing effects of Ultra. Furthermore, the support and confirmation of the readiness of the services under the jurisdiction of the County were expressed by the Deputy Prefect of Split-Dalmatia Stipe Čogelj, while the director of the Public Institution Sports Facilities Gordon Cerjan said that preparations at the Park Mladeži are going according to plan. 

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Wednesday, 4 December 2019

VIDEO: Relive Ultra Europe in Split with Official 2019 Aftermovie

December 4, 2019 - If anyone is still wondering why Ultra Europe in Split is such a hit, the official 2019 after movie should clear up any doubts. 

Dalmacija Danas writes that in nine minutes, the Ultra Europe Aftermovie tells the marvelous story of a music giant that has become one of the symbols of Split and Croatia. Three magnificent festival days at Split's Park Mladezi stadium were presented to the world in a magnificent film produced by Final Kid, and for the first time, Zagreb and many other fairy-tale Croatian locations are shown. For those who have not yet felt the magic and infectious energy of this unique destination festival, this will be more than a great invitation to join thousands of electronic music fans next summer.

The Ultra Europe Aftermovie traditionally comes out at the end of the year, with over 13 million views so far. 

The directing and editing are again credited to Charly Friedrichs and Diogo Camargo, and the film's superb quality is the result of the work of the talented and expert Final Kid Films film crew. All the footage was shot with RED digital movie cameras and top-notch equipment, and for a visual experience to be complete, all footage is in 4K resolution. More than 3 million kuna has been invested in the production of this nine-minute reminder of the best moments of the festival - and the live stream of the festival itself, which has been viewed in more than 124 countries around the world on Youtube and Facebook, has seen over 7 million views.


This year's film begins in the largest Croatian metropolis, with attractive views of the Zagreb Cathedral, Strossmayer Promenade, Upper Town, Central Station and the airport. The after movie also stars Croatian models Luna Valas and Paula Puškas, who take viewers on a journey through some of the most recognizable parts of Croatia. Swimming under the Krka waterfalls, walking through Primosten, and driving to Klis are just a few of the locations featured in the film, and girls are joined by another famous fashion name, Patrik Cvetko, on the way to Split.

“This was a truly special adventure and filming this will remain in my memory forever. We often forget how beautiful our country is, and to be able to visit it as a tourist, to feel the magic of its fairy-tale locations and to finally meet, socialize and dance with people from all over the world, was an unforgettable experience. I believe that the film will appeal to everyone and will show that our country is not only beautiful and worth visiting, but that we know how to do a top-notch and unique event and be a real host to the young people who come here from all over the world,” said Luna Valas.

After the spectacular scenes of the packed Park Mladezi lawn and fireworks above the big central stage, the film crew takes you to the other stages, RESISTANCE and UMF. Ultranauts are reminded of some of the performances of the DJs that marked the record-breaking festival release - Swedish House Mafia, Armin van Buuren, David Guetta, DJ Snake, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Adam Beyer, Maceo Plex, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - and showed the fans of this festival why they are the best and love coming back to Split. 

“The seventh edition of Ultra Europe will be remembered for its numerous achievements and record numbers, and we are sure that the seventh Aftermovie will join the trend. It is a film that has an invaluable marketing and tourist value in promoting Croatia worldwide, especially for the target segment of young people aged 18 to 28. Bearing in mind all the potential and power of our films, which have been viewed by over 13 million people so far, we decided to start this year's trip to Split in Zagreb. Namely, during the festival, the Split Airport operates at full capacity, so our goal is to increase the number of arrivals and to direct our guests to use Zagreb and the Zagreb airport as an incoming destination. In addition to extending their stay, we will also give them the opportunity to experience continental and coastal Croatia,” said Joe Bašić, CEO of MPG Live, organizer of the festival.

Choosing a musical backdrop is vital for creating a successful emotional film to remind you of the most beautiful festival moments. The production team selected four singles that perfectly accompany the story - You & Me, performed by Futuristic Polar Bears, Daffy Muffin's Select, Tom Staar & Trace's East Soul, and Tim van Werd's Break the Night.

As the second-largest event in the Ultra Worldwide family, Ultra Europe announces a new experience with more than 160,000 fans from July 9 to July 15, 2020, in Split, Brac, Hvar and Vis. Tickets for the three days of Ultra Europe at Park Mladezi are already on sale, while the RESISTANCE Croatia tickets allow visitors to enjoy six days of music behind this music brand. 

For the full Ultra experience, or a seven-day journey to four magical locations and ten unique party stations, you’ll want to tag along to Destination UltraEurope, and in addition to three festival days in Split, you’ll go to the Ultra Europe Opening Party, Ultra Brac, Ultra Hvar, Resistance Hvar and party Resistance Vis. 

For all those coming to the eighth edition of the festival in the company of friends, group tickets are available - and, if you buy five tickets, the sixth ticket will be free.

The organizers also announced the possibility of paying in installments, and benefits also await the owners of Ultra Passport, the first international customer loyalty system for music festivals that continues to grow with more than half a million users.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

All Services Ready to Go for 7th Ultra Europe at Park Mladeži

The organizers of the Ultra Europe festival, which will be held in Split for the seventh time in a row from July 12 to 14, 2019, held a coordination meeting with Split Mayor Andro Krstulović Opara, his associates and representatives of the city utility companies and emergency services, all to ensure the readiness for the upcoming international event, reports Splitski Dnevnik on July 11, 2019.

They concluded that year after year, the city and emergency services function excellently and are a good team that is ready to meet new challenges. It was especially demanding this year when notice of the new festival location was announced just a few weeks ago. 

There was also talk about traffic solutions, increased firefighting, police, and emergency assistance staff. Then, the meeting discussed additional bus lines and cleaning the stadium and contact zones after the festival. The meeting concluded that all the services are fully prepared. Marin Grubišić, on behalf of MPG Live, the organizer of Ultra Europe, was grateful for the cooperation and support of the City and utility companies around the entire project.

Representatives of MPG Live also reported that they were in constant contact with the nearest neighbors of Park Mladeži with whom they found solutions to numerous questions and concerns in order to ensure their days would function as normal. The organizers said they are pleased with the degree of cooperation with the citizens of Split, especially those who live in the immediate vicinity and concluded that there is a positive climate around this year's Ultra and they believe that three days of good entertainment and an excellent image of Split will be expected for the seventh time.

You can find the Promet bus timetables for Ultra below.

From Friday to Saturday 12/13.07.2019

– 3 Lovrinac – Brda at 24:00 

– 3 Brda – Lovrinac at 00:15 

– 9 R. njive – trajektna luka – R.njive at 24:00 

– 17 Spinut-Trstenik-Spinut at 24:00 

– 37 Trogir – Split at 01:00 and 03:00 

– 37 Split – Trogir at 02:00

- reinforcement of line 37 from Resnik as needed 

From Saturday to Sunday 13/14.07.2019

– 3 Lovrinac – Brda at 24:00

– 3 Brda – Lovrinac at 23:45 

– 9 R. njive – trajektna luka – R.njive at 24:00 

– 17 Spinut-Trstenik-Spinut at 24:00 

– 37 Trogir – Split at 01:00 and 03:00 

– 37 Split – Trogir at 02:00 

- reinforcement of line 37 from Resnik as needed 

From Sunday to Monday 14/15.07.2019

– 3 Lovrinac – Brda at 24:00 

– 3 Brda – Lovrinac at 23:45

– 9 R. njive – trajektna luka – R.njive at 24:00 

– 17 Spinut-Trstenik-Spinut at 24:00 

– 37 Trogir – Split at 01:00 and 03:00 

– 37 Split – Trogir at 02:00

- reinforcement of line 37 from Resnik as needed 

– night line 40 Tr. luka – HNK – Kila at 00:00, 01:00, 02:00, 03:00 and 04:00 

Additional regular line departures in the morning during Ultra Europe for Saturday 13.07.2019, Sunday 14.07.2019, and Monday 15.07.2019 are according to the following:

– 3 Lovrinac – Brda at 04:30 

– 3 Brda – Lovrinac at 04:30 

– 6 HNK – Kila at 04:50 

– 8 Zvončac – Žnjan at 05:00 

– 9 Trajektna luka – R.njive Saturday and Sunday at 05:00 and Monday at 04:40 

– 15 Trajektna luka – Duilovo at 04:40 

– 17 Spinut – Trstenik – Spinut at 04:30 

– 18 HNK – Brnik at 04:30 

– 25 Split – Stobreč at 04:40 

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Friday, 14 June 2019

Negotiations with Hajduk at Standstill: Is Ultra Europe Moving to Park Mladeži?

The drama between Ultra Europe and Hajduk continues, as negations remain at a dead end. Radio Split reported on Friday morning that the Ultra Europe festival would be held at the RNK Split stadium, also known as Park Mladeži, instead of the current location at Poljud stadium, Slobodna Dalmacija announced on June 14, 2019. 

Since no agreement has been signed between Ultra and Hajduk, the festival organizers have allegedly turned to alternative solutions, and Park Mladeži was the first location that came to mind. 

As Radio Split reported, the negotiations between representatives of Ultra and Javne ustanova športski objekti Split (Public Institution Sports Facilities Split) have begun, though the City of Split still does not want to confirm this information, and all inquiries from the media remain unanswered.

RNK Split, the concessionaire of Park Mladeži, was also unable to provide any official information on where the Ultra Europe festival would be held this year. Allegedly, all official reports on the state of Ultra Europe will be released at the beginning of next week.

“We've been working intensely over the last few weeks. I believe we will have quality information next week. We are looking for a win-win situation in which everyone will be satisfied; Hajduk and the interest of sport, then the development of tourism and the further stimulation of Ultra, which we know will stay here for a few more years, as well as the many tourists, which we expect this year too and we will host,” said the mayor of Split Andro Krstulović Opara on Thursday. 

Recall, Hajduk has highlighted the destruction of their field after Ultra as one of the biggest problems brought by the festival, which is part of why the sides have been unable to agree. 

Hajduk was looking for Ultra to cover all the costs incurred by the club for holding the festival, and above all to financially cover and secure a new field in time as to not repeat, for example, last year’s catastrophe when the lawn was not brought in on time. 

For every unplayed European match at Poljud, Hajduk is forced to relocate (to the significantly smaller stadium capacity in Dugopolje), leaving them with estimated losses of around 1.5 to 2 million kuna, while the price of the new field is between 1.6 and 2.2 million kuna.

And it's already too late to buy and deliver a new field if you're looking to have it installed right after Ultra...

Stay tuned. 

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