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article imageUltra Europe 2014 Aftermovie released in Split, Croatia

By Paul Bradbury     Nov 20, 2014 in Music
Split - Ultra Europe releases the official aftermovie of the biggest music festival on the Croatian coast in 2014, as next year's event promises to be even bigger.
Ultra Europe released its long-awaited official 2014 aftermovie on its YouTube channel on November 20, 2014, providing the highlights of the four-day festival in Split and the island of Hvar which proved to be the biggest event in a busy festival season on the Croatian coast.
Ultra Europe, which is now in its second year, took place over three days at the Poljud Stadium in Split, home of famous football club Hajduk Split, followed by a one-day beach party on the exclusive island of Hvar. Watch the official video below.
The music festival, which will be back on Split, Hvar and Vis next year for a full week in peak season, has been credited with raising the profile of Croatia as a party destination, as well as bringing tens of thousands of tourists to the Dalmatian coast.
While the main destination of Split has been broadly welcomed, the decision to host a beach party in Hvar Town on Croatia's most exclusive island during the peak of the season has proved a little more controversial.
As the home of organised tourism in Europe in 1868 and the only island in the world with four UNESCO heritages, questions have been raised about the need to host such a festival in one of the busiest weeks in the tourist calendar on Hvar, which is traditionally packed with high-spending tourists attracted to the island for its culture, gastronomy and pristine waters.
The imposition of a high-profile music festival, as well as the growing trend of party tourism via Ultra partners such as The Yacht Week has led to petitions from residents to put a halt to party tourism, a petition which was unanimously upheld by the Hvar Town Council.
The unanimous decision has had little effect, with The Yacht Week announcing increased operations for 2015, and Ultra Europe extending its programme to Ultra Week. While there is no doubting the financial benefits of the festival, some are questioning the decision to host the events in prime locations such as Hvar Town, when there are plenty of other alternatives ready to host such an event without disrupting higher quality tourism in established exclusive destinations.
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