Connecting Perls – Western Balkans, Serbia, North Macedonia


The Leskovac Carnival is inspired by the centuries-old tradition of carnival, native history and customs of southern Serbia (“koledar”, “dodole”, “lazarice”, “kraljice” are some traditional customs connected with mythology). 

The Leskovac Carnival is a member of the Federation of Carnival Cities of Europe (FECC). Although it has regional importance, in terms of the number of direct carnival programs it is the largest in the Balkans. 

Except for the big masquerade in the regular program, there are the carnivals of pets, Face & Body Painting, hairstyles and tattoos, barrel racing, old-timers, senior citizens, Carnival on the water, Eco-Carnival

Carnival of majorettes, Princess of Carnival, Festival of street entertainers, Knight’s Tournament, Children’s Carnival Parade, Fire Festival and International Carnival procession with 40 to 50 groups from Serbia and abroad. 

The main procession alone is followed by over 50,000 visitors from the city and surrounding areas. 

Over the course of 4-5 days, accompanying programs include mask-making workshops, art colonies, exhibitions, concerts, plays and fashion shows. The event follows trends and is constantly being updated.