Kotor’s festival year kicks off on February 1, with folk dances and church music on the day of St Tripun; this is closely followed by the Masked Ball, a colourful event that sees processions head through the Old Town. In April there’s the Montenegrin Dance Festival, which showcases pretty much every kind of dance, before theatrical and musical performances kick off the sunny months at the International Summer Carnival, held in late July/early August. Around the same time is Refresh (wwww.refreshfestival.com), a four-day music festival that ropes in some big-name DJs. All pale in comparison, however, to late August’s Boka Nights, when boats fill the bay, fireworks electrify the sky and everyone goes just a little bit mad.

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