As folk recover from Christmas and New Year celebrations, the winter cold sets in. If you can’t beat it, better to embrace it by hitting the snow-covered mountains for white days and cosy nights.

Küstendorf Film & Music Festival, Serbia

Created and curated by director Emir Kusturica, this international indie-fest in the town of Drvengrad, near Zlatibor mountain, eschews traditional red-carpet glitz for oddball inclusions vying for the ‘Golden Egg’ prize.

Vevčani Carnival, Macedonia

This traditional pagan carnival is thought to have existed for 1400 years, and is still celebrated in Vevčani with elaborate costumes, music and general revelry.