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Entry of Kurent walks on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

 

At its annual meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the entry of Kurent patrols on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Tradition

Entry of Kurent walks on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

At its annual meeting, the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared the entry of Kurent patrols on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Where´s the Kurent?

Be it on Shrove Tuesday or an ordinary hot summer day, you can run into a Kurent at every step while exploring the old town center. Visitors can find them decorating the town’s facades, at the museum at the mighty Ptuj Castle, at the Tourist Information Center, or in one of the town’s traditional inns.

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PTUJ CITY

In the Ptuj-Ormož Regional Museum, in the collection of traditional carnival characters, you can meet the Kurent / Korant through time and many other traditional carnival masks from Ptuj and Drava fields, Haloze and Slovenske gorice. In the TIC you can get tourist information, a map of the city and its surroundings and a wide range of tourist publications, many unique souvenirs or book a guided tour of the city.

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TIC PTUJ

Many visitors also visit the tourist information center because of Kurent / Korant. This conjures up the atmosphere of Kurentovanje in the so-called Kurent corner, where, in addition to Kurent's work - Kurentija, they can also watch promotional films about Kurent and Kurentovanje. Many admirers of this mysterious carnival character are convinced of its uniqueness right after visiting Tic and decide to visit the next Kurentovanje. 

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MIHELIČ GALLERY

France Mihelič is one of the most important Ptuj painters of the 20th century. The artist taught drawing at the Ptuj Gymnasium in the years 1936-1941. The picturesque surroundings, and especially the demonic kurent, were the central motifs of his artistic creations. The Mihelič Gallery in the former defensive tower along the Drava, where the painter's graphic collection is housed, is also named after him. The gallery is also intended for exhibitions of contemporary art, with an emphasis on Ptuj authors.

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JADRANSKA STREET

On Jadranska ulica in the old town center, you can see interesting depictions of alleged Kurent masks on the facades of houses (Jadranska ul. 4 and 6). The facade of these houses was last restored in the 18th century.

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BAR SIMA

The legendary Sima Coffee Bar is considered the so-called Prince's Fortress, where the new Prince's Guard traditionally gathers after the inauguration at the time of St. Martin's Day. The mandate of the Prince of the Ptuj Carnival lasts for two years. Inside the Sima bar, it is possible to relive the memories of the past Kurentovanja in Ptuj, as the walls are decorated with many photographs and memorial plaques on the theme of carnival in the city.

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GOSTIŠČE PRI TONETU

In the popular Ptuj coaching inn with a long tradition, you can meet a life-size Kurent in the lobby of the inn. While admiring Kurenti, you can also try a delicious buckwheat cake according to a home-made recipe or some other traditional dish from the rich menu.

For a tour of the festival, download the application:

Where´s the Kurent?

Be it on Shrove Tuesday or an ordinary hot summer day, you can run into a Kurent at every step while exploring the old town center. Visitors can find them decorating the town’s facades, at the museum at the mighty Ptuj Castle, at the Tourist Information Center, or in one of the town’s traditional inns.

Legend:

PTUJ
CASTLE

TIC PTUJ

MIHELIČ
GALLERY

JADRANSKA
STREET

BAR SIMA

GOSTIŠČE PRI
TONETU GUESTHOUSE

For a tour of the festival, download the application:
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ethnofest

PTUJ CITY

In the Ptuj-Ormož Regional Museum, in the collection of traditional carnival characters, you can meet the Kurent / Korant through time and many other traditional carnival masks from Ptuj and Drava fields, Haloze and Slovenske gorice. In the TIC you can get tourist information, a map of the city and its surroundings and a wide range of tourist publications, many unique souvenirs or book a guided tour of the city.

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TIC Ptuj

Many visitors also visit the tourist information center because of Kurent / Korant. This conjures up the atmosphere of Kurentovanje in the so-called Kurent corner, where, in addition to Kurent's work - Kurentija, they can also watch promotional films about Kurent and Kurentovanje. Many admirers of this mysterious carnival character are convinced of its uniqueness right after visiting Tic and decide to visit the next Kurentovanje. You can also get to know Kurent's story in an interactive way with the help of the mobile application for augmented reality Travel AR Slovenia - Ptuj.

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MIHELIČ GALLERY

France Mihelič is one of the most important Ptuj painters of the 20th century. The artist taught drawing at the Ptuj Gymnasium in the years 1936-1941. The picturesque surroundings, and especially the demonic kurent, were the central motifs of his artistic creations. The Mihelič Gallery in the former defensive tower along the Drava, where the painter's graphic collection is housed, is also named after him. The gallery is also intended for exhibitions of contemporary art, with an emphasis on Ptuj authors.

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JADRANSKA STREET

On Jadranska ulica in the old town center, you can see interesting depictions of alleged Kurent masks on the facades of houses (Jadranska ul. 4 and 6). The facade of these houses was last restored in the 18th century.

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BAR SIMA

The legendary Sima Coffee Bar is considered the so-called Prince's Fortress, where the new Prince's Guard traditionally gathers after the inauguration at the time of St. Martin's Day. The mandate of the Prince of the Ptuj Carnival lasts for two years. Inside the Sima bar, it is possible to relive the memories of the past Kurentovanja in Ptuj, as the walls are decorated with many photographs and memorial plaques on the theme of carnival in the city.

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GOSTIŠČE PRI TONETU

In the popular Ptuj coaching inn with a long tradition, you can meet a life-size Kurent in the lobby of the inn. While admiring Kurenti, you can also try a delicious buckwheat cake according to a home-made recipe or some other traditional dish from the rich menu.

Sweet-Toothed Carnival

Carnival season is the time for indulging in vices, which is confirmed by the fact that half a million doughnuts are eaten in Ptuj and its surrounding during Kurentovanje. Always available for the Carnival are also angel wings and sweet fried dough balls. Kurent’s soup is a special local delicacy that the local chefs have recently revived based on old recipes. This is a traditional dish made of goose mat, grated egg noodles and assorted soup vegetables. It is also hard to imagine the Carnival season without traditional dishes, such as sausages, blood sausages, and brined meat with sauerkraut or turnips.

Sweet-Toothed Carnival

That Carnival is a real holiday of culinary sins is confirmed by the fact that in Ptuj and its surroundings, as many as half a million donuts are crunchy during Kurentovanje. Faithful companions of the carnival are also the carnival flans and mice. A very special culinary specialty, which according to old recipes has been revived in recent years by Ptuj caterers, is the so-called Kurent soup. It is a traditional dish of goose meat, grated porridge and various soup vegetables. Also, carnival time cannot be imagined without traditional dishes such as roasts, blood sausages, brine with sauerkraut or turnip.

Experience the festival. Experience Ptuj

Whether summer or winter, Ptuj offers cultural experiences 365 days a year. A walk through the oldest Slovenian town takes you past Roman monuments to the beautiful facades of medieval buildings. Paved streets and squares lead to one of the most magnificent castles in Slovenia, from where the view extends to a mosaic of brick roofs of medieval buildings, monasteries and churches.

Experience the festival. Experience Ptuj

Whether summer or winter, Ptuj offers cultural experiences 365 days a year. A walk through the oldest Slovenian town takes you past Roman monuments to the beautiful facades of medieval buildings. Paved streets and squares lead to one of the most magnificent castles in Slovenia, from where the view extends to a mosaic of brick roofs of medieval buildings, monasteries and churches.

History of Ptuj

At the lively crossroads of trade routes, where it was possible to cross the Drava safely, people settled as early as the end of the third millennium BC. In the late Iron Age, the area was inhabited by Celts, and the city experienced its greatest prosperity with the arrival of the Romans. At that time, in the area of Poetovione, which was one of the most important seats of the Roman army, archaeologists estimate that about 30,000 people lived there.

In the middle of the 5th century, the territory was ravaged by the Huns, and the unoccupied territory was gradually invaded by the Slavs. At the end of the 8th century, Ptuj came under Frankish rule, and towards the end of the 9th century, the Archdiocese of Salzburg took over power.

History of Ptuj

At the lively crossroads of trade routes, where it was possible to cross the Drava safely, people settled as early as the end of the third millennium BC. In the late Iron Age, the area was inhabited by Celts, and the city experienced its greatest prosperity with the arrival of the Romans. At that time, in the area of Poetovione, which was one of the most important seats of the Roman army, archaeologists estimate that about 30,000 people lived there.

In the middle of the 5th century, the territory was ravaged by the Huns, and the unoccupied territory was gradually invaded by the Slavs. At the end of the 8th century, Ptuj came under Frankish rule, and towards the end of the 9th century, the Archdiocese of Salzburg took over power.