Tradition

Entry of the Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti 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 the Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Tradition

Entry of the Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti 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 the Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

Kurentovanje in Ptuj

11-21 February 2023

2. 2. 2023
Thursday, at midnight, the homestead of Zvonka Križaj - the second prince of the carnival Zoki Matevža, Spuhlje (Budina)
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The beginning of the carnival season is heralded by a particularly mystical event. At midnight and by the glow of the fire, the curents put on their bells for the first time and begin to ward off winter and evil by ringing loudly.
3. 2. 2023
Friday, Kurentova hiša / Murkova ulica 7, 15:00
Opening of Kurent's house
The opening of the KURENT HOUSE places Kurent/Korant in a place of historical importance. It is the result of the efforts of interested societies that have been preserving the heritage of Kurent/Korant and its rituals. The idea for the Kurent House was conceived and realized by the Association of Kurent Societies, which comprises 25 societies with over 1,100 members.
3. 2. 2023
Friday, 12:00 p.m., Ptuj cellar
Presentation of Mistik wine
Mistik wine is a mystical wine. Each vintage is special, different and mystical. Every year, grapes from a single vineyard (single vineyard) and also from other varieties, grown and matured according to various technological procedures in the wine temple of Ptujska kleti and for the seventh year the fruit of the cooperation of the Association of Kurentov and Ptujska kleti.
11. 2. 2023
Saturday, 11:00 a.m., procession route
Opening ethnic procession
Don't miss a unique ethnographic experience that offers a valuable insight into picturesque carnival customs from near and far. On the streets and squares of Ptuj, you will be accompanied by many traditional carnival characters, such as kurents, spearmen, gypsies, ploughmen, Russians, pizzerias, bears and others. The handover of power takes place at 11:00.
12. 2. 2023
Sunday, 18:00, Town Square
Meet indigenous carnival characters and masks
POKAČI, RUSA, KURENTI and KORANTI Ptuj is the capital of ethnography, where you can meet traditional carnival characters in an intimate atmosphere. In the evenings, you can see them in the heart of the oldest Slovenian city from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
13. 2. 2023
Monday, 18:00, Town Square
Meet indigenous carnival characters and masks
PLOWERS, BABA DEDA NOSI, KURENTS and KORANTI Ptuj is the capital of ethnography, where you can meet traditional carnival characters in an intimate atmosphere. In the evenings, you can see them in the heart of the oldest Slovenian city from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
14. 2. 2023
Tuesday, 18:00, Town Square
Meet indigenous carnival characters and masks
GYPSIES, JÜREK AND RABOLJ, PLOHARS, KURENTS and KORANTS Ptuj is the capital of ethnography, where you can meet traditional carnival characters in an intimate atmosphere. In the evenings, you can see them in the heart of the oldest Slovenian city from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
15. 2. 2023
Wednesday, 16:30 and 17:30, Town Square
Day of Kurent and Korant groups
Every year during Kurentovanje, Wednesday is reserved for the Day of kurent and korant groups, at 4:30 p.m. the City Square will be flooded with children, and at 5:30 p.m. hundreds of horned and feathered kurents/korants. Organizer of the event: Federation of Kurent Societies, co-organizer: Zavod za turizem Ptuj
16. 2. 2023
Thursday, 18:00, Town Square
Meet indigenous carnival characters and masks
KOPJAŠI, VILE, PICEKI, BEARS, KURENTS and KORANTI Ptuj is the capital of ethnography, where you can meet traditional carnival characters in an intimate atmosphere. In the evenings, you can see them in the heart of the oldest Slovenian city from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
17. 2. 2023
Friday, 18:00, Town Square
A night spectacle
The night has its own power - even for the carnival! It will attract many mysterious characters to the carnival-decorated streets of Ptuj and conjure up a spectacular play of darkness and light.
18. 2. 2023
Saturday, 11:00 a.m., Town Square
City carnival promenade
The procession of dressed-up citizens has its beginnings as early as 1873 and is a living proof of how deeply the carnival is rooted in the life of the city of Ptuj. Put on a bourgeois outfit or an eye mask and join the dance.
19. 2. 2023
Sunday, 1:00 p.m., procession route
International Carnival Parade
Book your appointment today for the peak of Kurentovanija! The streets and squares of Ptuj will be flooded with a procession of thousands of carnival masks and traditional characters who will tell stories about the past, the future and the present. The parade is followed by a party with the Karneval band.
20. 2. 2023
Monday, 10:00 a.m., procession route
A procession of children from kindergartens
The children's carnival parade is co-organized with the Ptuj Kindergarten. It is attended by children of the 2nd age group from entire Slovenia, which awaken the spring in the streets of the oldest Slovenian city.
20.2.2023
Monday, 18:00, Town Square
Meet indigenous carnival characters and masks
KURENTI and KORANTI Ptuj is the capital of ethnography, where you can meet traditional carnival characters in an intimate atmosphere. In the evenings, you can see them in the heart of the oldest Slovenian city from approximately 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
21. 2. 2023
Tuesday, 12:00 p.m., Old Town and Town Square
Shrove Tuesday and Burial Shrove
In Ptuj, the farewell to Carnival is especially festive. At noon, we put off work and join the parties in the city and its bars. You too join the unique urban carnival that drags on into the late evening hours. From 12:00, DJ Stanč will take care of the entertainment. The handover of power takes place at 17:00, and the burial of the carnival at 18:00.
11. 2. 2023
Saturday, from 8:00 a.m., announcement of results: 1:00 p.m., Novi trg (at Gostilna pri Pošta)
Traditional charity Obarjada of the Lions Club of Ptuj
It will smell like stew - and charity. Humanitarian, with a touch of carnival and moments of happiness for those who need them the most. Organizer: Lions club Ptuj
11. 2. 2023
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Old Town
Ex-tempore Ptuj Carnival 2023: Art colony
Art colony as part of the Ex-tempore Ptuj carnival 2023. Artists will capture the carnival pulse of the oldest Slovenian city on canvas. Organizer: Jernej Forbici, KUD Art Stays
18. 2. 2022
Saturday, 10 a.m., Magistrat Gallery
Ex-tempore Ptuj Carnival 2023: Opening of the exhibition
International Art Award Ex-tempore Ptuj Carnival 2023. Awarding of prizes to the winners and opening of the exhibition of their current production on the occasion of the 63rd Kurentovanje. Organizer/Organizer: Jernej Forbici, KUD Art Stays

News

PUBLIC NOTICE OF TEMPORARY AND COMPLETE CLOSURES OF STATE AND LOCAL ROADS
Carnival Ball - Carnival Saturday with dinner
The route of the procession
TENDER AND APPLICATION FORM FOR RENT OF A HOUSE, SELLING SPACE FOR A FOOD TRUCK OR STANDS
APPLICATION FORMS - KURENTOVANJE 2023
KURENTOVANJE 2023
PUBLIC NOTICE OF TEMPORARY AND COMPLETE CLOSURES OF STATE AND LOCAL ROADS
Carnival Ball - Carnival Saturday with dinner
The route of the procession
TENDER AND APPLICATION FORM FOR RENT OF A HOUSE, SELLING SPACE FOR A FOOD TRUCK OR STANDS
APPLICATION FORMS - KURENTOVANJE 2023
KURENTOVANJE 2023

Experience Kurentovanje

Ptuj is a city where thousands of years of history, heritage and culture are intertwined. Kurentovanje takes the highest place among the most visited experiences, when the city is transformed into the largest open-air ethnographic museum of intangible cultural heritage. It is an excellent opportunity not only to see the largest international carnival festival in Slovenia, but also to experience the many experiences that the oldest Slovenian city has to offer.

Experience Kurentovanje

Ptuj is a city where thousands of years of history, heritage and culture are intertwined. Kurentovanje takes the highest place among the most visited experiences, when the city is transformed into the largest open-air ethnographic museum of intangible cultural heritage. It is an excellent opportunity not only to see the largest international carnival festival in Slovenia, but also to experience the many experiences that the oldest Slovenian city has to offer.

Find a current!

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, you can meet the kurent/korant over time in the collection of traditional carnival characters, as well as many other traditional carnival masks from the Ptuj and Drava fields, Haloz and Slovenske gorice. In the TIC, you can get tourist information, a map of the city and its surroundings, as well as 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.

Find a current!

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

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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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ethnofest

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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ethnofest

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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ethnofest

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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ethnofest

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.

6
ethnofest

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.

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 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.

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