Program

Kurentovanje in Ptuj

11-21 February 2023

Lonely Planet singled out Kurentovanje as one of the ten best carnivals in the world, on par with those in Venice, Rio de Janeiro, and New Orleans. The carnival is an excellent opportunity to see not only the door-to-door rounds of Kurents that UNESCO put on its Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, but to also observe a number of folk and carnival parades, meet traditional and modern carnival characters, go to a masquerade and so much more. Kurentovanje features a number of parades, the carnival promenade, presentations of traditional costumes, concerts, masquerade balls, exhibitions, and so much more, divided into ArtFest, EtnoFest, and KarnevalFest.

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

Traditional ethnographic characters

Kurent
the most important ethnographic figure
Old Woman Carrying Her Man
spirits of heaven
Gypsies
from Dornava
The Devil
fear, fear, is coming
Jürek and Rabolj
from Haloze
The Trough
the straw bride
Wedding Character – the Spearman
marital character
Kurike and piceki
for a good harvest
The Mischievous Bear
from Ptuj field
Ploughmen
draw a magic circle
Log-Haulers
to enchant fertility
Carnival dancers
from Pobrežje
The Whip Crackers
for happiness and well-being
Rusas
from Ptuj field
Fairies
dancing and singing
Traditional ethnographic characters