Kurentovanje is Slovenia’s main spring cultural and ethnographic festival of national importance, the richest international Pustovanje (Shrovetide celebration) in the land. The unique Ptuj carnival legacy, which is deeply rooted in the mystical pagan character of Kurent and many other characters, is combined with attractive local features throughout the festival, such as music, dance, fashionable local cuisine and high quality wines. In the midst of all that is the breathtaking scenic Ptuj, an old town offering new experiences, where most of the events take place in all their glory.
Wearing a mask is a part of the identity of the local population. Every year it allows the locals to escape “this” word and enter a mystical one as they bring together all the features that create an unique and unforgettable experience of the Shrovetide for them and the visitors of Ptuj. Throughout the festival numerous events take place in the town’s vibrant squares and streets and its surroundings, such as ethnographic and carnival parades, presentations of ethnographic characters, concerts, dances in masks and performances. Dwellers of Ptuj live for and with Kurentovanje, and they truly represent the saying: “If you want to experience Kurentovanje, you have to live it.”