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Rupert Parker reports back from the Kurent Festival in Ptuj.. A n historic Slovenian carnival

Kurent Festival in Ptuj. A Slovenian Classic Carnival.

Huge shaggy horned giants, wielding clubs are chasing me down the cobbled street. The noise from the huge cowbells hung from chains around their waist is deafening. They follow me through squares lined by medieval houses, monasteries and churches. This is the Kurentovanje, the Slovenian equivalent of Mardi Gras, and one of the world’s top ten carnivals.

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Shoemakers Bridge was looking particularly pretty in its Christmas party dress, all lit up and sending out fine festive feelings to the folk in Ljubljana Slovenia.. Remarkably different from its former role as the location for dunking misbehaving bakers into the cold murky Ljubljanica river back in the middle ages.

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