In December 2017, at the 12th session of the UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the “Door-to- door rounds of Kurenti” were inscribed to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
This was the final stepping stone in the years-long efforts of the city of Ptuj and Repulic of Slovenia, representing a historical achievement in the efforts to preserving our national cultural heritage and is at the same time positioning Kurent on the prestigious world map of cultural heritage.
The former mayor of Ptuj, Mr. Miran Senčar, said the following at the enlisting of Kurent to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity: “First of all, I want to thank all the generations of Kurents and Korants, who have been preserving the cultural heritage of Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti for centuries, and to all the organizations and individuals, who put their countless efforts into ensuring Kurent’s enlistment on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. I would also like to pass my gratitude to all the other carnival and ethnographic groups and characters, which are an indispensable part of Ptuj’s carnival tradition. The fact that Door-to-door rounds of Kurenti became part of the world most prominent cultural heritage treasures is a great honour.”
The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is one of the most noticeable international means of preserving intangible cultural heritage. Intangible cultural heritage of humanity consists of practices, presentations, knowledges, skills and instruments, objects, products, and cultural areas, which are a known part of cultural heritage for communities, groups and individuals. Vice-president of the Federation of European Carnival Cities and president of the Kurentovanje International Festival Mr. Branko Brumen said that Kurent and its rituals establish Ptuj and Slovenia as a destinations, respecting and caring for the centuries-long tradition of cultural heritage and ethnographic spirituality of humanity: “Ethnographic cultural heritage presents an essential ground for the creation of cultural identity and heritage of individuals, cities, nations and humanity. That is why the protection, care and preservation of this heritage are crucial for generations to come.”