Cleveland Kurentovanje goes digital for 2021


CLEVELAND, Ohio – This year Cleveland Kurentovanje will move to a virtual format.

The Slovenian festival has been held in the St. Clair-Superior district of Cleveland since 2013 and attracts thousands of participants every year. It becomes one of the largest winter events in Northeast Ohio.

These crowds would be of concern due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is why the event has been switched to a digital environment instead.

The same fun that the Slovenian National Hall normally does will still take place in the new virtual format. This year’s festival features live music, cooking demonstrations, a special beer release, and a 5K race. Costumed, blurry Kurentan monsters will also show up as they scare away the winter season and welcome spring.

In addition to the virtual events, the organization has set up a pen pal exchange program and matchmaking activity for singles for February. Runners can also register for a virtual 5K race this month.

Events can be viewed on Facebook, YouTube and the Cleveland Kurentovanje website. They’re free, but some require pre-registration.

Check out the events below and find more information at

-11am, February 6th: Mushrooms: a Slovenian foraging tradition

3 p.m., February 6: Cooking with Cleveland Kurentovanje: Kremšnite

1:00 p.m., February 7: story time and singing along

2:30 p.m. February 7: Build Your Own Kurent Craft with Free Kit

-9 a.m., 7.-9. February, February 8th: Slovenian film stream: “My last year as a loser” (original title: “Ne Bom Več Luzerka”) and “Real Pest” (original title: “To So. Gadi”)

-6 p.m., February 8: Slovenian Culture Day on the occasion of Prešeren Day. Slovenian literature, poetry and musical performances.

-7 a.m., February 9: Cooking with Cleveland Kurentovanje: Strudel

February 10, 6 p.m .: Information event on Slovenian dual citizenship

-7: 30 am, February 10th: “Traditional Carnival in Slovenia and its changes over time” presented by the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum

-7 a.m., February 11: Cooking with Cleveland Kurentovanje: Dumplings

-8 am, February 12th: The “Kurent Jump” – musical entertainment and Kurentan performances

-11: 00-17: 00, February 13: Kurentovanje Pivo beer is released with Collision Bend Brewing. Food and drinks are available on site or to take away

-7 am, February 13th: Virtual Kurentovanje concert with the Chardon Polka Band, Bob Kravos and the Boys in the Band

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