Mednarodni simpozij pripovedovanja

   International storytelling symposium
HOME | PTUJ, SLOVENIA 14.7. - 21.7.2013

Why Slovenia?

Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe. In the Middle Ages, this was a position between the grail's East and knighthood's West. Culturally and historically, the time was ripe for Wolfram von Eschenbach to recreate anew the unfinished myth of the Holy Grail by Chrétien de Troyes, which he used as an inspiration. Von Eschenbach developed a sixteen-volume epic with language of high aesthetic value, spiritual strength, and an incredibly precise outer and inner structure of the story of a hero's journey, showing his transformation from naïveté through doubt into a universal man. The exact places mentioned in the epic can still be recognized in Slovenia today; these include Rohas (Rogatec), Zilli (Celje), Graien (Grajena near Ptuj) and, most importantly, Gandin (Hajdina), after which Parzival's grandfather was named. This means that the poet was familiar with this area, at the very least.


Slovenia lies at the juncture of four cultural currents and geographical units, between east and west, and north and south. It has a population of two million and is one of the youngest members of the EU. The country of Slovenia was born on 25 June 1991. The official language is Slovenian, which has special features and fifty local dialects within seven large dialect groups. The national archive preserves more than 15,000 traditional songs that tell the story of Slovenia's roots. Traditional Slovenian singing—part songs that are sung by heart—is still alive. The first international storytelling symposium was held in 1994 in Kozjak. Cultural heritage is finding its way back to the youngest generations.

Ptuj is one of the oldest Slovenian towns. The heart of ancient Poetoviona, with its hill and castle, is reflected on the water of the Drava River, where the echo of the centuries flows from the Iron and Bronze Ages, the Celts, the Roman Empire and Mithraism, Attila and the Huns, and the settlements of the Slavic people, up to present-day Slovenia.

In the Middle Ages, knighthood was very much a part of life here. Wolfram von Eschenbach (ca. 1170–1220) lived in Ptuj and the surrounding area, and he was able to eternalize it in the epic poem of Parzival.

The town of Ptuj has many facilities, including the Terme spa center and nearby places with many vineyards. It is an outstanding travel choice, a rich destination filled with stories.


Info point

PAJN, Institute for Sustainable Living, Ljoba Jenče
M: +386 41 430 224


Tanja Srečkovič
T: +386 (0)2 748 02 64


Daily tickets are available at:
TIC PTUJ, Slovenski trg 5, Ptuj, Tel.: +386 2 779 6011
CENTER DESTINACIJE, Pot v Toplice 9, 2250 Ptuj, Tel.: +386 2 778 8780


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