An interesting festival dedicated to Slavic mythology will take place in Turopolje this weekend – Perunfest – the Festival of Forgotten Fairy Tales and Folktales.
It is a celebration of the mythic arts and the magic of life itself. It is a playground for the imagination – for children as well as adults – and an escape from the mundane world. It is a journey to the romantic by-gone eras that never were, and an exploration of the fantastical realms that have always been. When you step into the Festival of Forgotten Fairy Tales and Folktales, you enter a place of wonder.
The festival is named after Perun, the highest god of the pantheon and the god of thunder and lightning in Slavic mythology.
In Slavic mythology the world was represented by a sacred tree, usually an oak, whose branches and trunk represented the living world of heavens and mortals, and its roots represented the underworld. Perun was the ruler of the living world, sky and earth, and was often symbolised by an eagle – as you can see on the poster.
The festival takes place at Lukavec, a 15-century castle in Turopolje, near Velika Gorica, and the forest around the castle. The rich programme will include workshops, school of witchcraft, exhibitions, runic alphabet workshops, plays, cosplay, storytelling, costume presentation, concert, acrobats, fire show and many other creative and entertaining events.
The festival takes place this weekend, May 27-28 in Turopolje, 4 – 11 p.m.