Guardian ranks Kamnik heritage festival among Europe's best

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The National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Days, held each September in Kamnik, have been ranked one of the 20 great traditional festivals in Europe by the British newspaper Guardian.

The Guardian says that the festival displays the diversity of Slovenia's cultural heritage, which has some 50 dialects and 24 distinct culinary regions.

The highlight of the festival, which will be held for the 48th time between 6 and 9 September, is the final parade, which features some 2,000 individuals and groups wearing lavish regional costumes.

"We are thrilled that such a world-known media outlet has recognised the National Costumes and Clothing Heritage Days as one of the best festivals in Europe," said Božena Peterlin, the head of the local tourism, sport and culture board, which organises the festival.

She added that the festival, which attracts more than 30,000 visitors to the town every year, "is a tradition that not only Kamnik but the whole Slovenia may be proud of".

The Guardian describes Kamnik as a "charming medieval gateway to the Alps, and the beer capital of Slovenia, with six award-winning microbreweries in a town of just 13,000".

Source: STA