The pounding rhythm of rebellion and change has always echoed through Rijeka. Some of the most prominent names on the Croatian music and art scenes hail from Rijeka. And in 2020, the denizens of Rijeka, as well as the entire region of this once-powerful industrial city, speak through art about the city’s immense effect on the thriving Croatian creative scene and its attempt to reinvent itself for the 21st century in the best way possible.
These global topical issues, which are particularly relevant to Europe, will be addressed across the following seven flagships: Sweet & Salt, Lungomare Art, Kitchen of Diversity, Dopolavoro, Times of Power, Children’s House and 27 Neighbourhoods.
Some of the names involved are Idis Turato, Igor Eškinja, Damir Martinović Mrle, Numen/For Use and Davor Sanvincenti, while certain parts of the city are being made into art oases with permanent installations and projects that will transform Rijeka into a brand new metropolis, as has been the case with most capitals of culture.
The drawing of funds for the development of the capital will create a spill-over effect on rural regions, which is why some of the programmes will take place in Lošinj, Brseč, Crikvenica, Lopar, Baška, Lovranska Draga and other Rijeka “neighbourhoods”.
A portion of the funds will be invested in infrastructure projects. This means that the former Rikard Benčić factory will become a new shrine of culture in Rijeka, while institutions such as the Rijeka City Museum, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, City Library and the Children’s House will become centrepieces of cultural life in Rijeka, following their makeover.