*ALL IMAGES BY: RIJEKA 2020 / BORKO VUKOSAV. Only 13 km from Opatija, Croatia's largest port city of Rijeka is the 2020 European Capital of Culture, with a program encompassing the surrounding regions.

Rijeka – Europe’s Culture Capital for 2020

February 01, 2020 – late February, 2021 

In 2020, Croatia’s largest port city Rijeka, becomes the European Capital of Culture, the same year that the Croatian Presidency chairs the Council of the European Union.

Rijeka’s year-long creative and cultural program Port of Diversity is the central focus of activities during this period, kicking off on February 1, 2020.

The vast and exciting project will see over 600 art, cultural and festival events throughout the city and surrounding region, reflecting three key themes of: water, work and migration. It also involves over 250 local and international partner organisations in the program’s implementation.

Lungomare Art is one of the thematic segments of the cultural program, featuring 11 permanent art installations around this locale by renowned Croatian and international creatives, inspired by the Kvarner region.

The European Capital of Culture award puts the host city in the international spotlight and provides the opportunity for urban renewal, with investments in the renovation of heritage industrial buildings for cultural purposes, creating a legacy for ongoing cultural development and activity beyond 2020.

The City of Rijeka will gain a new city museum, city library and the first of its kind in Croatia – a Children’s House – an interactive, multimedia and creative hub just for kids.