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The 2013-2020 Strategy of Cultural Development of the City of Rijeka was developed in 2012. Following a broad public debate, it was adopted on 19 March 2013 by the City of Rijeka City Council with a view to modernising the system of financing and management of culture and instigating a number of changes in the management of the city's cultural resources.
Bid book Croatia English
In 2020, Europe will designate the first Capital of Culture from Croatia, a country still synon- ymous with insecurity, hardship and war, for everything that frightens Europe. That is pre-cisely why Europe needs Rijeka, a city known for remaining an oasis of normality in an abnormal context, primarily during the 1990s. This stub- bornness is what gives Rijeka its European and cultural determinant, although it is barely known. Rijeka is a somewhat tired city that needs to re-imagine itself. In this way, Rijeka needs Europe. We have to reach beyond our own habitual memories and narratives, as a thriv- ing port, a prospering industrial city, because that city simply does not exist any longer. It slid away at the end of the last century, together with 25,000 lost jobs, leaving aban- doned halls, chimneys and power plants. We need different eyes, encounters with the Other, an identity of curiosity and solidarity. We need a common project to gather us in our desire to invent the future rather than wait for it.
Other Croatia English
Rijeka is a city of the unobtrusive existence of diversity, a symbol of inclusivity and openness, at the heart of the natural and cultural diversity of Kvarner and Gorski Kotar. A city whose citizens on the whole nurture the original human impulse of tolerance, acceptance and connection. It was selected as a European Capital of Culture for 2020 because it offered a superb artistic and cultural programme in which Europe can find a different expression. Rijeka, the centre of the blue-green Primorje- Gorski Kotar County and the largest Croatian port, is a vibrant blend of the harshness of the port and industry and the magnificent splendour of fine architecture, the influence of Austria, Hungary, Italy and Yugoslav modernism. Its power of acceptance has developed over a turbulent history — in the last one hundred years, this city and the people who make it have lived in as many as seven different countries, therefore, few in the world can compare to Rijeka. On that same track, the future was never taken for granted, but always done dialogically, carefully, and with the questioning of every intention, even in the case of the best of intentions. Today's Rijeka has grown into a true port of diversity. And it is inexhaustible, just as is inscribed in its name and on its coat of arms.