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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.
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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.