Cultural programme

The cultural programme in 2020 introduces Rijeka and its distinctive features to Europe, while at the same time placing current European cultural and social issues at the forefront. The three main programme themes were chosen as symbols of the intertwining identities of Rijeka and contemporary Europe: water, work and migration. These themes appear in the programme in a variety of ways – exhibits, shows, operas, conferences, concerts, festivals, visits by international and Croatian artists, projects undertaken by local associations, the renovation of spaces and the installation of sculptures, book promotions and meet-and-greets with the citizens of Rijeka, the region, Croatia and Europe.

More than 250 programmes featuring over 600 individual events will take place in 2020. Over 250 partner organisations have been involved in the organisation of the programme, with partners and artists arriving from 40 European countries and the rest of the world.

Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme – 1st Edition

Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture Programme – 2nd Expanded Edition


The cultural and artistic programme of Rijeka 2020 - European Capital of Culture is defined by three themes. They are water, work and migration.


The cultural programme is divided into seven intertwined thematic segments, or flagships. Each flagship includes a series of separate events and has been developed in cooperation with numerous domestic and foreign partners.