The Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture Kitchen flagship invites citizens of Rijeka and their guests to socialise as part of the Rijeka Liberation Day celebration on 3 May at RiHub and Palach.

The aim of the Free Rijeka programme is to commemorate the day of remembrance of all the victims of fascist terror with decorum, so that the spirit of anti-fascism can be passed onto the younger generations and remain in the collective memory. The idea is to raise awareness in the public of anti-fascist values and the people who gave their lives for a free Croatia via culture, art, student activism, local organisation programmes, the underground scene and the “Working-Class Food for the Civic Palate” initiative of cooking free meals for the community. Today, anti-fascism is no longer viewed as just an old struggle, but as a new and uniting strength. The Battle of Rijeka was one of the most difficult and complex campaigns in the final stages of WWII and Liberation Day is celebrated in order to commemorate 3 May 1945 as the day Rijeka was finally liberated.

We will be singing anti-fascist songs with local and regional choirs of all ages in Palach, while food will be provided by the Antifa Kitchen. Before the festivities in Palach, RiHub will host an exhibition of radical magazines and fanzines from Giovanni Morbin’s collection, as well as a talk with the editors and journalists from erstwhile and current cult youth and independent media (Arkzin, Val, Zin Zin, Slobodni Filozofski).

Schedule of events

4 pm – 5:30 pm
Panel discussion on youth and independent publishing: Anti-fascism then and now
6 pm – 7 pm
Opening of the anarcho-communist and situationist fanzine exhibition from Giovanni Morbin’s collection


7:30 pm – 10 pm
Partisan and anti-fascist song concert + cooking for the community