The name Rijeka means "river" in Croatian. Rijeka is the principal seaport and the third largest city in Croatia. Historically, because of its strategic position and its excellent deep-water Port of Rijeka, the city was fiercely contested, especially among Italy, Hungary, and Croatia, changing hands and demographics many times over centuries.


Rječina, a river that flows through the city and continues into the Adriatic sea, has often, throughout history, been the border between different states. It is about 19 kilometers long, with an average width of 9–16 meters. It springs from the cave at a height of 325 meters above sea level, below the high cliff of Kičej hill. The most noticeable confluents are Sušica, Lužac, Zala, Zahumčica, Golubinka, Ričinica and Borovšćica, but they are dry for most of the year. Rječina flows through the canyon for almost half of her length. In Rijeka, the river branches into two parts: Mrtvi kanal (the old basin), and the new canal, which was built in the 19th century when Mrtvi kanal was used as a harbour.


Rijeka's economy largely depends on shipbuilding (shipyards "3. Maj" and "Viktor Lenac Shipyard") and maritime transport.


Parallel with its industrial growth, Rijeka transformed into the center of Western Croatia (Istria, the Croatian Coast and Gorski Kotar). The beginning of the 60s sees the emergence of new town quarters and the development of the suburbs. In short, towards the end of the 20th century, Rijeka is a thriving urban and industrial center, as well as the center of various growth initiatives vital to the overall development of the Republic of Croatia. Rijeka also became the seat of the newly founded Archdiocese and metropolis of Rijeka and Senj, as well as the seat of the University.

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Drugo More (the Other Sea) is a non-profit organization working in the field of contemporary arts & culture. Since its inception in 1999, the organization has been running a dynamic program centered around a close engagement with the overlap between art and wider social and political concerns. The engagement of the organization is three-fold, spanning across the local, national and international, with a marked focus on building bridges across and cross-cultural dialogues between these levels.

The organization has four permanent full-time members of staff, a small but dynamic team maintaining a high level of production with a program which encompasses exhibitions, seminars, festivals, performances and workshops.



Highlighted projects:


Refleks - lectures, discussions and round tables about contemporary culture (since October 2009 – ongoing)


Refleks is dedicated to the discourse on contemporary culture. Through different formats we try to initiate a discussion about aesthetic, ethical and organizational aspects of cultural activity. In this framework, we have welcomed, among others, Julian Henriques, Dorita Hannah, Carlos Franklin, Marcell Mars, Siniša Ilić, Bojan Đorđev, Katarzyna Krakowiak... We have organized performance of Japanese art collective Akumanoshirushi, and round tables dedicated to different topics.


Zoom Festival  – performing arts festival (since September 2010 – ongoing)


Zoom Festival was born out of the need for a distinct performing arts festival in Rijeka. We showcase works that are difficult to assign to any specific field, that combine different techniques, methods and expressions. Each year focuses on a different author, scene or topic to highlight its impact on the current state of the development of the performing arts scene.


Mine, Yours, Ours Festival – arts festival (October 2006 - ongoing)


Mine, Yours, Ours is an interdisciplinary annual arts festival engaging with topics of social interest such as ownership, transition, consumerism. In 2012, for, example, we explored the topic of Practical Utopias through various formats by bringing together theoreticians, artists and activists. The program usually includes an exhibition, a film program, performances,  strategic games, round tables, parties etc.