Rijeka Mayor Supports Ljubljana in Candidature for European Capital of Culture 2025
Yesterday, 22 October, Mayor Zoran Janković hosted Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel and his delegation.
They used this opportunity to sign a cooperation agreement between the cities in the area of culture and participated in the presentation of the tourism and cultural potential of Rijeka. They also expressed Ljubljana’s support for Rijeka, the European Capital of Culture 2020, and Rijeka’s support for Ljubljana, a candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2025.
Signature of agreement
With the aim of continuing to support the close and friendly relationship between the cities, they both agreed to support all cooperation in the area of culture on the basis of the principles of the free exchange of cultural values, and to encourage the collaboration of authors, artists, non-governmental organisations, cultural and art institutions, and other cultural organisations.
The cities will strive to collaborate in multidimensional, international cultural projects that will continue to establish Ljubljana and Rijeka as cultural and creative cities at the international level. Within this framework, the cities will support mutual efforts and activities connected to the European Capital of Culture initiative, particularly in forming joint cultural projects for the Rijeka – European Capital of Culture 2020 cultural programme, as well as the cultural programme of Ljubljana as a candidate for the European Capital of Culture 2025. The Rijeka ECoC 2020 and Ljubljana ECoC 2025 workgroups have already established an intense dialogue and intend to continue to do so.
Mayor Zoran Janković and Deputy Mayor Tjaša Ficko in front of the ECoC 2025 Information Point together with the Head of the Department of Culture of City of Ljubljana Mateja Demšič, the Head of the ECoC 2025 Working Group Nina Peče Grilc, Rijeka Mayor Vojko Obersnel and members of the Rijeka delegation. Photo: Nik Rovan
Rijeka in Ljubljana with a varied programme
Rijeka is the first Croatian city to be named European Capital of Culture 2020. Its slogan is “The Harbour of Diversity.”
A presentation of the Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture programme took place in Kino Šiška, while the atrium in the City Hall is displaying the Lungomare Art exhibition, which presents a new cultural and tourist route across the Kvarner Gulf, namely 11 permanent art installations by European and world-renowned artists placed in 10 locations across the Kvarner Gulf. The cultural and tourist route itself is being created within the framework of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture.
Good relations between the cities continue
Rijeka and Ljubljana were closely connected as early as 1979, when a town-twinning agreement was signed. Since then, there have been numerous exchanges in the areas of education, youth activity, sports and social development between the cities and their residents.
The mayors emphasised that good cooperation and networking between cities is crucial. Mayor Zoran Janković added that sharing good practices is essential, but even more important is maintaining the authenticity of cities. Photo: Nik Rovan