Rijeka, Croácia

Being in a recess of the Adriatic Sea and the largest port in Croatia, water is of fundamental importance in the history of Rijeka.

Its identity began to be shaped by the peoples of Celtic Tarstica and the Illyrian tribe of Liburns, followed by a Roman intervention, who named it Flumem, and then by the Franks, Hungarians, Italians and Croats. It is, therefore, a region of many influences and of great cultural wealth, with several reasons for visiting.

For the programming as candidate to European Capital of Culture, Rijeka chose three essential themes presente in the contemporary society: water, work and migration.

Taking into account the changes caused by the pandemic in the Rijeka 2020 schedule, it was decided to extend it until April 2021 and not to present the cities previously planned for this year.

Visit the official website here.

Galway, Irlanda

In recent times Galway became known for a song by the musician Ed Sheeran and its videoclip, however, this is a city wich has a long history and ancient traditions.

It became known as the “city of tribes”, as it was ruled in the Middle Ages by 14 tribes, and even today it maintains the Gaelic language present in the customs of some inhabitants. Three universities highly garantee its animation, proven by the numerous festivals, cultural events and, of course, in the pubs and nightclubs.

Galway programme for European Capital of Culture is based on the celta timeframe, dividing activities according to its cycles. Language, landscape and migration are the themes taken into accocunt.

Taking into account the changes caused by the pandemic in the Galway 2020 schedule, it was decided to extend it until April 2021 and not to present the cities previously planned for this year.

Visit the official website here.