In 2020, during the Croatian EU Presidency, Rijeka will be European Capital of Culture. One of the first events to take place ahead of the official program is the General Assembly of the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). The Jury members from 16 countries will meet from 17-20 January in the Croatian City. The meeting is organized by Unison – Croatian Music Alliance.
Nestled between the Mediterranean, Central European and Eastern European influences, Rijeka has been part of as many as seven different countries over the past century of its development. A small-scale Europe of sorts, it has become a place for dynamic life, a symbol of the spirit of libertarian and progressive ideas, and a city where everyone is always welcome.
As part of the European Capital of Culture project in 2020, Rijeka is building and opening new cultural buildings and facilities, which are co-financed by EU funds, and offering over 600 cultural, art and other events that involve more than 250 cultural institutions and organisations from Croatia and 40 other countries from Europe and the rest of the world.