Rijeka, Croatia

RE:EASA will take place in Rijeka. It is the main port city and the third largest city in Croatia. It stretches between a river and the sea, between hills and the shore. Its turbulent past, unique location and a sudden rise of industry have shaped it into a city of contradictions and diversity.

The city is defined not only by seafaring and industry, but also by a lively subcultural scene. Having given birth to the first punk and rock scene in this part of Europe, Rijeka has been a prominent site for alternative culture since the fifties. The city is a collage of many landscapes, ancient and new settlements, different nations, subcultures and religions. However, Rijeka’s sudden industrial bloom was followed by a slow decay and financial collapse, leaving behind an industrial harbour complex that divides the city and separates it from the sea. Our intention is to REpurpose and REvive these spaces. The area around the river’s delta in the very centre of the city, with its abandoned complexes and factories will be the location where most of the lectures, parties and communal life of RE:EASA will be taking place.