Meet the organisers

Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc Rijeka

The Croatian National Theatre Ivan pl. Zajc in Rijeka is a national theatre that consists of four companies: Croatian Drama, Italian Drama, Opera and Ballet. Having the Italian company as an integral part of the institution exemplifies the theatre’s historical appreciation of the Rijeka city minority.

The CNT’s history goes back to the 19th century, when mayor Giovanni Ciotta, in 1884, decided to pull down an old, out-of-date theatre venue and build a brand new, modern and luxurious building. He invited the famous Viennese architects Felner and Hellmer, a Venetian sculptor Augusto Benvenuti and young painters Franz March and the Klimt brothers. One of them, Gustav Klimt, later became famous worldwide, and CNT Ivan pl. Zajc holds his early works.

Nowadays the Theatre shows stage performances most nights during the year: dramas, opera, ballet and dance performances, concerts (symphonic, chamber and others), performances for children and youth, and more. Besides these, one can enjoy theatre tours, backstage tours, after talks, and open rehearsals.

The CNT is a diverse, inclusive performing arts center that engages audiences in creative processes and hosts a carefully chosen selection of contemporary theatre.

The University of Rijeka

Founded in 1973, the University of Rijeka has matured into a modern European university and center of excellence whose impact extends beyond the region. With a total of 11 faculties, 4 departments and Study of Polytechnic, together with Student centre and University library it is a research, science, and education-oriented university that supports social and economic development in the community, the City of Rijeka, and the wider region.

The University of Rijeka is a socially responsible and open university – not only to international students, teaching staff, and researchers, but also to recent developments in higher education. Their vision places the University of Rijeka within the 500 top rated European universities.

The University continuously updates its teaching methods, fosters social awareness, and attends to the needs of everyone within its academic community. Its primary value lies in connecting students, professors, and other staff members.


RIJEKA 2020 LLC was jointly founded by The City of Rijeka and the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County for the purpose of implementing the European Capital of Culture 2020 in Croatia project. The company’s goal is to independently, efficiently and transparently perform the Rijeka 2020 – ECoC cultural programme by implementing operational, programme and communication strategies.

The cultural programme in 2020. introduces Croatia and Rijeka to Europe, while at the same time placing current European cultural and social issues at the forefront. The three main programme themes were chosen as symbols of the intertwining identities of Rijeka and contemporary Europe: water, work and migration. The aforementioned themes appear in the programme in a variety of ways – exhibits, shows, operas, conferences, concerts, festivals, visits by international and Croatian artists, projects undertaken by local associations, the renovation of spaces and the installation of sculptures, book promotions and meet-and-greets with the citizens of Rijeka, the region, Croatia and Europe.

The entire programme of Rijeka 2020 – European Capital of Culture comprises about 600 events taking place in 2020. It is divided into seven thematic blocks or flagships, which deliver the specific messages of the European Capital of Culture project in Rijeka through various cultural events. Flagships: 27 Neighborhoods, Times of Power , Dopolavoro, Children’s House, Kitchen of Diversity, Lungomare Art, Sweet & Salt.


PSi is a professional association founded in 1997 to promote communication and exchange among artists, thinkers, activists and academics working in the field of performance.

Over the past decades, performance has developed as an umbrella term for scholarly as well as artistic research engaged with a wide variety of topics. The research conducted under this umbrella term is interdisciplinary and is strongly rooted in the interaction between theory and practice. It is a dynamic field of encounters rather than a discipline grounded in one particular methodology or tradition.
PSi represents this field and stimulates its development by initiating conferences and other events, by means of awards and bursaries, by facilitating the circulation of information and knowledge, through working groups dedicated to important issues in the field of performance research, by means of an archive and oral history project, and with a network and a lexicon aimed towards the further development of performance research and education in a global context.

Conference committee members:

Eylül Fidan Akinci, Sebastian Calderón Bentín, Felipe Cervera, Tracy Davis, Richard Gough, Helena Grehan, Eero Laine, Jazmin Llana, Heike Roms, Kristof van Baarle, and The Future Advisory Board: Anna Kimmel, Azadeh Sharifi and Yiota Demetriou.

Coordinated by Marin Blažević, Lada Čale Feldman, Peter Eckersall and Sean Metzger

Organization associates:

Katarina Mažuran Jurešić, Antonia Svetina and Jasmina Šegon

Communications associate:

Marlena Brdar

Website creator and administrator:

Dorian Celcer