Kvarner newsletter / no 9

Rijeka
Eventful autumn of culture

The beginning of October is also the start of the new season at the Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre, named after the famous Croatian composer (1832-1914). Two weeks later, the presentation of a new theatre curtain will mark the beginning of the event entitled Zajc’s Days. Local people and visitors to Rijeka can look forward to enjoying a really eventful autumn of cultural and sporting events.

Ceremonial opening of the 2008/2009 season in the Ivan pl. Zajc Croatian National Theatre in Rijeka will include the premiere of The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas, which will remain in the repertoire until the 10th of October. The traditional musical and stage event entitled Zajc’s Days starts on the 18th of October, this year characterised by the premiere of the Sunčanica opera by the Croatian composer Boris Papandopulo. The programme also includes the children’s opera The Bee Maja by Bruno Bjelinski, and the opera Ero s onog svijeta by Jakov Gotovac. The Rijeka Philharmonic Symphonic Orchestra will present the Evening of Croatian composers.
The Kalvarija Cultural Centre has a rich repertoire of comedies, also announcing a big Halloween Party with special guests and horror surprises for the 31st of October. The galleries, museums and reading rooms will host various events and lectures. Numerous music shows take place in the Stereo Hall – let us just mention some of them: Valkiri-Mandrili charity rock concert on the 7th October, AJS Nigrutin & Timbe hip-hop party on the 11th October, Pozor!Elektronika electro party on the 18th October, Nightgrooves with D.A.V.E. the Drummer techno party on the 25th October, concert by Massimo Savić on the 30th October, and the Vibnete With Miss Jools electro party on the 31st October.
We should not forget numerous sports events. From the 10th to 12th October, Grobnik Automotodrom will host the Moto Happening, and on the 11th and 12th October the Kantrida Swimming Pool will host the Victoria – Primorje International Swimming Meeting. Sports enthusiast are also invited to numerous basketball, handball, volleyball, or bowling matches –and much more.