STAMPED: Letters from Rijeka | art
15 July @ 11:00 am - 29 July @ 5:00 pm| Free
Rijeka – Galway’s Capital of Culture sister – is an industrial city in the western part of Croatia that many have not yet heard of. But you must have heard of Carpathia, a ship that came to Titanic’s rescue? 76 Croats were on it at the time due to Carpathia sailing towards Rijeka when the ship received the distress call. Rijeka also carries a turbulent history being a part of six different countries in just the last 100 years. Rijeka – otherwise known as the biggest Croatian port, as well as Yugoslavian at the time but also Trieste’s counterpart during the Austro-Hungarian rule – is in many ways very much similar to Galway. And at the same time, not at all. Both cities are known for strong winds and gutsy people. And we must never forget about the people.
Galway City Gallery is hosting an exhibition of letters written for us by various artists situated in Rijeka. However, this is not a one-way street, as, at the same time, a similar exhibition will be held in Rijeka. Just north of Rijeka’s main pedestrian street – much similar to Shop Street – and right next to the Archaeological Park, there is a charming café named Cukarikafe, known between locals by just Cukar (Sugar). The pastel tones and artwork on the walls signed by painter Vanja Tataj give it a romantic and recognizable look in a shabby chic style.
Apart from the classic coffee, this charming place offers a wide selection of crafted beers, teas, fresh juices… But what makes Cukarikafe so special is a large variety of events, so it is not unusual to come across an exhibition, a handicraft fair, a concert or a French-themed evening. This summer, in co-operation with Galway Fringe Festival and Galway City Gallery, Cukarikafe will be presenting letters written by Irish artists.
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