Rijeka – Luxembourg Have we packed freedom into a container in which we enjoy it ourselves or together with friends, while forgetting, however, that freedom develops in society?

Traditionally, Rijeka has a reputation in Croatia of being a liberal, open-minded trading centre on the Adriatic coast. In the film, people in the arts and culture, philosophers and activists ask whether the city and its arts scene are doing enough to live up to this reputation. They wonder what can be done within the framework of the Freiraum project to counteract the rise of conservative forces, to preserve and even expand existing freedoms and to rethink the notion of purely individual freedom.



The Luxembourg-Rijeka tandem have launched a two-part project on the subject of freedom called "Luxflux" ("flux" because "Rijeka" means "river" in Croatian).

In the first part, Luxembourg will address the nature of public space. Public space in European cities has evolved into a realm accessible to all, but its value depends on whether people are actually motivated to use it and fill it with life. So the partners are looking into the quality of public space and asking: How do we design public space so people will feel like using it and spending time there? Where are realms of freedom lacking? These questions will be explored in two workshops in Luxembourg organized by the project partners: the Institut Pierre Werner, the University of Luxemburg, und the Luxembourg Center for Architecture.

The second part of the project is about how our society can safeguard individual liberties. Socio-economic status – social background, educational level, occupation – often predetermines the liberties we enjoy and renders some liberties meaningless to those who are unable to exercise them. A workshop in Rijeka, organized by the Goethe-Institut and its project partner, the Drugo More cultural institute, will explore these issues. The results of the workshop will be brought together in a project presentation, merging the Croatian and Luxembourgian viewpoints into a joint perspective that turns an initially analytical approach into an artistic and pragmatic one.

In The Place, It Has a Name, writer Ian De Toffoli, actress Elsa Rauch and artist Lisa Khol have teamed up to define Freiraum and what it means to each of us. The trio will present their piece, composed of elements of theatre and performance art, in Rijeka in November 2018 and in Luxembourg in March 2019.

(September 2018)

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  • A Street in the fog © Ian de Toffoli
    A Street in the fog
  • Red Building © Bojan Mrdenovic
    Red Building
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  Photos of the event Luxflux Rijeka on November 30, 2018 in the gallery Filodrammatica.
  • Luxflux Rijeka 1 © Tanja Kanazir
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