Lungomare Art: Rijeka 2020 Opens Balthazargrad Baths on Grcevo Beach

Lauren Simmonds

Copyright Romulic and Stojcic
Rijeka, Croatia
Rijeka, Croatia

The Balthazargrad Baths open on July the 18th as part of the Rijeka 2020 programme which was greatly enfeebled by the coronavirus pandemic on the popular Grčevo (Šestica, Pajol) beach in Pećine.

As Morski writes on the 17th of July, 2020, this is one of ten installations that are being opened in various places along the coast in Primorje-Gorski Kotar County as part of the Lungomare Art programme, under the supervision of curator Michal Kolecek. The Balthazargrad Baths will open in cooperation with the Children’s House programme, and the opening is an integral part of the Toboggan Children’s Festival, which is currently underway.

Students of the Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka, Antonela Brenko, Klara Dujmović, Katarina Kožul and Gea Rajić, under the mentorship of artist and professor Igor Eškinja, designed and created works of art that will adorn the area of ​​Grčevo beach, all within the spatial practice course established precisely for this opportunity and funded through the Rijeka 2020 European Capital of Culture project.

The young artists were inspired by the theme of Professor Balthazar, and as such, their works invite both interaction and play. Grčevo beach, which is known for being not only a popular place for swimming, but is also used as a gathering place, a forum for discussions and cultural events, is now becoming the official city beach of ”Balthazargrad”.

The opening programme includes a musical performance by Marin Alvir from the band “Marinada” and the Kastav painter Saša Jantolek, the authors of the “Barbajol” picture book, which will be presented on the beach with a concert and illustrations.

The band “Marinada” will perform songs from the picture book itself, so the audience will be able to hear how their vision of children’s music sounds in reality.

The protocol part of the opening of the swimming pool will follow at 19:30, followed by a concert by the aforementioned band at 20:30, which will present a repertoire of songs from the band’s career, which has lasted for seventeen years and is adorned with musical experimentation.

The Academy of Applied Arts in Rijeka is the main partner of Rijeka 2020 in the Balthazargrad Baths project.

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