Every town has its own little Montmartre. And I’m not talking about the hill, or the view; I’m talking about the place where artists gather. The smaller the town, the smaller the Montmartre, of course, so you don’t want to expect artistic fireworks in Rijeka’s little Montmartre, Križanićeva Street.
And it’s not really the history of the place, but more the local government’s policy that vacant places in the ground floor should be given out for a small monthly rent to artists for their ateliers. And artists did come, so now they have their working spaces there.
Some of those artists saw this as an opportunity to present their work to a broader audience, so they started to organize gatherings, days of opened atelier doors, and even concerts, so if you are lucky to be in Rijeka at the time of one of those events, be sure to come to Križanićeva Street, because those artists haven’t got just some great art, but they also have a good snack and a glass of domestic wine — not to mention the willingness to talk about their art.
And if you don’t come to Rijeka during those types of events, don’t be sad, just take a walk in one of the most beautiful passages in Rijeka and glance through the windows. I’m sure you will see some artwork or even an artist working. Don’t feed them with sweets, it’s not good for their health.