Every year during the summer months, from 30th June to 27 July, the squares, streets and terraces of Rijeka are turned into theatre stages. Popular town locations, but also places that the citizens of Rijeka themselves find it difficult to envisage as a possible stage for actors and theatre props, are for a few weeks turned over to artists of a widely diverse styles of musical and scenic expression. The Festival program comprises everything, from classical drama productions, premieres of more recent works for drama theatre and concerts of classical music, to street theatres and concerts of pop stars. One of the crucial parts of the Festival is probing into the contemporary relations between the industrial architecture and theatre, which is why some of the productions are staged in the premises of old industrial plants.
This year’s festival was opened by a unique spectacle titled "From Prometheus to Galileo", accompanied by spectacular fireworks unseen until now in Croatia, the French artistic troupe "Ephemere" has opened the sixth edition of the Rijeka Summer Nights Festival.
All tighter thirteen locations will host this summer's Festival programme, which this year includes, three new venues: the shipyard "3. maj", the Cathedral of St. Vitus and the swimming-pool complex at Kantrida.
The closing ceremony of Rijeka Summer Nights will take place at the new swimming-pool complex at Kantrida on 23 July, on which occasion the music and stage spectacle will take place.