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Impulse Festival 2020 to take place in Rijeka

One movie, two concerts and three panel discussions, all of which will take place in five locations during six days of Impulse festival. Here is the detailed program of the event.


Seventh edition of Impulse Festival in Rijeka will take place from 13-19th November 2020. It’s been over a year since festival headliners, Russian Circles and Torche, have been announced. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, both artists couldn’t make it this year, but they’ve been announced as headliners for the festival in 2021. However, in addition to the traditional records fair, movie segments and panels, the organizers managed to arrange two live performances.

It all starts on Friday, 13th of November in OKC Palach club in Rijeka, with performances from local bends Mamut, as well as two bands from Zagreb, Stonebridge and Kevlar Bikini.

Stonebridge is back in Rijeka after 6 years. In the meantime, they’ve put out a Heavy Envelope LP and Animals on Display EP. Their music is a dirty, skilled mix of psychedelic rock, stone rock, doom and blues with a small premises of 90s grunge. On the other hand, Kevlar Bikini delivers full blast punk, metal and noise rock. In the 10 years of their existence, they’ve published 4 LPs, with numerous live performances throughout Europe. Their latest LP OPT-OUTism, published by Geenger Records, will have its premiere at Impulse festival. The final band, Mamut from Rijeka, are heavily influenced by the Deftones, Korn and BMTH. Their lyrics reflect philosophical themes, and they’re back in actions at Impulse, after almost a year of hiatus.

On Saturday the 14th, Irena Žilić will present her latest material, a Small Hours EP. She will take the stage in Marina hotel. Irena’s music is filled with nostalgia, romance and dream synopsis, and she’s successfully maneuvering between acoustic pop, indie folk and blues, with perfect, clean vocals. Her first recording was Days of Innocence EP from 2012. In late 2014, Irena released a debut album Travelling, which was well received by both critics and audience. Croatian version of Rolling Stone magazine put it on the fourth place of the most important domestic albums of the past 30 years. Her second LP Haze came in 2017, after which she toured the UK with Morcheeba. Irena was nominated for Porin award for the best alternative / club album, and won the award for the artist of the year on Croatian radio.

Movies in Art-kino

Movie segment of Impulse festival will be marked by the premiere of the documentary Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love by Nick Broomfield. The act is set on Greece island Hydra in 1960, where Leonard Cohen and Marianne Ihlen became a part of a community of immigrant artists, poets and musicians. Never before seen footage will show the boemic life which took place in the sixties. The friendship of Leonard and Marianne will last for the next 50 years, until his death in 2016. The movie will be shown on Sunday, 15th November at 19:00h and on Tuesday 19th, also at 19:00h.

Records fair

All the records lovers will get their chance to explore the fair, which starts on 14th November, from 10-17h. Vinyls, LPs, EPs, singles of all music genres will be displayed. Another novelty of Impulse festival is a new RiHub area where panel discussion will take place. 

The panel will focus on the beginnings of prog rock and its influence on the contemporary music scene. Renato Ivančan, musician and vinyl collector will be the host.

This year’s edition of Impulse festival will end on Thursday, 19th November with a panel about music creation during Coronavirus pandemic and the overall future of the music scene in Rijeka and Croatia. Subjects will also include discussions on how till Croatian music scene recover from the pandemic and how it will look like in the future. Several DJs, musicians and artists will partake in the panel.


Considering the current epidemiological measures, tickets for the Impulse festival can be exclusively bought online. Prices start from 40 Kunas, with notice that concerts by Stonebridge, Mamut and Kevlar Bikini can accommodate a maximum 20 people, and the concert by Irena Žilić a maximum of 50 people. 

Tickets for movie projections start at 25 Kunas, with a maximum of 70 tickets to be released for sale. All the tickets can be bought at Ulaznice.hr or Entrio websites.

Safety measures 

Impulse festival will respect all the safety measures given by the Croatian government. Therefore, the organizers are asking the attendees to respect them, while also taking care of personal hygiene, social distancing and mandatory mask wearing during festival days. 

The festival was organized by Distune Promotion and Student Cultural Center Rijeka. The Ministry of Culture, City of Rijeka, Rijeka University and Kultura nova association co-financed the festival.

Source: Studentski.hr

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