This coastal city was a landmark to alternative youth culture from times of socialism till today. In it, one club in particular stayed the center of the progressive youth.
In its early years, the club was named after the Czech student Jan Palach who set himself on fire to protest Soviet troops entering Prague. The club became a political platform for the critique of the regime and after the breakup it was home to several organizations fighting for the democratization of the country. All the while, it was a students’ hole type of a place, holding all the best concerts and events.
Today, the club still has some content, but the city itself also kept its status of the cultural center. In 2020, the city is to become the European Capital of Culture with new festivals, art shows, concerts and other manifestations planned to take place in this period, under the slogan ‘Port of diversity’.