Welcome to Danube Day 2022

Danube Day 2022 at a glance

While the 2020 and 2021 Danube Day celebrations had to accommodate COVID-19 safety restrictions by holding online events, this year saw the return of outdoor events throughout several Danube countries! A variety of online activities also took place, including various special articles and coverage in place of physical events, online games and one-off website and internet experiences, online talks, video conferences, shareable short films, and much else.

The theme this year was “Discover Danube", inspired by the 4th Joint Danube Survey (JDS4), one of the world’s most comprehensive surface water monitoring efforts. The findings of JDS4, first published in 2021, have been disseminated throughout the Danube River Basin to inform the public about vital data gathered on water quality across the entire length of the Danube River and its major tributaries.

The Danube Day poster design for 2022 featured the motto, #DiscoverDanube, this time against a yellow background. Our signature Danube Day branded bags were also sent out to our partners throughout the Danube River Basin as every year.

Stay tuned to #DanubeDay and #DiscoverDanube on Social Media or watch this space for further updates.


Austria

Danube Day 2022 festivities in Austria started on 13th June with a boat tour at the heart of the National Park Donau Auen. In total, 5 boats were operated and supervised by park rangers, offering tours for 50 teenage pupils.

For visitors who joined on 14th and 15th June, stations were operated in the National Park House, the "SchlossORTH National Park Center", which was designed and supervised by National Park rangers and partner organisations.

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Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, various events were organised in the cities along the river to mark the Danube Day 2022:

  • In the town of Nikopol in Northern Bulgaria, Danube Day celebrations were held from 25th – 30th June and included interactive educational models, concerts, competitions, exhibitions, actions to clean the banks of the Danube and its tributaries, and a Danube Day info campaign.
     
  • In the village of Baykal, part of the municipality of Dolna Mitropolia, Danube Day celebrations were also held from 25th – 30th June and included interactive educational models, concerts, competitions, exhibitions, cleaning actions on the banks of the Danube, and a Danube Day info campaign.
     
  • At the same time, from 25th – 30th June, Danube Day celebrations were organised also in the town of Belene. Various activities such as interactive educational models, representation of Danube countries and traditional Bulgarian customs, and a Danube Day info campaign awaited the visitors.
     
  • In the town of Vidin (Danube Park in Vidin and Art Gallery open stage) "Danube Treasures" Festival was organised as part of the DANUrB+ Danube Day celebrations between the 02nd and the 03rd of July.

    The Festival presented various activities to all its visitors: folk music and dance performances, local dishes and wine tasting, open doors of museums and galleries, free sightseeing tour of the little-known historical and architectural sites in the city, presentation of traditional crafts, kid’s corner with fun and engaging activities for the youngest ones, lighting show from the “Baba Vida” Fortress, and some more extreme activities such as bungee jumping from the Danube Bridge, boating, ballooning, and many more.

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Czech Republic

  • On 21st June, Danube Day was celebrated in Prague on the premises of the T. G. Masaryk Water Research Institute (TGM WRI). Czech activities for Danube Day 2022 were organised jointly by the Ministry of the Environment and the Water Research Institute (WRI).
     
  • The Water Research Institute’s Open House Day invited visitors to guided tours of the campus where they were able to see large-scale models of riverbeds and dams used for modelling water flows in future construction projects, as well as labs for water quality and drugs, an experimental wastewater treatment plant, and much more.
     
  • A Danubian workshop for children and adults was organised at the entrance to the campus. Children could paint, play water related games and fill in fun worksheets. Additionally, many booklets, posters and maps were made available for older visitors. Everyone also received a signature Danube Day branded bag filled with goodies. And most importantly – visitors could watch adorable baby sturgeons in a fish tank (the sturgeons now happily live in one of the labs at the Institute).

The event welcomed 4 school groups of children between the ages of 10-15, and many interested families, adults, and people who live in the vicinity of the venue.

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Germany - Ulm

  • Our colleagues of the Donaubüro in Ulm planned again their flagship event, the famous "Fahnenlauf" in honour of the Danube Day on 30th June. During the "Flag presentation for the International Danube Festival 2022", colourful flags that are the symbol of the International Danube Festival Ulm/Neu-Ulm were presented. The concept of the flags was designed by artists from Ulm/Neu-Ulm. Almost 650 flags were designed and hand-painted individually. For the opening ceremony of the International Danube Festival, people walked carrying the flags and placed them along the banks of the Danube. The following organisations were involved in the organisation of this year’s Danube Day festivities in Ulm: Danube Office, Donaufest, ASC Ulm/Neu-Ulm e.V..
     
  • Furthermore, Dr. Manfred Sengl of the Bavarian Environment Agency gave a presentation "How Blue is the Danube" (Wie blau ist die Donau?) on the JDS4 for the non-scientific but interested common public on 9th July.
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Serbia

  • As with every year, the PWMC Vode Vojvodine organised their traditional recreational regatta in honour of Danube Day on 29th June, promoting the Danube-based navigable potential of the Vojvodina province in Serbia, as well as nautical tourism and life near the water. The Vode Vojvodine regatta sailed along the DTD canals and Danube River on a circular route. This event is one of the largest multi-day recreational navigation events in Serbia. Visit www.vodevojvodine.com, or follow on Facebook or Instagram to find out more.

  • Another event to celebrate Danube Day in Serbia was held at the Ram Fortress, in the city of Veliko Gradište, a town and municipality located in the Braničevo District in Eastern Serbia. The event offered visitors a thematic programme focused on the importance and preservation of the Danube River, and included a boat ride on the Danube. Visit www.srbijavode.rs, or follow on YouTube or Instagram to find out more.

  • Additionally, several Danube municipalities throughout Serbia organised their local events with various activities for visitors such as: educational lectures for children in primary and secondary schools, thematic workshops in kindergartens, painting workshops for children, sports games and other water-related activities.

Slovakia

  • In the morning of 28th June, about 200 pupils from various schools were welcomed on pontoon 40 under the Old Bridge in Bratislava, where the Kriváň boat awaited them. During the boat trip towards the Devín Castle, the schoolchildren were able to learn interesting facts about the Danube River, its use and protection. Additionally, an expert from the State Nature Conservation Agency told them about the Danube environs around the watercourse.
     
  • After disembarking under the Devín Castle, the children registered for a knowledge competition which included various interactive eco-educational activities. They strolled from one booth to another collecting seals which were granted for each correctly performed activity. The happy winners were awarded those coveted ICPDR bags!
     
  • Additionally, pupils could make mini shelters for insects, and learn something new about aquatic and near-water animals through live demonstrations performed by the Slovak Fishermen’s Association. They could also get acquainted with predators from the Rescue Station for injured animals. Moreover, the Slovak Mining Museum organised a prospecting activity related to the discovery of minerals and rocks. There were also demonstrations on how to measure the amount of water in the Danube as well as sampling techniques. Children were also able to learn about the activities of the divers through live demonstrations and see dogs from the river police department.
     
  • The Slovak Water Research Institute (WRI) also hosted a booth just below the Devín Castle. Here, children were offered opportunities to solve a sturgeon puzzle, play our Sturgeon Board Game and draw some fish on the pavement.
     
  • And finally, the Water Research Institute (WRI) offered the possibility to take part in the Tour of the Laboratories of the WRI. Primary school pupils and their teachers were warmly invited to visit the Institute, come and watch environmental films, explore the hydraulic laboratories where they could discover different models of rivers, and much more. 
     
  • The event also included the award ceremony of the Danube Art Master organised by the Bratislava Regional Conservation Association (BROZ) as the main sponsor of the competition. The State Secretary of the Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Smatana, and the Director of the BROZ jointly presented the awards to the winners of the competition.

The following organisations were involved in the organisation of this year’s Danube Day festivities in Bratislava: Ministry of Environment SR, Water Research Institute, Water Management Construction, Slovak Water Management Enterprise, Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute, State Nature Conservation Agency, Slovak Environmental Agency, Public Ports, Slovak Mining Museum, Slovak Museum of Nature Protection and Speleology, Slovak Fishermen´s Association and Czech Hydrometeorological Institute.

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Slovenia 

  • On 29th June, Danube Day was celebrated in cooperation with the SIMONA project final event at the Slovenian Environment Agency. The findings of the successfully concluded Danube Transnational Programme, SIMONA Project - Sediment-quality Information, Monitoring and Assessment System were presented.

    The Standard Sediment Quality Sampling Kit was symbolically handed over at the Slovenian Environment Agency, which is responsible for the monitoring of water in Slovenia. The partner institutions participating in the event happily welcomed the sampling equipment and reaffirmed their commitment to the Danube River, one that needs special attention for its water, but also sediment quantity and quality. The sustainable development of the Danube Basin is on top of our priorities when it comes to the future of our society.

    Partners of the SIMONA Project and officials of the Slovenian Environment Agency were in attendance. The main goal of the event was to adopt uniform equipment that can serve for harmonized sediment sampling systems among Danube countries, in accordance with the recommendations of the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD).

Why not #DiscoverDanube and see what happened during Danube Day 2021?

 

Danube Adventure Game

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Gallery

  • Danube Day 2018 in Ukraine: children celebrating the Tisza rivers in Kvasovo © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Danube Day 2018 in Ukraine: medieval festivities at the site of Kvasovo Castle on the Tisza © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Danube Day 2018 in Moldova: celebrating age-old Danube traditions at the southern tip of the country © Dumitru Drumea
  • Danube Day 2018 in Romania: the children's event led by the Arges Vedea Water Basin Administration was one of 60 actions in the country © WBA Arges-Vedea
  • Danube Day 2018 in Romania: Ioan Denes, Minister for Waters and Forests at the children's event in Orșova city © WBA Banat
  • Danube Day 2018 in Rousse, Bulgaria: 200 musicians come together for a Danube Day concert at the State Opera House.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Persina, Bulgaria: celebrating 7 years of the WWF-ICPDR-Coca-Cola Living Danube Partnership © WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme
  • Danube Day 2018 in Montenegro organised by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Zabljak Tourist Organisation.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Serbia: getting ready to send their 'water-mail' messages of Danube solidarity to downstream countries.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: a trip to the Bosna river fosters enthusiasm for river conservation © Ekotim
  • Danube Day 2018 in Croatia: community action in Ilok led by Hrvatske vode, local groups and Coca-Cola HBC.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Slovenia: tackling barriers to sustainable water management at the Bled Water Festival © BWF / Jaka Valjavec
  • Joint Hungarian-Serbian Danube Day 2018 in Érsekcsanád, near Baja: ICPDR Executive Secretary Ivan Zavadksy © General Directorate of Water Management
  • Joint Hungarian-Serbian Danube Day 2018 in Érsekcsanád: preparing the fish soup © General Directorate of Water Management
  • Danube Day 2018 in Érsekcsanád, Hungary: the culmination of a two-day festival organised by the General Directorate of Water Management of Hungary and the South-Transdanubian Water Management Directorate © General Directorate of Water Management
  • Danube Day 2018 in Bratislava: explaining the why and how of water conservation to children at the Ministry of Environment © Ministry of the Environment
  • Danube Day 2018 in Gabčíkovo, Slovakia: river cruises, rescue demonstrations and family entertainment topped the bill © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Danube Day 2018 in Vienna: one thousand children enjoyed a day of eco challenges, fascinating facts, creatures, crafts and competitions © BMNT / Paul Gruber
  • Danube Day 2018 in Austria: marking 24 years of basin-wide cooperation at the Vienna International Centre.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Prague: engaging the next generation at the Czech Water Research Institute Open Day.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Bavaria, Germany: Dr Marcel Huber, Bavarian State Minister, signs a declaration creating a ‘people-free’ Danube island in Neuburg.
  • Danube Day 2018 in Ulm / Neu Ulm, Germany: learning about rivers with 'hands-on' and 'feet-in' exhibits at the Danube Festival! © Ute Hellstern / RPT
  • Danube Day 2018 in Ulm / Neu Ulm, Germany: the International Danube Festival opened with a parade of 650 flags representing Danube diversity © Donaubüro
  • Danube Day 2017 in Germany: young Bavarian winners of the Danube Art Master contest in Schloss Grünau.
  • Danube Day 2017 in the Czech Republic: learning about rivers in Mosty u Jablunkova's 'Children's Challenge' © Veronika Matuszná
  • Danube Day 2017 in Austria: Cheering for rivers in Vienna's Stadtpark festival © Danube Day Austria
  • Danube Day 2017 in Slovakia: celebrating traditions in Gabčíkovo © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Danube Day 2017 in Hungary: Helping to restock the Danube with sterlets at Children's Island in Budapest © Hungarian Ministry of Interior
  • Danube Day 2017 in Slovenia: Pupils from Rodica school winning top prize for their wastewater project at the Bled Water Festival © BWF Archive
  • Danube Day 2017 in Croatia: Ministry and city officials get active in the Vukovar river clean-up © Grad Vukovar⁄ Miroslav Šlafhauzer
  • International winner of the Danube Art Master contest for 2017: 'Bridge' by students from Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Danube Day 2017 in Serbia: Helping to conserve sturgeon in Prahovo © WWF Serbia
  • Danube Day 2017 in Moldova: Celebrating Danube traditions in Djurdjulesti © Dumitru Drumea
  • Danube Day 2017 in Romania: Inspiring the next generation to get active for the Danube rivers © WBA Arges
  • Danube Day 2017 in Bulgaria: Enough soup for everyone at the Danube Fish Cook-Off.
  • Ukrainian-Romanian Danube Day 2017 in Tyachiv: Sharing Romanian traditions at the cross-border festival © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Joint Ukrainian-Hungarian Danube Day in 2016: the Zakarpattya National Chorus © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Joint Hungarian-Ukrainian Danube Day in 2016: taste-testing the ultimate local fish soup!
  • Danube Day 2016 in Moldova: festivities in Cahul.
  • Danube Day 2016 in Romania: enjoying a lesson on water science in Craiova © WBA Jiu
  • Danube Day 2016 in Bulgaria: water testing workshop for teenagers in Baykal.
  • Danube Day 2016 in Serbia: getting active for the rivers by clearing bankside litter in Donji Milanovac © Donji Milanovac Tourist Organisation
  • Danube Day 2016 in Slovenia: cyclists from the four Sava countries completed an epic 900 km trip to spread awareness of Danube and Sava rivers.
  • Danube Day 2016 in Hungary: Budapest children restocking the Danube with sterlets!
  • Danube Day 2016 in Slovakia: inspiring children with hands-on science at the Environment Ministry in Bratislava © Tomas Hajdin / VUVH
  • Danube Day 2016 in Austria: Working together to construct a mobile flood defence barrier at Vienna's Danube Day © Danube Day Austria
  • Danube Day 2016 in the Czech Republic: proud Moravian artists in Mosty u Jablunkova © Mostík Family Centre
  • Danube Day 2016 in Germany: Danube flag parade at the opening of the International Danube Festival in Ulm © Donaubüro Ulm/Neu-Ulm
  • Danube Day 2015 in Germany: opening ceremony in Bavaria attended by the Bavarian Environment Minister Ulrike Scharf © Bavarian Ministry of the Environment & Consumer Protection
  • Danube Day 2015 in Austria: Federal Ministers, Jörg Leichtfried (left) and Andrä Rupprechter (right), and Vienna Environment Councillor, Ulli Sima, with Viennese pupils © Danube Day Austria
  • Danube Day 2015 in Slovakia: central celebration © Vodohospodárska výstavba, š.p.
  • Danube Day 2015 in Croatia: Dražen Kurečić, 2015 ICPDR President
  • Hungary's 2015 Danube Art Master
  • Danube Day 2015 in Serbia: festivities in Odzaci
  • 2015 winner of the international Danube Art Master: Black Swan from Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Danube Day 2015 in Romania: Collecting rubbish on the Crisul Repede © Bogdan Ghita / ABA Crisuri
  • Bulgaria's Danube Art Master 2015
  • 'Disappointed Fisherman', an entry in Moldova's 2015 Danube Art Master competition
  • Danube Day 2015 in Ukraine: dressed for a Grand Danube Masquerade
  • Danube Day 2014 in Ukraine: Kvasovo children map-out their country united by rivers © Ostap Tsapulych
  • Danube Day 2014 in Moldova: Deputy Minister Lazar Chirica awards young artists.
  • Danube Day 2014 in Bulgaria: superb spectacle at Persina Natural Park.
  • Danube Day 2014 in Romania: festivities led by Eşelnita Commune Hall & Cazanele Dunării NGO © ABA Jiu
  • Danube Art Master 2014 in Bosnia-Herzegovina: prize winner, Ena Havic, and her family © Ekotim
  • Danube Day 2014 in Slovenia: exploring water & energy in the Ministry/Coca-Cola HBC Slovenia ‘You’re My River’ contest © Moja Reka Slovenia
  • Danube Day 2014 in Hungary: Péter Kovács (State Secretary for Water) & Imre Hoffmann (Deputy State Secretary for Public Employment) at the Danube seminar in the Ministry of the Interior © Csattos Pál
  • Danube Day 2014 in Slovakia © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Danube Day 2014 in Austria: from right: Ivan Zavadsky (ICPDR); Doris Bures (Minister for Transport); Reinhard Mang (General Secretary of the Lebensministerium); Ulli Sima (Vienna Environment Councillor) & Karin Zipperer (Hafen Wien) © Danube Day Austria/Matthias Hombauer
  • Danube Day in Serbia
  • Danube Day 2013 in Ulm, Germany © Anna Brugger / Danube Office
  • Winning entry in the 2013 Czech Danube Art Master competition
  • Danube Day 2013 in Vienna © Danube Day Austria / Matthias Hombauer
  • Facing the Danube Challenge in Austria! © Foto Andi Bruckner www.andibruckner.com
  • Danube Day 2013 in Budapest © www.kormany.hu / Árvai Károly
  • Danube Day 2013 in Budapest © www.kormany.hu / Árvai Károly
  • Danube Day 2013 in Slovakia © Vodohospodárska výstavba
  • Slovenia's 2013 Moja reka competition
  • 2013 Danube Art Master entrants from Slovenia
  • Danube Day 2013 in Croatia © Zeleni Osijek
  • Danube Day 2014 in the Czech Republic: staff from the Water Protection Dept. say goodbye to the ‘Danube Day Fish United Flag’ as it continues its 14-year journey through the Basin.
  • Danube Day in Hungary
  • Winning entry in the 2013 international Danube Art Master competition - from Croatia
  • Danube Day 2013 in Belgrade
  • Danube Day 2013 in Bosnia-Herzegovina © Ekotim
  • Danube Day 2013 in Romania © ABA Crisuri
  • Danube Day 2013 in Romania © ABA Arges-Vedea
  • Danube Day 2013 in Baykal, Bulgaria © DRBD
  • Danube Day in Moldova
  • Danube Day in Ukraine
  • Clearing the Borzhava on Danube Day 2013 in Ukraine © Andriy Bublik / Coca-Cola Beverages
  • Danube Day in Ukraine
  • 2019 ICPDR President Kovacs at Danube Day in Hungary
  • Sava Youth Parliament at Danube Day 2019 in Slovenia
  • Joint Sava & Danube Day celebrations in Slovenia, 2021
  • Joint Sava & Danube Day celebrations in Slovenia, 2021
  • At the Aquarium Club picture exhibition in Beius County, Romania, 2021
  • Little ecologists in Beius County, Romania, 2021
  • Cleaning activity at the Black Sea, Romania, 2021
  • Danube Day 2021 Workshop, Romania
  • At the Aquarium Club picture exhibition in Beius County, Romania 2021
  • At the Aquarium Club picture exhibition in Beius County, Romania, 2021
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • Danube Day 2021 at the Duna Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary
  • A Slovak Excursion at Donau Auen, 9 July 2021
  • A Slovak Excursion at Donau Auen, 9 July 2021
  • Danube Day 2021 conference in Lower Prut, Moldova [Photo credit: Dumitru Drumea]
  • Danube Day 2021 conference in Lower Prut, Moldova [Photo credit: Dumitru Drumea]
  • Danube Day 2021 conference in Lower Prut, Moldova [Photo credit: Dumitru Drumea]
  • Danube Day 2021 cleanup event in Kvasovo village (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 cleanup event in Kvasovo village (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 cleanup event in Kvasovo village (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 cleanup event in Kvasovo village (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 cleanup event in Kvasovo village (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 art event for Kvasovo village as well as Korolevo orphan houses (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 art event for Kvasovo village as well as Korolevo orphan houses (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 art event for Kvasovo village as well as Korolevo orphan houses (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 art event for Kvasovo village as well as Korolevo orphan houses (26th June 2021)
  • Danube Day 2021 art event for Kvasovo village as well as Korolevo orphan houses (26th June 2021)
  • Joint Danube Day 2021 celebrations by Germany & Austria at Jochenstein
  • Joint Danube Day 2021 celebrations by Germany & Austria at Jochenstein
  • Joint Danube Day 2021 celebrations by Germany & Austria at Jochenstein
  • Danube Day 2022 boat tour at the heart of the National Park Donau Auen