To find out how you can enter this 14-country art extravaganza that unites children across the Danube Basin, download the competition factsheet or visit the website of co-organisers: Global Water Partnership. In several countries, there's still time for you and your school or club to take part! Catch up on the lastest news about the competition in each country, by viewing facebook. If you need more inspiration, check out the video and photographs below showcasing 10+ years of the competition, shown to government ministers at the 2016 ICPDR Ministerial Meeting.
Video showcasing the Danube Art Master at the 2016 ICPDR Ministerial Meeting.
The 14-country Danube Art Master contest challenges children living in the Danube Basin to create sustainable works of art dedicated to their rivers. New for 2017 is a special category for young film-makers: create a 1 minute video on your river and you might be crowned Art Master for your country and win a great prize! National winners will also be invited to take part in the international round of the competition in Vienna later this year. Find out more on the competition factsheet.
14 Years of Danube Art Master
Running since 2004, the competition has resulted in tens of thousands of artworks lining rivers in all 14 countries. Each creation is an expression of children's passion for their local river: whether demonstrating their Danube solidarity, environmental concern, hopes for the future, or the simple pleasures to be had from spending time near rivers.
Organisers of the international competition took a break in 2016 to focus efforts on relaunching the contest in 2017. Nonetheless, Slovenia, Serbia and Moldova ran national rounds: see Review 2016.
2015 saw Iman Maljić from Bosnia-Herzegovina scoop the International Danube Art Master crown. Over 1300 children from 11 countries rose to the 2015 challenge to design gowns fit for a Grand Danube Masquerade, made only from materials found by their rivers. To browse more of the 600 marvellous creations, see Flickr and Facebook.
2015 was the 12th year of this international art extravaganza. Jointly overseen by the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) and the ICPDR, this ambitious contest encourages children to visit their local rivers and create art reflecting what the Danube means to them. By entering the competition, the children not only have a great time making their creations but are also motivated to consider the future of the rivers and the people and wildife that rely on them. The result is a visual representation of young people's vision for the Danube Basin.
Browse the gallery below to get a taste of how the Danube rivers have inspired the region's children. For further information on the competition see Facebook and view previous years' entries on Flickr 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.