Danube Day 2019
This year, Austria's Danube Day took place in the Stadtpark of the capital city, Vienna – one of the largest and most important population centres located directly on the river.
At some 17 interactive information stands, the biodiversity, cultural diversity, and natural importance of the Danube were presented and communicated to the public. Children aged between eight and twelve were also invited to test their acquired knowledge in an exciting 'puzzle rally'! The children did exciting experiments with water, or joined in and got creative at one of the many drawing and crafting stations. Some 1,000 children took part in 2019.
Danube Day 2018
For the 2018 edition of Danube Day, some 1,000 children descended on Vienna's Stadtpark (along with a delegation from Romania) to enjoy a day of eco challenges, fascinating facts, creatures, crafts and competitions. Robert Steiner, TV/radio presenter and Danube Day Ambassador, compèred the event.
A highlight was the Danube Puzzle Race. Children raced around stalls to complete eco activities - solving puzzles and collecting stamps and goodies - to become champions. They heard about aspects of Danube life, with information on the 14 countries, careers and the creatures that depend on our rivers. Get a flavour of the day from Danube Day Austria's video and facebook stream.
An exhibition and press event marking 24 years of basin-wide cooperation was held at the Rotunda in the Vienna International Centre. The exhibition highlighted 15 years of Danube Day through film and photographs of the thousands of events and tens of thousands of artworks created to mark the day. As well as ICPDR experts, Pascal Rösler, who traversed 2467 km of the Danube by Stand-up Paddle Board, attended the press briefing and was featured in a documentary at the event. Read more on the ICPDR website.
Jugend-Umwelt_Platform JUMP organised the Austrian round of this year's Danube Art Master competition. The 14-country art extravaganza tasked children to create 3D artworks made from materials found by the river or 1-minute videos on how to share and protect the Danube rivers. National winners will go on to the international Danube Art Master final later in the year.
Susanne Brandstetter of the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism (Unit for Strategic Communication and Information) at Susanne.Brandstetter@bmnt.gv.at