Danube Day 2019
Planning for 2019's Danube Day celebrations in Hungary is underway, with a total of three separate days of activity planned.
Danube Day for Children & Families
This year, a Danube Day event especially for children and families is planned to involve a notably large variety of activities and games related to the waters of the Danube, and the many flora and fauna that live in the Danube region.
Our purpose is to get the younger generations interested in the future of Danube, so every child will receive a 'Danube Passport' that will guide them in discovering all the activities included in this program:
- learning about the flora and fauna of the rivers and wetlands;
- getting to know the endangered and protected fishes;\
- do-it-yourself handcraft activities.
This year Hungary is putting a special emphasis on introducing the Danube Sturgeon to all Danube Day participants. These sorely endangered fish are one of the most important indicators when it comes to the health of the Danube River, and they are a special focal point for all ICPDR activities at the moment.
Also as part of programme, there will be a live demonstration about how the “Szent Flórián” fire-boat operates, representing one of the many special and unusual uses of Danube water.
After completing all the tasks set out in the Passport, the children can choose from some of the smaller gifts/prizes (Danube Day bags, caps, pencils etc.). An awards ceremony will also be organised for the Danube Art Master competition. Children and their parents alike are sure to learn a great deal about the ecosystem of the Danube River Basin!
The Danube Day for Children & Families hosted in Hungary will take place near the Water Tower on Margaret Island in Budapest (Margitszigeti Víztorony) , happening between 10am-4pm on 29th June 2019.
International Danube Day
Taking place in the northwestern city of Győr, a second event is planned to take place as part of International Danube Day on June 28th. The schedule is especially varied:
11:00 - 17:30 – Sport race
18:30 - 20:00 – R-GO concert
11:00 - 17:00 – cooking competition
Further details about the programme and location will be made available as soon as possible.
Györkőc Kid Festival
Győrkőc is a kids festival held in Győr and well-known throughout Hungary. For years this event has been organized annually by the city, offering hundreds of events for children across 10 locations in the city. This year, the North Transdanubian Water Directorate will join in with the festivities to promote Danube Day.
The Water Directorate will visit the festival with their partners:
- Pannon-Víz Zrt. (local sewer and potable water network supplier);
- Technical SZC Hild József Construction Vocational High School;
- University of István Széchenyi.
The intention of all of these organizations is to draw to the attention of young people just how important rivers are – especially the “safer Danube” – through the use of games and DIY activities. The aim is to deepen and strengthen the responsibility and sensitivity for waters and the environment.
This event will be taking place throughout the city of Győr on 6-7th of July 2019.
Danube Day 2018
In 2018, Danube Day events reached tens of thousands of people across Hungary.
Near Baja, Hungarians and Serbs shared music and friendly rivalry at a joint Hungarian-Serbian Danube Day in Érsekcsanád. The event brought together communities, high-level officials and local government from both sides of the border for a weekend of sport, speeches and traditional fish soup.
The Budapest Danube Children’s Festival found a new home at Budapest Zoo. The fun-filled family day of river themed games, hands-on experiments, crafts and quizzes proved as popular as ever.
Also in the capital, an international conference on plastic pollution was hosted by the EU Interreg Danube Transnational Programme JOINTISZA project. The free event provided a networking platform for those involved in influencing policy, involving technical experts from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Ukraine and the IUCN. Region-wide measures to tackle pollution were developed for possible inclusion in the Integrated Tisza River Basin Management Plan updates. A ‘trash art’ exhibition ran alongside the event.
Győr’s water-based fun was a hit at the Győrkőc youth festival. As were activities at Gönyű's Danube Day celebration of boats, which included fishing contests, boating, folk dancing and live music.
For the latest news, please contact:
Ida Nagyne Sos of the Ministry of Interior on +36 1 441 1795; +36 30 491 2624; firstname.lastname@example.org.