The scale of Danube Day is immense, with ambitious basin-wide and
cross-border events, as well as national celebrations, regional actions and village festivities. The 2018 programme includes river fairs and clean-up actions; conferences and awareness raising activities; aquatic and sporting challenges; leisurely cruises and fun youth events. Many events encourage riverside communities to share Danube Day with neighbours across borders: getting active for a healthier, shared Danube!
Read on to find out about this year's international events or view the national pages to see how you can get involved in your country. You can also contact your national coordinator to get the latest news.
- 14-country Danube Art Master schools competition. 2018 sees the 15th year of this basin-wide youth competition that unites children across the basin in an artistic extravaganza. Catch up on the latest news on the competition on Facebook, find out how you can enter on the website of co-organiser, Global Water Partnership, or get some inspiration from past Danube Art Master entries.
- International Danube Day exhibition at the Rotunda in the Vienna International Centre (4th-6th July). This special exhibition highlights 15 years of Danube Day celebrations, marking 24 years of ground-breaking international cooperation over the Danube rivers. See the Austria page for details.
- Joint Hungary - Serbia Danube Day in Érsekcsanád, near Baja. Come along to share traditions, take part in sports competitions and enjoy tasty fish soup! View Hungary to find out more.
- 'Let's work for the Dream' competition at the Bled Water Festival. This international Environment Ministry competition challenged school pupils from Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia to design sustainability projects to be showcased at the Bled Water Festival. Read more on the Slovenia page.
- Great Belgrade Regatta. This 2-day international regatta attracts participants from 10 countries for fun on and besides the Danube. Get active with sailing, rafting or rowing or watch the races and exciting rescue demonstrations. View Serbia to find out more.
- Festival of the Danube in Cahul District of Moldova. Romanian folk ensembles and Galati officials will join in Moldova's main Danune Day event. Communities, folk groups, artists, school children and government officials will gather to celebrate shared local traditions and Danube solidarity. See Moldova's page for details.
- Pirates' Plastic Regatta on the Borzhava river. Taking place as part of Ukraine's Danube Day festival in Kvasovo village, Zakarpattya Oblast, both pocket-sized and full-sized plastic bottle boats will be launched onto the river. The initiative is a joint project of Hungary's PET CUPA, the All-Ukrainian Ecological League and Uzhgorod Regatta. Read about it on the Ukraine page.
- International workshop in Budapest on Challenges of Plastic Waste in the Danube Region & Beyond.
Hosted by the EU Danube Transnational Programme JOINTISZA project, the free event will develop region-wide measures to tackle plastic pollution. A round-table discussion will involve technical experts from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia, Ukraine and the IUCN. View Hungary for more details.
- 7th Meeting of the Sava Youth Parliament in Bohinj. Earlier in June, children from all four Sava countries came together to develop and debate tourism ideas for a shared Sava. Their conclusions were presented to high-level officials at the 7th Meeting of the Parties to the Framework Agreement on the Sava River Basin in Bled. See Slovenia for more information.
- Sava Bike Tour 2018. This gruelling 845km, 4-country tour runs from the River Sava's source to its Danube confluence, through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia. View Slovenia for details.
- A delegation of Romanian students joined with Viennese students in celebrating Austria's Danube Day festival in the Vienna Stadtpark.
Danube Day events inspire people, communities and countries to work together across borders. They encourage people to look beyond their national boundaries and consider the multitude of peoples living in the Danube Basin. Across the region, governmental, non-governmental and private sector organisations are working together to make the 15th Danube Day the best yet. To read about the thousands of events and partners involved in previous Danube Days, see the Review pages.