Danube Day 2017 in Hungary

Come along to Danube Day on Budapest's Children's Island (Hajógyári Sziget) for a fun-filled family day of games, hands-on experiments, crafts, quizzes, water tasting and great music. Children can take part in the Danube passport game, collecting stamps to win a prize; join in the national drawing competition; learn about Danube wildlife; and find out what we can all do to reduce water pollution. Find out more on the websites of OVF National Directorate of Water or Children's Island.
Date: Saturday 24th June 2017.

Join us on June 29th for our headline event: a joint Hungary-Croatia Danube Day on the banks of the Drava near Barcs. Located in the beautiful surroundings of the Danube-Drava National Park, the event brings together communities and state, regional and local officials from both sides of the border. Come along for tasty fish soup in the Danube Cook-off; live music on the main stage; or river cruises and a children's paper boat launch on the Drava. Organised by the South Transdanubian Water Management Directorate for Hungary's General Directorate of Water Management, high-level government, institute, civil society and ICPDR representatives will attend. The event builds on the close relationship between the two countries, raising awareness of the importance of clean rivers and emphasizing the value of working together to ensure a sustainable future.
Date: Thursday 29th June 2017; 10.00-19.00

An International Workshop on the Danube Region Flood Protection Education also takes place on June 29th, as part of Hungary's 2017 Presidency of the EU Danube Region Strategy (EUSDR). The event will strengthen the newly formed network of institutions involved with flood protection training and education, as set out in the 2016 Flood Risk Management Plan for the Danube River Basin. Being held at the University of Public Service in Budapest, it forms part of Hungary's EUSDR Priority Area 5 (PA5: Environmental risks) coordination. Organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EUSDR PA5 and the University's Faculty of Water Science, find out more on the EUSDR PA5 website. The event will contribute to the 6th Annual Forum of the EUSDR, to be hosted by Hungary in October.
Date: Thursday 29th of June 2017; 10:00-16:30.

You can also celebrate Danube Day at the 2-day Győr Festival offering arts and craft, eco competitions, games and water fun for all Danubites! The programme of events aims to inspire everyone to get active for cleaner rivers. See the website of the Northern TransDanubian Water Directorate for more details.
Date: Weekend of 1-2 July 2017.

A 'One Day of the Danube' international photography competition has also been announced for Danube Day. The 14-country contest welcomes photographs that emphasize the Danube's importance in the life of the region; its historical, natural and cultural character and uniqueness. The competition is open to both amateur and professional photographers from any of the 14 Danube countries. It is being organised by the Hungarian Presidency of the EU Danube Regional Strategy (DRS); the Secretariat for the Ministry of Water Science, Water Export and the DRS; the Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Centre and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Find out more on the Capa Contemporary Photography Centre website.
Dates: 27th June - 1st July 2017.

Young people between 6 and 18 years can also enter their own creative competition - the 14-country Danube Art Master contest. Find out more on the Art Master page and see the contacts below.

Further information

For the latest news, please contact:

Ida Nagyne Sos of the Ministry of Rural Development on +36 1 795 3662;  ida.sos.nagyne@bm.gov.hu.

For Hungary's Danube Art Master contest, contact Attila Kozák of GWP Hungary on +36 1 3711 333; gwpmo@gwpmo.hu.

To see how all the countries celebrated last year, go to Review 2016. You can also revisit 13 years of Hungarian Danube Day celebrations via the general Review page.