Danube Day 2017 in Slovenia

Thousands of Slovenes got active in three national competitions celebrating Sava Day on June 1st and Danube Day on June 29th.

If you’ve creative flair and love your river, the Danube Art Master contest is for you! As part of a 14-country competition, 6-18 year-olds living in the Danube Basin were invited to create artworks and videos that celebrate their environment. The competition mobilises creative talents to find imaginative ways to highlight river pressures. Organised nationally by GWP Slovenia, the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, the National Education Institute and DOPPS-BirdLife Slovenia, two national winners will be invited to Vienna for the 14-country Art Master final. The competition was also showcased at the Bled Water Festival in June. Read about the Slovenian Art Masters on the ministry website.

2017 was also the 20th year of the Water Detective. Almost 1000 pupils were inspired to take on microplastic pollution in the annual writing, art and science competition. Organized by the Institute for Integrated Development and Environment (ICRO) and Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, mentors encourage the young detectives to explore pollution issues. View the ministry website to see which school won the top prize.

This year’s mega 8th Moja reka (My River.si) challenge saw 15,000 volunteers get active for cleaner rivers in an impressive 33 clean-up actions. The most diligent rubbish collectors and event organisers were recognised at national award events. View the Moja Reka website to find out more about the competition organised by the Environment Ministry, International Sava River Basin Commission, Tourist Association of Slovenia and Coca-Cola.

Further information

For up-to-the-minute information, please contact:

Barbara Poto─Źnik (barbara.potocnik@gov.si) or Aleš Bizjak (ales.bizjak@gov.si) of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning on +386 1 478 7000.

Danube Art Master: Martina Zupan of GWP Slovenia on +386 1 4273 245; Mobile: +386 40 316 064; martina.zupan@siol.net

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