Due to the various restrictions on public gatherings throughout the Danube River Basin as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic, 2020's Danube Day celebrations were shifted, and the public were invited to #DiscoverDanube online!
It remains very likely that 2021's events will happen online – watch this space.
Although it wasn't intended, our motto continues to fit the situation, and our partners throughout the Danube River will be continuing to educate and inform you all about the Danube River, and will remain happy to answer any and all queries you may have. Our partners all remained involved in Danube Day 2020, so please don't hesitate to get in touch with them or us.
The Danube Day poster design for 2021 is currently under production, featuring the motto "Discover Danube". Keep on the lookout out for our signature Danube Day branded bags too – which were sent out to our partners throughout the Danube River Basin as normal.
What Happened in 2020 (despite the crisis)?
Despite almost all of our activities being either cancelled or postponed indefinitely for 2020, our member countries rose to the challenge to keep the Danube Day spirit alive throughout this global crisis. Here's some of what has gone on throughout 2020...
- There was a dedicated edition of Vodohospodársky Spravodajca ('Water Management Newsletter', a bi-monthly journal) to Danube Day.
- There was a special topic on water and information about the Danube Day in the edition of Enviromagazín (bi-monthly journal published by Slovak environmental Agency).
- On Friday 26th June, there was a clean-up activity organised by Vodohospodárska výstavba and Slovenský vodohospodársky podnik. Aiming to collect garbage on and around benches along the Danube within the vicinity of Gabčikovo, some 500 volunteers joined in.
- The Danube Passport from previous years lived on in 2020 – but this time in an online format.
- A web page and quiz game are under construction.
- Dedicated Austrian Danube Day website: www.danubeday.at
- A learning/quiz app PLAY DANUBE is under construction and will appear in the app store (German only)
- There was an ONLINE EVENT – With a famous TV-Star for kids (details tbc)
- Many important actions on Social Media (campaign with Videos)
- June was the month of Danube in Austria.
- The Serbian Danube Day team created a platform on their website: www.srbijavode.rs
- The website includes educational short films about the sights of the Danube River, and a quiz for participants to take to test their Danube knowledge!
What Happened In 2019?
Danube Day 2019 was a celebration of safer rivers following 25 years of groundbreaking international cooperation in the region. Festivals along the banks of the Danube and throughout major cities, including various fun activities and educational events paid tribute to the river, its peoples, and the progress made in three decades of action.
Events took place in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine. Such events strengthen our "Danube solidarity": in spite of different cultures and histories, we have a shared desire and responsibility to protect our precious resource.
Read the ICPDR Danube Day press release to find out about the unique 14-country partnership that's active for a healthier Danube. How people use, enjoy and cooperate over their rivers is directly affected by the events of Danube Day.
Why not get 'active for the Danube' at home, and try out the Danube Adventure Game now?