Video showcasing the Danube Art Master at the 2016 ICPDR Ministerial Meeting.
The 14-country Danube Art Master contest challenges children living in the Danube Basin to create sustainable works of art dedicated to their rivers. Running for 13 years, organisers of the international competition took a break in 2016 to focus efforts on relaunching the contest in 2017. Nonetheless, Slovenia, Serbia and Moldova ran national rounds: see Review 2016.
2015 saw Iman Maljić from Bosnia-Herzegovina scoop the International Danube Art Master crown: see the competition review for more details. Over 1300 children from 11 countries rose to the 2015 challenge to design gowns fit for a Grand Danube Masquerade, made only from materials found by their rivers. To browse more of the 600 marvellous creations, see Flickr and Facebook.
2015 was the 12th year of this international art extravaganza that has resulted in tens of thousands of artworks lining rivers across 14 countries. Jointly overseen by the Global Water Partnership Central and Eastern Europe (GWP CEE) and the ICPDR, this ambitious contest encourages children to visit their local rivers and create art reflecting what the Danube means to them. By entering the competition, the children not only have a great time making their creations but are also motivated to consider the future of the rivers and the people and wildife that rely on them. The result is a visual representation of young people's vision for the Danube Basin.
Browse the gallery below to get a taste of how the Danube rivers have inspired the region's children. For further information on the competition see Facebook and view previous years' entries on Flickr 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.