Students from Ilidža in Bosnia-Herzegovina have been crowned the international Danube Art Masters for 2017, being placed first in the 13-country final! Congratulations go to the children from the Sixth School in Ilidža, Sarajevo, and to the competition organisers in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ekotim!
The pupils' ingenious creation, entitled 'Bridge', was constructed from plastic bottles and plaited bags. Traversing a Bosna tributary, the artwork emphasized not only the river's role in linking people, but also the pollution pressures that rivers face. The winners were announced in October 2017 at the House of the European Union in Vienna by Susanne Brandstetter, Chairperson of the Public Participation Expert Group of the ICPDR.
Your chance to enter in 2018!
Details of how you can enter the 2018 art extravaganza that unites children across the Danube Basin will be posted here in the spring. In the meantime, check out the video and gallery below to get some inspiration and view the website of co-organisers: Global Water Partnership. You can also catch up on the latest news on facebook.
14 Years of Danube Art Master in 14 countries
Each year, the Danube Art Master contest challenges children living in the Danube Basin to create sustainable works of art dedicated to their rivers. New for 2017 was a special category for young film-makers: create a 1 minute video capturing your hopes and dreams for your river. National Art Masters were selected in each country, and then went through to the international round of the competition in Vienna.
Video showcasing the Danube Art Master at the 2016 ICPDR Ministerial Meeting.
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, they not only have a great time making their creations but are motivated to consider the future of the rivers and the people and wildlife that rely on them. The result is a visual representation of young people's vision for the Danube Basin.
Running since 2004, the competition has resulted in tens of thousands of artworks lining rivers across all 14 countries. Each creation is an expression of children's passion for their local river: whether demonstrating their Danube solidarity, environmental concern, hopes for the future, or the simple pleasures to be had from spending time near rivers.
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. 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.
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.