Planning is underway for Danube Day 2019. Details will be posted here in June. Read on for a summary of activities in 2018.
Festivities took place in all 7 Danube provinces in 2018, motivating 2,500 people to cycle, cook, fish, get creative and clear rubbish for the Danube. Each local celebration had its own flavour.
In Belene, the annual Danube Festival featured culinary delights, quizzes, music and fishing contests; and WWF enlisted local people to take action for sturgeon conservation.
In Rousse, 200 musicians and singers paid tribute to the Danube with a special performance at the State Opera House. They performed Danube-themed pieces in the Europe - It's Us concert that also marked the completion of Bulgaria's EU Council Presidency.
In Sofia, experts discussed climate change and trends in water resources at a Danube Day conference at the House of Science and Technology. Topics under discussion included the basin-wide impact of climate change; hydrological analysis of rivers; and current trends in monitoring and water management. The event was organised by the Scientific and Technical Union of Water, Federation of Scientific and Technical Unions and Global Water Partnership Bulgaria, with support from the Danube River Basin Directorate – Pleven.
In Vidin and Svishtov, the Let's Clean Up the Danube Together campaign was launched, part of a global initiative by the Waste Free Oceans Foundation. Vidin combined this action with a colourful boat regatta, concerts, competitions and art exhibitions. Lom residents also got active with a community clean-up of the riverbanks.
Baykal in Dolna Mitropolia held its annual festival of traditional customs, promoting Danube solidarity and basin-wide cooperation. Nikopol's day featured environmental activities and exhibitions. While in Kozloduy, their fabulous Fish Festival was not to be missed!
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