Danube Day 2018 in Bulgaria

Bulgaria is marking Danube Day with a myriad of festivities across northern Bulgaria and in the capital. 

Sofia will mark the event with a Danube Day
Conference at the House of Science and Technology. The main focus will be on basin-wide issues regarding the impact of climate change; hydrological analysis of rivers and the current trends regarding the monitoring and management of water resources. Organisers include 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.
Date: Friday 29th June 2018

Each local celebration has its own flavour. Lom is getting active for healthier rivers with a community clean-up of the Danube riverbank. In Belene, the popular Danube Festival features culinary delights, quizzes, music and fishing contests. While in Dolna Mitropolia, Baykal celebrates with its festival of traditional customs and basin-wide solidarity. Or join us in Nikopol, for environmental activities and Danube exhibitions. Additionally, in several locations, there will be interactive river models, eco games and environmental stands, all aiming to spread the Danube Day message.

In Rousse, 200 musicians pay tribute to the Danube with a special performance at the State Opera House. Musicians and singers will be performing Danube-themed pieces in the 'Europe - It's Us' concert that also marks the completion of Bulgaria's EU Council Presidency. In Vidin and Svishtov, it's time to roll up your sleeves for the Danube in the launch of the 'Let's Clean Up the Danube Together' campaign, part of a global initiative by the Waste Free Oceans Foundation. Vidin will also be celebrating with a colourful boat regatta, concerts, competitions and art exhibitions. While in Kozloduy, don't miss the fabulous annual Fish Festival!

Vidin & Belene: Monday 25th - Saturday 30th June 2018
Baykal: Monday 25th - Friday 29th June 2018
Svishtov: Wednesday 27th June 2018

Rousse: Friday 29th June 2018; 19:00 

If you’re aged 6-18 years and love your rivers, here's your chance to enter the Danube Art Master
competition. The 14-country art extravaganza tasks children to create 3D artworks made from materials found by the river. Alternatively, you can make a 1-minute video on your ideas for sharing and protecting the Danube rivers. The Bulgarian round of the competition is organised by GWP Bulgaria. View the Bulgarian factsheet for further details of how to enter. Creators of the best artworks will go on to the international Danube Art Master final later in the year.
Deadline for entries: Monday 25th June 2018.

Further information

For the latest news, please contact the country coordinator:

Vesela Komarevska or Ivan Kalamerov of the Danube River Basin Directorate in Pleven on +359 64 885 100; dunavbd@bddr.org. See the programme of events on the Ministry of Environment and Water website.

For Danube Art Master, view the Bulgarian factsheet or contact Galia Bardarska of GWP Bulgaria on +359 2 987 04 61; mobile: +359 887 602 672; bardarska@dir.bg.

To see how all the countries celebrated in 2017, go to Review 2017. You can also revisit 14 years of Bulgaria's Danube Day via the general Review page.