Danube Day 2017 in Slovenia

Planning is underway for Danube Day 2017. Details will be posted here in the spring. Read on for a summary of activities in 2016.

In 2016, Slovenes got active in two ministry-run youth events and a cycling tour de force. The 7th 'Moja reka - My River.si' challenge encouraged children across the country to roll up sleeves, don wellies and take to canoes to clear riverside rubbish. 13 finalists mobilised an incredible 10,000 people to transform 150 km of shoreline. Their clearance of 300 tonnes of rubbish was recognised at an Environment Ministry award ceremony, where Murska Sobota municipality won first prize.

September saw the 'Danube Art Master' final, a national competition that encouraged 176 children to make sculptures from riverside materials. Top prize went to Bistrica pri Tržiču Primary for their driftwood crayfish.

Elsewhere, impressive pedal power was on show in the 4-country Sava 2016 Cycling Tour. Beginning in Kranjska Gora, the Slovene stretch passed through Kranj, Ljubljana, and Brežice. Cyclists from each of the Sava countries followed the river's course on through Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, promoting Danube and Sava solidarity along the way.

Further information

To see how all the countries celebrated last year, go to Review 2016. You can also revisit 13 years of Slovenian Danube Day celebrations via the general Review page.

For up-to-the-minute information, please contact:

Barbara Potočnik (barbara.potocnik@gov.si) or Aleš Bizjak (ales.bizjak@gov.si) of the Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning on +386 1 478 7000.