” RIVE” PROJECT – ARTISTS SHIP – EUROPE DAY – CRUSING EUROPE – 2014.
August, 22. – October, 19. 2014.
The floating artist ship abroad with art passengers began her journey on August, 22. from Vienna – Austria and her one-month journey ended on September, 18 with the last stop at the port of Ruse – Bulgaria. The final port was on October, 19. at Stuttgart. On August, 27 the artist ship arrived to the port at Budapest and berthed beside the capital at six cities by the River Danube.
The “Artist Ship” actually started her route from the Black Forest – Germany and ended her long 2000 kilometers river path at the Black Sea – Bulgaria, crossing through eight countries (Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria), stopping over thirty cities having around 6,000 evening events and daytime workshops.
Prior to the trip, on May, 8- 9. 2014.in connection with the EUROPE DAY, organized by the József Antall Knowledge Center was held a conference as part of a series of events namely: “Cruising Europe!” The upcoming project was extremely welcomed by the interest of young adults and 15 volunteers singed up to be a part in the programs.
The tour from October, 13 to 19 continued by four wheels for four artists following the River Oder, Elbe and Rhine, which provided an opportunity to show the project to the inner areas of Poland and Germany. During the eight-days bus tour, six different cities were visited Warsaw, Poznan, Słubice, Berlin, Cologne and Stuttgart. Partners such as the Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin, Cologne and Stuttgart also presented the program at local schools and outdoor areas. Upon these events the stuff was able to build connections with the municipalities and some partners throughout their journey on land and water. In Hungary joined supporting the program was the Baja Boat Mill Association, the Philips and the Mahart. The strategic partner was the Municipal Goverment of Budapest. As for professional partners, such as the Serbian Danube Competence Center, the University of Vienna and the Underwater/diving archaeologists Hungarian Association and the Argonaut Research Group joined the project.
The success of the project’s was tangible and as for the future the River Danube really binds nations together, even though they have their own identity. The RIVE’s chief organizer says the Hungarian Pro Progressione plans involves those already and all new partners interested to join the commitment to create and share international river locations within the Danube Region Strategy, in the frame of art, education, environment, dissemination of information, also in history and archeology.
The RIVE project Danube label is support by the Hungarian and Romanian Ministry of Culture.
Collaborators of the program are:
D.ID Dance Identity (A) Robert Schumann (PL) – Pro Porgressione (H) – Derida Dance (BG) – Meteorite Theater (SK) – Tanz IP (D) – Studentski Centar Culturni Novi Sad (SRB)
The RIVE program is supported through the Culture Framework of the European Union and the Visegrád Fund.
Update by Aggie Reiter