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Danube Regatta – The sports festival of the year -Budapest

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Professional  rowers and universities amateur rowing teams paddled their boats … Came rain … Came shine, rowers on the water.  Nothing could spoil the cheering crowd to enjoy this marvelous day. More than ten thousand local and foreigners folks were interested to watch the race by paddlers floating down the River Danube in Budapest.

Iain Lindsay OBE – British Ambassador to Hungary just arrived two month ago to Hungary, yet to many much surprise his greeting words were in Hungarian language and welcoming the rowing teams. He expressed his pleasure at the sight of the enthusiastic fans of college and  the large number of audience . He also wished good luck to all the contestants. Added he feels just like being at home in Scotland, because the weather is absolutely the same as here to-day … a real Scottish summer weather.

Again the world’s greatest rowing regatta individuals arrived to Budapest to splash into the on the River of Danube.  In 2015 we could view the US elite doubles  – Harvard and Princeton and this year another two legendary eight professional university are to row together with the Hungarian university’s rowers. The regatta rowers slowly but surely engaged call to challenge the sport elite foreign rowers to participate at Hungary’s biggest inter-university sport and cultural event. This year  Oxford and Cambridge universities came to row their boats together with the Hungarian universities paddlers.

Not only the cheerleading teams ensured their own university’s paddlers by loud support, but also were encouraging their best of throat.

A full day with sports demonstrations and live music events until dawn.

The final results of this year’s 4500 meters downstream result of the rowing eights race overtaking the world-class British university rowers – the István Széchenyi István University first paddled their way to the finish line, then followed second place podium the Cambridge team  and the bronze medal  was gain by the Budapest Corvinus University rowers.

The József Antall Knowledge Center’s amateur colorful dragon boaters also clash on the Danube and the race was won by the Budapest University of Physical Education.

The Lords of Gravity acrobatic basketball team‘s show was highly appreciated cheered all the way. Their spectacular throws and jumps were breathtaking and even they chased the rainy weather away for the time being of their show.

Those who were on the spot will surely remember this day. A superb day with much fun organized by the József Antall Knowledge Center.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter





 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. 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