Danube Flow – Danube Calling! 2014

Danube Flow by motivation, raising awareness and education of local population on the beauty, value and importance of the river Danube helps people to live their lives more culturally vibrant, but still conscious of the environment. The project's massage is that people should get know and protect the Danube, because it is not an obsticle in traffic or an indifferent item, but an endless opportunity for making city life more vibrant and happy.

About this year:

We prepared a gripping thriller on the World Water Day. Those who took part in it were searching for a mysterious killer by looking for statues, counting bricks, searching, dividing, multiplying, and thinking at the banks of the Danube. At the next Danube programme, which was organized on the Earth Day by our team, we drummed and sang, to greet the Mother Earth in the Chain Bridge Park. Those who were interested in the programmes of Danube Calling! and the passing tourists joined us as well.

As in previous years the program was the same on the Children's Day and on the International Danube Day in Győr and Budapest: the environmental educational toolkit and concerts entertained the visitors. In the project called Danube on the menu, furniture receives were painted to Danube colours in the partner cafeterias and pubs. Our plan was that we get involved the citizens of Budapest on the days which are connected to the water and nature and show them how exciting things can be done on the banks of the Danube. We believe we aimed our goals.

This year our largest undertake was the Hug the Danube! action. The idea was that people stand on and between the Liberty Bridge and the Elisabeth bridge, and they hug the Danube by holding each other hands. We prepared it for months. We can only estimate the number of the participants but about 700-1000 people appeared to show to their love for Danube based on the photos and the reports of the coordinators. We could deliver our message: the Danube is lovable, Budapest is wonderful, and one of the most beautiful parts of the city is the riverbank, it’s deserves to be an urban space. We had so many good and positive experience during the organization, and also at the event, if it’s possible, we will definitely organize Danube hugs in the future.

The Danube Flow programme series is finished, in the second half of the year Mindspace focuses on other priority projects, such as Smart City Budapest. We let go your hands a bit, go to the riverside, sit, talk, walk, date and have parties at Danube. We hope that by organising programmes, we will join you again, but one thing is sure: Mindspace will be there.