Danubius International Conferences, 9th International Conference The Danube - Axis of European Identity

The Blue Book of the Danube Cultural Identities

Alina Beatrice Chesca
Last modified: 2019-06-17


The Danube, Europe’s second longest river at around 2 850 km, links the Black Forest to the Black Sea and runs through ten countries, with four more in its basin. It can be considered one of Europe's most important and fascinating rivers, especially as it witnesses so many lands and languages every day.

Starting with November 1st, 2018 until November 1st, 2019, Romania holds the presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region. The objectives of Priority Area 3 of the European Union Strategy for the Danube Region (i.e. SUERD in Romanian) are: promoting culture, tourism and direct contacts between people.

A remarkable outcome of this priority area is the creation of a "Blue Book of Danube Cultural Identities". It is based on a series of exchanges of best practices in multi-ethnic regions of the Danube basin which, through the medium of mass-media and men of letters, will describe aspects of the ethnic diversity and cultural heritage. ”The Blue Book of the Danube Cultural Identities” will approach the heritage of multi-ethnic areas along the river and in this way, the cultural heritage of the Danube will be more visible.

The Danube river has always been a source of inspiration for literature, music, painting and folklore for the people who have contributed to the enrichment of regional and European culture. By adding new pages to "The Blue Book of Danube Cultural Identities", this region’s inhabitants will rediscover their history and values.