Watch as the creme of the Hungarian higher education and two top universities from the US match up against each other in an epic water battle on the Danube, join the tens of thousands of fans cheering for their favourite teams and take part in dozens of sports and music-related programmes, awaiting you at the Danube Regatta on 25 April.
Hungary’s biggest sports festival was called to life with the intention of promoting the sporty lifestyle among the youths and to call attention to the many ways the Danube can be used. For the time of the programmes traffic on the river will be stopped.
This is going to be the third time that rowers and dragon boats will swarm the most picturesque section of the Danube: professional and amateur teams will race off against others and the champions of last year’s Regatta, between the Parliament building and the main building of Budapest University of Technology.
Participating in the Regatta will be the sports teams of Andrássy Gyula Budapesti Német Nyelvű Egyetem (AUB), the Budapesti Corvinus Egyetem (BCE), the Budapesti Gazdasági Főiskola (BGF), the Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem (BME), the Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (ELTE), the Nemzeti Közszolgálati Egyetem (NKE), the Pázmány Péter Katolikus Egyetem (PPKE), the Semmelweis Egyetem (SE), the Testnevelési Egyetem (TF), the Pécsi Tudományegyetem (PTE), the Széchenyi István Egyetem (SZE) and the Szegedi Tudományegyetem (SZTE) with two American universities making an appearance, the eternal rival teams of Harvard and Princeton University. A huge showdown is guaranteed!
Some exciting stuff will be happening on the car-free riverbank as well! You can play streetball, practise your badminton and table tennis skills, or take part in a calming yoga session. If you’re into extreme sports, then try yourself out in slacklining, gauswheeling or put your freestyle frisbee skills to test. Beerpong, Xbox consoles, a climbing wall and table football machines will also be present. If you’d rather just sit back and watch, then the breath-taking show of Gravity Academy, a team of professional teenage acrobats, will surely make you gape in awe.
Of course Dunai Regatta will put a strong emphasis on musical programmes as well: listen to Intim Torna Illegál, the finalists of the Sound of the University sing-off contest, to Drop the Cheese and dance yourself clean to the beats of DJ Whiteboy. Those who do not want to do anything sport-related and are tired of partying, can get massages, take a chill-pill in the nice lounge section or watch a film in the outdoor cinema!