A blockade in Valbona NP. Portaging through the city in Podgorica. Partying and paddling at Kayak Fest Tara. It was cold and dusty sitting on the ground, but the most painful part was the view of construction site. Just over a year ago the BRT 2 team were in Albania’s Valbona National Park and witnessed the start of the construction of the hydroelectric dam. Now, a wall has been built and the river is almost stopped. After a wild year of court cases, appeals, and all the twisted, corrupt acts you can imagine in a country where the prime minister owns shares in the hydro electric company destroying their wild […]
Paddling in Tepelene. Premiers in Tirana. Exploring Mavoro NP. Protest in Skopje city centre. Balkan Rivers Tour 3 started off where the first tour ended; the streets of Tirana, Albania. BRT3 has a simple formula and builds off the energy of the first two tours. In each major city and one river-side or rural city of the six countries this tour stops in, the team screens their feature-length documentary, The Undamaged. The film tells the story of how this kayaker-led river defence movement started, spotlighting locals who speak emotionally and energetically, dispelling the myth that hydro is green energy. After the screening a day of paddling and adventuring is planned, […]
Balkan Rivers Tour 3 has officially started… on the road and on the water! Starting in Albania we are heading north through Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia ending in Slovenia. Six countries, 32 days and 17 events including film premiers of our documentary The Undamaged, street protests, creative actions and lots of kayaking. On day one we hit the water, kayaking the largest free flowing river left in Europe – the mighty Vjosa. What a way to kick off the tour, celebrating a river that so many locals have worked so hard to protect?! So, it seems fitting that we had the first (of many) premiers of The Undamaged […]
The tour starts in 5 days! The format of BRT 3 makes it different than past tours, but just as interactive and effective. Tour formula: Film Premier + Party – At least one FREE film projection in each of the 6 countries the tour travels through Kayaking – A day to enjoy the water we are fighting to protect Protest – A creative action or protest organized by the locals in defence of the rivers that need the most support Events in each country are coming together. When you attend an event you add your face and your voice to the fight. There is nothing easier, more fun and more […]
Sunshine, whitewater, flotilla, beer running and live ska music, we made an epic weekend celebrating the Soča and Učja rivers, telling $€NG to cancel plans to dam them. For many years SENG refused interviews with Slovenian national radio and TV on the topic of damming the upper Soča and Učja rivers. They broke their silence one day before our flotilla with a public statement saying they will go ahead with their plans and that they hope the public does not fall for the words of Rok Rozman. Big business publicly naming a member of the BRD team?! People having fun, paddling and partying in defence of the rivers they love?! […]
Balkan Rivers Tour will take place in autumn this year. So instead of making After-Party in cold and rainy November we are making Pre-Party in hot and sunny August. We will use this party and get together as a chance to apply pressure to SENG (Soča Hydropower Plants Company) and demand that they finally cancel plans for the dams on Učja River and upper Soča River. How? With a big flotilla of rafts and kayaks! Where? On the Soča River between Srpenica and Trnovo. Since hard work and creative action should always be awarded… we will make a party afterwards! In the evening we will gather in Kamp Koren to […]
Na zadnji dan junija, na prelepo sobotno jutro, smo združili moči z malo verjetnim partnerjem – skejterji na dogodku Rolka 7. Zakaj? Da bi dokazali, da naravovarstvo nima meja, omejitev in fiksnih idej; da bi pokazali da je prava zabava in rock’n’roll! Blejsko jezero je na 45 plovilih gostilo 50 ljudi, ki so podporo divjim rekam Slovenije izkazali z vesli dvignjenimi visoko v zrak. Kajaki, veslaški enojci, kanu, SUPi, pletni in flamingo. To ni bil protest. To je bila kreativna akcija. Akcija, s katero smo korumpiranim politikom dali vedeti, da je dovolj uničevanja. Da naj prenehajo z forsiranjem Akcijskega narčta obnovljivih virov Slovenije, ki bi, tak kot trenutno je, odprl […]
Woho! We are joyfully announcing what we hope will become the biggest and most effective action so far – Balkan Rivers Tour 3! A month full of film premiers, paddling and protests! Sign up for newsletter to stay up-to-date with all news regarding the tour and get ready. Cheers! Direct link to program here: https://balkanriverdefence.org/program See you on and next to the river!
Like everyone and everything we are also facing evolution. 2018 will be a big year for Balkan rivers and for us. We are turning a page in what is now becoming a thick book with new name that gives much better insight and explanation into what we are all about. Here is a little interpretation on why and how: We started Balkan Rivers Tour flying by the seat of our pants. What took off as a crazy idea turned into the biggest (and most fun) river conservation action in Europe. We started by touring the Balkans to raise awareness about the stunning, wild rivers that call the Balkan Peninsula home. We […]
Things should always end with a nice get together and party. To celebrate the completed tour we teamed up with Soča Outdoor Festival and Kamp Koren to provide best venues for best actions on the banks of Soča.