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We open current and new topics about water, water resources, sustainable and circular economy.
We give new dimensions to water.
We share good practices.
We connect business people, experts and politicians on the international level.
We award innovative ideas, excellent examples of good practice and national projects.

Co-organizer of Bled Water Festival:

2019: We had 6 expert panel and 1 round table sessions and shared 6 good practise examples

Interview with the view

Interview with Haneul Kim, certified water sommelier, on water, how to taste it, what are the trends with regard to water and more.
Location: Bled Castle


Festival opening

It can be done! Good practices that prove it.

Public Institution Aquatika – Freswater Aquarium Karlovac,
MSci. Marina Grčić, Department  of city development and EU funds, City of Karlovac

WWF Adria, Katarina Trstenjak, Communication officer Fish Forward

Tishler, Nejc Leskovar, owner of the company

Youth Water Community Central and Eastern Europe, Žiga Ščukovt, president

Ecologists without Borders, Urša Zgojznik, president

PANEL: Innovative water resource conservation approaches (experience from EU projects)

Water resources are a key part of potable water supply and the beginning of the urban water cycle. And protecting and safeguarding water resources in light of climate changes is a challenge involving the wider region. The innovative solutions of these challenges are also supported by the EU, which develops approaches for preserving and protecting potable water resources through various projects.
Project AMIIGA: dr. Brigita Jamnik, JP VO-KA Ljubljana
Project DriDanube: dr. Andreja Sušnik, ARSO
Project EdiCitNet: doc. dr. Nataša Atanasova
Project FRAMWAT: doc. drPrimož Banovec
Project CAMARO-D: dr. Daniel Kozelj
Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Project PROLINE-CE: doc. dr. Barbara Čenčur Curk, Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana
Moderator: Adrijan Bakič

PANEL: Potable spring water and waterway to the Kamnik-Savinja Alps

The panel is organised by the Kamnik Caving Club and the Municipality of Kamnik. The panel will discuss the importance and role of water for people, their attitude towards water and the risks concerning water resources. Results of the analyses of water resources in the highland and foothill areas of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps will be presented as part of the Water Story of the Kamnik-Savinja Alps project and the waterway interconnecting the springs.
Moderator: Adrijan Bakič
 dr. Janko UrbancBarbara StrajnarVido KregarFranz Josef Smrtnik and dr. Rajko Slapnik.

PARALLEL SESSION: Signing a commitment

Signing a commitment between representatives of economy and government on implementing the objectives of the United Nations, which are set out in the Agenda 2030 for sustainable development. The commitment refers to attaining the objective 6: access to water, sanitation and sustainable management of water resources must be ensured by 2030.


PANEL: Digitalisation and cybernetic safety in the field of water management

Water circulating in the water circuit of urban environments is part of our everyday life, starting with the abstraction of water from the environment for our basic needs of potable water supply, all the way to the drainage and treatment of waste water that is returned back to the environment. For this reason, water is the most controlled resource of the urban environment and requires additional consideration in terms of controlling the information (cybernetic) safety when ensuring sustainable water management.
Moderator: Lenart J. Kučič
Speakers: Peter Grasselli, AITSA, Danilo Burnač, Maribor Water Distribution System, dr. Mitja Bricelj, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Tone Kajzer, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs

About water with water sommelier, guided water tasting 

Certified water sommelier Haneul Kim from South Korea will present the technical aspects of water, followed by a guided tasting of nine samples of spring water as well as water from bodies of water of Slovenia. Slovenia has high-quality potable water, the question however remains: are we able to tell the difference between different sources of water? Water tastings will be carried out in cooperation with the Municipality of Kamnik and the Kamnik Caving Club.

FILM: 2467 km – Eine Reise bis ins Schwarze Meer

2467 km – A journey to the Black Sea: 2467 km, 63 days, 360 hours on a SUP and 600,000 paddle strokes for spreading awareness about the increasing pollution of water and rivers around the world. Pascal Rösler paddled down the Isar and Danube rivers from Munich to the Black Sea in Romania. The journey was recorded on film by his two colleagues and together they made a film.

The screening of the film will be followed by a discussion with Pascal Rösler.

PANEL: Health ecology

Last year’s BWF award-winner Ericsson Nikola Tesla from Croatia, in association with the Croatian National Institute of Public Health, started setting up a web platform about how the quality of the environment (in this case water) impacts the health of people both in terms of quality and safety of potable water in public water supply systems or smaller water distribution systems (wells, private sources, etc.) that are not under constant control of the public health system and other supervisory authorities as well as in terms of the quality of water in protected natural areas visited by people for recreation, etc. (national parks, parks and similar).
Moderator:  Adrijan Bakič
Karlo GuštinEricsson Nikola Tesla, Croatia, prof. dr. Mihael Jožef Toman, Biotechnical Faculty University Ljubljana, Iztok Rozman, The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia.

Responsible towards water

Discussion with nominees of the 2019 Responsible Towards Water international award.
Moderator: Adrijan Bakič

PANEL: Investments in technologies for improving the environment and tackling climate change

Pogovor bo tekel o projektih in investicijah za boljše okolje. Srečali se bodo domači in tuji inovatorji in investitorji ter imeli priložnost prisluhniti drug drugemu, poiskati skupne točke, priti do novih spoznanj in načeti teme, kako le-te uresničiti.
Moderator: Artjom Bajdak
Speakers:  Jan Čufer, Humko, Johannes J. Krmc and Suzana Leben, JEMS, Vladimir Milošević, Archimedes Principal.

PANEL: The path to sustainable development

Organized by Global Water Partnership.

Moderator: Martina Zupan

Speakers: dr. Aleš Bizjak, Slovenian Water Agency, doc. Barbara Čenčur Curk, Faculty for Natural Sciences and Engineering, University of Ljubljana, dr. Mitja Bricelj, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning, Uroš Vajgl, Republic of Slovenia Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Žiga Ščukovt, Youth Water Community Central and Eastern Europe



The participants of the festival have free access to the Bled castle with accreditation, where you can explore the cultural heritage and enjoy the beautiful view, while on Straža Bled you can try the summer sledding.


BWF 2019 Award Ceremony and festival closing.


The next transformed edition of Bled Water Festival will be held
on 10 and 11 June 2021.


The festival will take place at the hotel Vila Bled in Bled, one of the ten most beautiful places in the world.


Vila Bled
Cesta svobode 18
Bled, Slovenia



Accommodation at the time of the festival is accepted in the Vila Bled Hotel.


Reservations Bled Rose Hotel:

w:  Vila Bled

e: : recepcija-vb@brdo.si

t: +386 (0)4 575 3710

For BWF special offer please use the code BWF.
The code guarantees that in case of cancellation of the event, you will not have any costs in case of cancellation of the hotel reservation.

Photo by Aleš Mezek


Grajska cesta 45
4260 Bled

e: info@bledwf.com
t: +386 (0)30 331 732





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