10:00am Oktoberfest for Teens (Brisbane Showgrounds)
6:00pm German National Day Concert (Porsche Centre Brisbane)
Oktoberfest for Teens
Unique in Australia – and possibly to any Oktoberfest worldwide – ‘Oktoberfest for Teens’ is Queensland’s largest schools’ language event and is, in fact, the largest language schools event throughout Australia. Organised by Paula Hay from the German Teachers’ Branch, with support from Oktoberfest Brisbane, this celebration sets the German language and culture alive for more than 2,000 primary and secondary school students and teachers across Queensland and northern New South Wales! Learning resources, quizzes and competitions are provided as part of the integrated learning journey for the weeks leading up to this German schools Festival. This event is an unforgettable educational day of great German fun, food, competitions, entertainment and, most importantly, language.
As part of the celebrations, the winning school, class and student of the online Deutsch competition, which began on 1 October 2018, will be announced today.
The third of October is the Day of German Unity, celebrated as German National Day. Tonight we will hold the reception to celebrate in commemoration of the anniversary of the German reunification in 1990, the day that celebrates a reunited Germany, reunited families, reunited culture and Berlin was once again designated as the capital of united Germany.
In recognition of the Day of German Unity on 3 October Brisbane’s iconic bridges, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge, will show the colours of the German flag in a display of lights. Do you celebrate German Unity Day on this side of the world? Show us your photos, share your best pictures of the lit-up bridges (3 October) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #brisbanegermanweek #BGW18 and #germanyinbrisbane.
Tonight, German car manufacturer Porsche (Porsche Centre Brisbane, Newstead) will be the host to a classical concert featuring selected pieces of well-known German composers. We are delighted to welcome Australian Flautist Sally Walker on stage for this concert, supported by violin players.
Germany has a special place in Sally Walker’s heart, who called Germany home for ten years. She was awarded a DAAD scholarship and completed her Artists’ Diploma at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien, Hanover, followed by her Master at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Munich. She was a grand-finalist in Italy’s Leonardo de Lorenzo International Flute Competition, second prize winner in Germany’s Friedrich Kuhlau International Flute Competition and has performed and toured with the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Deutsche Kammmerakademie Neuss, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Kölner Kammerorchester, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Among the many works Sally has commissioned and premiered, is the ‘Concerto Night and Now’ by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin, most recently performed with the Queensland Youth Orchestras, conducted by John Curro. She is Lecturer in Flute at Australia’s University of Newcastle, Lecturer in Classical Performance (Woodwind) at the Australian National University and Artistic Director of the chamber music series ‘Twilight Musical Dialogues’.
This special event is free and open to the public with limited seats. It starts at 6.00pm for 6:30pm, includes German-inspired catering and finishes at 8.30pm. Registrations will be available from 1 September.