Donnerstag, 11.10.2018

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Donnerstag, 11.10.2018


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.

Event Location: Brisbane Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills


Tag der Deutschen Einheit – Day of German Unity

The celebrations of the Day of German Unity were a highlight during Brisbane German Week 2018. More than 220 guests attended at Porsche Centre Brisbane and were greeted by a display of cars reflecting the German national colors.

Prof Michael Rosemann, Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in Brisbane, (speech available here) opened the event by stating that unity is not a state, but an endeavour requiring ongoing ambition, attention and inter-generational commitment. Unification occurs at the interplay of opportunity and obligation. He then referred to the Day of German Unity as a rich source of inspiration for the growing relationship between Australia and Germany. A societal value needs to complement economic, political or scientific narratives and while similarities are a solid foundation, it is the careful integration of complementary strengths that creates the unique value of a relationship.

In his address, Mr Michael Mueller, President of the German Bundesrat and Governing Mayor of Berlin, (speech available here) emphasised that “Berlin stands for German reunification. {…} for the freedom that was regained and for the end of a dictatorship.” As a result, Berlin has become a city of freedom, freedom that facilitates individual and corporate creativity, but also forms a haven for higher education and research. Mr Mueller than quoted the theme of the celebrations of the Day of German Unity in Berlin “Only with you”, also a reference to the strong belief in the Australia-Germany relationship.

The Honorable Cameron Dick MP, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning, representing the Premier of Queensland, Hon. Annastacia Palaszczuk, (speech available here) referred to the Berlin Wall as material manifestation of the Cold War, “[…] and then the wall came down, and the world was flooded with hope. […]” The Minister highlighted that the path to reunification was not easy, but today Germany stands as the touchstone of a united Europe and is a “champion for human rights.” He stressed that Germany sets benchmarks in renewable energy, workers rights and provides fresh ways in distributing its prosperity.

The three speeches were followed by a 45 minutes performance by musicians of the Queensland Youth Orchestras. A string quartet performed works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Schumann and in particular Haydn’s Sunrise Quartet, Op. 76 No. 4, before a Lower Brass Quartet entertained the audience with works by Bruckner and Ellington.

The guests enjoyed the post-concert networking opportunities and no doubt countless new, German-Australian friendships were formed.

Articles covering the evening have been published in the newspapers ‘Der Tagesspiegel’ (see here)  and ‘Berliner Morgenpost’ (see here), SBS German also conducted a short interview with Bundesratspraesident Michael Mueller which can be listened to here.

Date: 11 October, 2018

Brisbane German Week Schedule 2018

01

Montag, 01.10.2018 (Queen’s Birthday)

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02

Dienstag, 02.10.2018

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03

Mittwoch, 03.10.2018

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04

Donnerstag, 04.10.2018

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05

Freitag, 05.10.2018

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06

Samstag, 06.10.2018

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07

Sonntag, 07.10.2018

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08

Montag, 08.10.2018

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09

Dienstag, 09.10.2018

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10

Mittwoch, 10.10.2018

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11

Donnerstag, 11.10.2018

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12

Freitag, 12.10.2018

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13

Samstag, 13.10.2018

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Sonntag, 14.10.2018

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