Brisbane German Week


Brisbane German Week is already celebrating its 9th birthday in 2024!

Starting on 1 October with a spectacular and much anticipated concert reception, this will be another series of events showcasing the rich spectrum of collaborations between Germany and Australia. In what feels, despite all, like one of the most intensive and progressing years for the partnership between our two countries, we are delighted to present you the highlights across education, business and economy, science and innovation, arts, culture and most of all inspiration, fun and networking. We will bring you established events such as the Science and Innovation Day with the latest updates on joint research outcomes as well as the Business Day with the fresh and brand new “iGABA – the innovative German Australian Business Alliance”. The arts evening has made space for an exploration of the impact of artificial intelligence on learning a foreign language and bilingualism while the crowd pleasing Oktoberfest at the Brisbane German Club will showcase you a mini Bavaria. The language competition for students will take a new format, the German Kino Club will be there to satisfy the cravings of German cinephiles and you can enjoy Brisbane’s iconic bridges lit up in the colours of the German flag on Tuesday, 3 October.

Browse through our program, most of our events are free! But tickets are limited so be sure to register quickly. We can’t wait to welcome you all back…



How did we get here

Brisbane’s German Honorary Consul Prof Michael Rosemann is a Professor for Innovation Systems and the Director of the Centre for Future Enterprise at the Queensland University of Technology. From a young age, Michael was fascinated with bridges. In fact, his very first dream job was to become an engineer with a specialisation in designing and building bridges, a Brückenbauingenieur.

He would have never thought, that he would one day be building bridges between our two nations – Australia and Germany – as well as bridges between the various communities that make up both our wonderful countries. (Image 2017 “Oktoberpole”)


From idea to reality

Just a month after his official welcome in June 2016, Prof Michael Rosemann proposed to his office located in the Gold Tower across from the beautiful Eagle Street Pier, the idea to create a German Week covering significant topics such as Science, Business, History and Culture…  Within just eight weeks, a vague idea became reality. A new multicultural event was born on 2 October 2016: Brisbane German Week #1. Since then, and over the last eight years, Brisbane German Week has become an integral part of Brisbane’s event calendar. In fact, in many cases the event has scaled up far beyond Queensland. For example, in 2019 the language competition became an Australia-wide event (and has been since) and since 2020 we have been hosting a national Science and Innovation Day (AGRN). Since 2022, we are delighted that Adelaide German Week as well as the Australia Week in Munich have been established. In 2024, Melbourne and Canberra are also getting creative and joining the forces of Australia’s German Weeks! DAS IST DOCH WUNDERBAR!



Follow us and get involved

We are confident that Brisbane German Week 2024 has something to offer for everyone. In order to stay in touch of the latest updates, we invite you to follow us on our social channels and come back to the BGW website regularly. Share YOUR Brisbane German Week Heimat-experiences with us on socials and tag your photos with #brisbanegermanweek and #BGW24 – we’d love to see you celebrate with us! Your memories will be running across our website via live ticker and on our Get Social page.

Stay tuned and “tschüss, bis 1. Oktober”!