Welcome to Brisbane German Week!

Brisbane German Week was celebrating its 5th birthday in 2020! It was again filled with a plethora of events, networking opportunities, new insights, competitions and a whole lot of fun! We hope to have brought to you the experience of the broad range of what makes up Germany and how we continuously create even closer partnerships and bridges between Germany and Queensland. You saw just how much German language, music, science and innovation, corporations and start-ups, food, film, arts and music can inspire. The specific circumstances of 2020 formed constraints that turned into opportunities – they did not slow down our ambitions. This year for the first time BGW 2020 featured a joint event with the AIIA, a new partnership with the GABC in Germany and a German-Australian cooking show. Brisbane German Week is a true team effort of Germany-enthusiasts and involves a number of Partners and partner organisations, each of them an important part in the Australian-German landscape without whom this initiative would not have come to life.

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 Queensland University of Technology. From a young age, Michael was fascinated with bridges. In fact, his dream job was to become an engineer with a specialisation in designing and building bridges.

He would have never thought, though, that he would one day be building bridges between between Australia and Germany as well as bridges between the various communities that make up our wonderful countries.

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, an vague idea became reality. A new multicultural event was born on 2 October 2016: Brisbane German Week #1. Since then, and over the last five 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 2020 we will feature a true national Science and Innovation Day and have another Australia-wide german language competition. And finally, we might not be able to host our traditional and much loved concert on the German Day of Unity again this year, but rest assured, that this day will be recognised in appropriate ways again.

Follow us and get involved

We are confident that Brisbane German Week 2020 has again something to offer for everyone. In order to stay in touch of the latest updates, we invite you to follow us on social media and come back to the BGW website regularly. Share YOUR Brisbane German Week Heimat-experiences with us on social media and tag your photos with #brisbanegermanweek and #bgw20 – 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 during the event.

Stay tuned and “tschüss, bis Oktober”!