Welcome to Brisbane German Week 2021!

Brisbane German Week is already celebrating its 6th birthday in 2021! 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, of course, established events such as the Science and Innovation Day with the latest updates on joint research outcomes as well as the Business Day with not just one, but two significant announcements. The arts evening will explore the creative impact on AI while the crowd pleasing ‘Let’s Sauerkraut’ will have all hands on in the kitchen. The language competition 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 lid up in the colours of the German flag on Sunday, 3 October.

It is, however, with great sadness that Brisbane Oktoberfest had to be cancelled this year. These remain challenging and fast changing times, and we will all need to demonstrate agility and compliance in BGW2021.

Browse through the program of Brisbane German Week. All events are for 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 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, though, that he would one day be building bridges 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 six 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 in 2020 we hosted a true national Science and Innovation Day.

Follow us and get involved

We are confident that Brisbane German Week 2021 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 #BGW21 – 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 1 Oktober”!