The third of October is the Day of German Unity, celebrated as German National Day. Thirty years on, we celebrate in commemoration of the anniversary of German reunification in 1990. This day celebrates a reunited Germany, now consisting of 16 states and a population of more than 82 million.
The German Missions in Australia have come together and have chosen their local landmark to be illuminated in the German colours on this day across Australia! You can find all photos in our 2020 Gallery. #brisbanegermanweek #germany30
Sydney Town Hall
Telstra Tower Canberra
Story & Victoria Bridges Brisbane
Flinders Street Railway Station & 196 Flinders Street Melbourne
Council House Perth
In recognition of this day and its significance, Brisbane’s iconic bridges, Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge, will be illuminated in the colours of the German flag in a stunning display of lights. Gratitude goes to the fantastic support by the City of Brisbane for Brisbane German Week.
But there is more in this important year. In a national initiative to further commemorate this occasion, the German Missions in Australia (German Embassy Canberra, German Consulate General Sydney, Honorary Consuls around Australia), invite you to visit our social media accounts and website www.australia.diplo.de, where you can enjoy concerts, documentaries, art and peek into historic documents from German and Australian archives. These special events will be available from 1 to 4 October.
Under the heading “30 for 30”, thirty Australians from journalism, arts, culture, academia and politics will share their thoughts about the German Reunification 30 years on. See an array of interesting and curious content spanning from concerts, documentaries and art to letting you peek into diplomatic documents on Australia of the former East German government. Visit the German Embassy Canberra’s Facebook and Twitteraccounts to view and enjoy!
Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany:
30 years of German Unity
The fall of the Berlin Wall, symbol of the Cold War, on 9 November 1989 paved the way for the reunification of Germany on 3 October 1990. With the end of Germany’s division, a transformation process started in the east and southeast European countries which culminated in the dissolution of the former Soviet Union. The “peaceful revolution” in the autumn of 1989 eventually changed the international political landscape characterized since the end of the World War II by the East-West conflict. German unification was also seen in Australia as an event that had brought about monumental changes. Since then, the 3 October 1990 is Germany’s National Day. Therefore this year, on 3 October 2020, Germany is celebrating 30 years of German Unity.