The German Youth Choir supported by a quartet from the Queensland Youth Orchestras performing at the Day of German Unity celebrations on 3 October 2023
The reception on the occasion of the Day of German Unity on 3 October was a wonderful evening that celebrated our unified country. West End’s Thomas Dixon Centre was hosting us this year at their magnificent rooftop terrace. Home of the Queensland Ballet since 1991, the more than 160 guests were able to witness a classy combination of contemporary architecture, performing arts and community engagement in a historic building constructed in 1908.
We thank the Hon Leanne Linard, Minister for the Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Mr John-Paul Langbroek, Shadow Minister for Seniors, Communities and Disability Services, and Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, and Councillor Greg Adermann, Pullenvale, for their attendance on a special night like this, where there was no shortage of chances to catch-up with old friends and to build new relationships.
We very much thank the long-standing support of the wonderful Queensland Youth Orchestras as well as the dedication of the German Youth Choir thanks also to conductor Beatrice Klepper for providing the entertainment during the official part of the night.
Tag der Deutschen Einheit – German National Day
The third of October is the Day of German Unity, celebrated as German National Day. It commemorates German reunification in 1990 when the Federal Republic of Germany and the German Democratic Republic were reunited. The German Unity Day has been a national public holiday since 1990, when the reunification was formally completed. Each year, the capital of the German state that resides the Bundesrat is host of the so called Bürgerfest. In 2023, this celebration took place in Hamburg under the motto ‘Horizonte Öffnen’.
Like each year, the Story Bridge and the Victoria Bridge were lit up in a stunning display of lights in the colours of the German flag on the evening of the 3 October. .
Our heartfelt gratitude goes to the invaluable support of the City of Brisbane for their tremendous support for Brisbane German Week.
The German Missions in Australia came together in 2020 at the 30th reunification anniversary and had chosen their local landmark to be illuminated in the German colours on this day across Australia.
Sydney Town Hall
Telstra Tower Canberra
Story & Victoria Bridges Brisbane
Flinders Street Railway Station & 196 Flinders Street Melbourne
Council House Perth
Under the heading “30 for 30”, thirty Australians from journalism, arts, culture, academia and politics shared their thoughts in 2020 about the German Reunification 30 years on.
Visitors enjoyed 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.
Date: 3 October, 2023 Start Time: 6:00 pm Finish Time: 8:00 pm Event Location: Thomas Dixon Centre