Brisbane German Week 2017 – Highlights

30 Sep , 2017  


Can you feel the German vibes yet? Time to get excited!


Opening Ceremony

An imposing traditional event will kick-start Brisbane German Week 2017 with the main character making its way from the small Bavarian town Langengeisling to Brisbane – the first Oktoberbaum (Oktoberpole) in Australia will be raised in Brisbane!

The German tradition of raising a Maibaum marks the beginning of spring and is always a big celebration. We are delighted to have this exciting event as the Opening Ceremony for Brisbane German Week 2017 on Sunday, 1 October.

Transforming King George Square into a Bavarian Biergarten and Marktplatz with traditional German music, delicious German food, German beverages and traditional German products, crowds will be treated to a preview of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017 and Brisbane German Week 2017. Brisbane will experience the pole raising ceremony like a traditional Bavarian town – with great food, drinks, friends and lots of fun.
Come and join to be part of the raising of Australia’s first Bavarian Maibaum in Brisbane!

And it doesn’t end here – plenty more highlights will follow this event through Brisbane German Week!


National Day

3 October is the Day of German Unity which is celebrated as the German National Day.  German car  manufacturer Audi will host a German artists inspired classical concert at Audi Centre Brisbane, performed by the Adina String Quartet from the astounding Queensland Symphony Orchestra. This event is proudly supported by the German Australian Community Centre Qld (GACCQ), catered by King of Cakes.



The German Business Day hosted at SAP on 5 October will showcase a variety of organisations, such as the German Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce Qld, German Australian Business Association, German-Australian Business Women Association. Elaborations will be on local business opportunities, trade policies and developments. A focus will also be on ‘new business’ in the form of start-ups and how we can further foster the exchange of business activities between Queensland and Germany. We look forward to welcoming you at SAP in Brisbane.


Prof Michael Rosemann

If you have always wanted to meet your Consul, look behind the scenes of the German Consulate, ask questions you haven’t asked about German Missions abroad, your chance to do just that over a German Bier is on 10 October at the Brisbane German Club from 4:30pm.

Also at the Brisbane German Club, you can discover the fascinating story of Brisbane’s German roots on 11 October from 4:30pm. Two remarkable historians will unveil facts about German influences on Queensland life, with a focus on tradition, the arts and design. Did you know that the Brisbane Greeters have established Brisbane’s German Story in their own little October tour? It will be offered for the second time this year and every day of the month, along with its German highlights!



If you have a strong interest in Germany and its relationship with research or if you are a German exchange student as well as studying German, don’t miss out on German Science and Innovation Day on 4 October! The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Humboldt representatives will be there to assist you broaden your university experience and in opening doors to a successful future.

More exciting events are happening for school students (but not only!): From 2 to 10 October it is Language Competition time! Show your skills and win for your school and compare with other students, classes and schools!

A special event and Queensland first will then take place on 9 October. Enjoy the award-winning movie “Heidi” free for anyone to attend while nibbling on a King of Cakes Brezel! Take your teacher, class mates and family members and let’s cheer for the two winning German classes of the 2016 German School Film Festival, and yes they are QUEENSLANDERS! This event is hosted at the Gallery of Modern Art, co-organised by the Goethe-Institute Australia. As a first we are able to screen those in Brisbane to pay tribute to Queensland’s German teaching schools!

Oktoberfest for Teens, taking place on 12 October, is Queensland’s largest schools language event and is, in fact, the largest German language schools event in all Australia. It sets German Language and culture alive for around 2,000 primary and secondary school students and teachers across Queensland. Learning resources, quizzes and competitions are provided as part of the integrated learning journey for the weeks leading up to this schools’ German Festival. Learn more here and register your school.

And – of course! – Oktoberfest will be on!



Don your Dirndl and Lederhosen, THE German festival is coming on 6-8 and 14-15 October!

Each day comes with mouth-watering German eats such as Pork Knuckles, sweet treats and a German sausage selection even the average butcher would envy. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy a great outing with authentic music, food, entertainment and culture!

The Festival is packed full of fantastisch fun, food and festivities. Enjoy the kids corner, Heidi the Yodeller and all day entertainment by the Bavarian Oompah band.

On 6 October, you can join a raft of VIPs for a ceremonious event as Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk kicks off the two-week Oktoberfest Brisbane celebration! We have been privileged to have Lord Mayor Graham Quirk tap the first keg in 2008 and look forward to welcoming him back again this year to kick off Oktoberfest Brisbane for the 10th time in 2017!

The German Festival brings you the Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane competition, the exciting Bavarian Strongmen Competition and the Schnucki Fashion Parade beside delicious German Food, Heidi the Yodeller and the Bavarian Oompah band. Don’t miss your chance to visit Australia’s largest and most authentic German Festival!

On 13 October is the official launch of ‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images’ (open to the public: 14 Oct 2017 – 4 Feb 2018) being the first substantial Australian exhibition of his works of six decades. It will include some of the most compelling and enigmatic pictures of the 20th and 21st centuries and show how the artist established an unparalleled influence on contemporary art. This exhibition, starting on 14 October, is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see these rarely brought together works, including images from the media and intimate glimpses of his family. During the 5 months exhibition, a variety of events will be happening. Stay updated by visiting GOMA’s website.

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