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Brisbane German Week 2017

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Enjoy German food, entertainment, culture and beer
Brisbane's German week is in its second year and of course is in Oktober (yes that is the German spelling) and includes Oktoberfest. Overall the "week" lasts for over 2 weeks (not very German I know) and includes a wide range of free, ticketed, business, scientific, cultural and musical events and activities.

Photo courtesy of the Oktoberfest
Photo courtesy of the Oktoberfest


The highlight for many people will be Oktoberfest. There is more to this wonderful ticketed event than drinking German beer, wearing lederhosen and dirndls, eating pretzels and sausages while doing a polka. However all of the above will be encouraged. To be honest that is all a lot of fun for everyone young through to old.

Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest
Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest


German week has more on often than just Oktoberfest. For the first time in Australia there will be an Oktoberpole ceremony. This free event will be held in King George Square on October 1 where a traditional German maypole will be raised. The maypole has been renamed an Oktoberpole because spring in the southern hemisphere is October not May. While there you can enjoy some traditional German entertainment and food.

Photo of an Oktoberpole courtesy of Oktoberfest Brisbane
Photo of an Oktoberpole courtesy of Oktoberfest Brisbane


For lovers of classical music, there is the German National Day Concert on October 3 at the AUDI Centre Brisbane performed by the Adina String Quartet. Enjoy views of the Brisbane River and the Story Bridge while listening to music by the great German composers.

Other events include days with focuses on language, business, science, art, film and of course German cars. Beyond the official German week activities there will also be plenty of Oktoberfest related activities in bars around Brisbane. So there is no reason not to put your lederhosen and dirndls and get your German on.

Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest
Photo courtesy of Oktoberfest


The list of activities are

October 1: German Week Opening Ceremony/Oktoberpole

October 2: German Language Day

October 3: German National Day Concert

October 4: German Science and Innovation Day

October 5: German Business Day

October 6: The German Festival- Oktoberfest Brisbane Opening Ceremony

October 7: The German Festival Oktoberfest Brisbane, Miss Oktoberfest Brisbane

October 8: The German Festival Oktoberfest Brisbane Family Day

October 9: Queensland German School Film Festival Screening

October 10: Meet your Consul

October 11: History of Germans in Queensland

October 12: German Unity Day Reception and Oktoberfest for Teens

October 13: Art of Germany at QAGOMA

October 14: The German Festival- Oktoberfest Brisbane, Schnucki Fashion Parade

October 15: The German Festival: Autofest at Oktoberfest Brisbane

Image courtesy of Oktoberfest
Image courtesy of Oktoberfest

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