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Karneval @ Brisbane German Club

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The tradition of Karneval in German speaking countries dates back to the Middle Ages. It is celebrated during Lent, and thus the actual date changes each year.

But what is Karneval? It's an annual festival where the aim is to create and participate in craziness! Traditionally this was to assert and celebrate independence of both cities and regional cultures within German-speaking countries. It's also a time to just realise the importance of not taking life too seriously, and for everyone to have fun.

In Cologne, for example, festivities culminate close to Easter, with the entire city basically stopping. The European winter is slowly receding and it's not quite so cold outdoors. Parades run up and down main streets, people sing and dance, and everyone dresses up in wild costumes and goes just a little crazy. A "little crazy" can mean different things, such as women cutting men's ties in half, people only speaking in a very thick dialect unintelligble to other areas, or smashing anything ceramic. I never could work that last one out.

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With such a unique festival happening every year, it's understandable that anyone from Germany living in Australia could get a little homesick around this time of year. And it's maybe a bit too far to travel all the way to Germany just for Karneval. Luckily, the good people at the German Club in Woolloongabba are hosting Karneval on the 25th of February. If you haven't already been to the German Club, you should really use this event as an excuse to come and check out the excellent facilities at this club, along with authentic German food and arguably the best range of beers at a licensed premises in Brisbane.

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On the night, there will be a best dressed competition, live music and dancing, and just a fantastic, spontaneous vibe. Book quickly, so that you are able to secure a table if you are going as a group. You will notice that the start time is 7:11pm precisely. This is intentional, as traditionally Karneval gatherings will start at this time.

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Photo by Tim 'Avatar' Bartel .

Getting there is easy enough by public transport, via train and/or bus. Plan your journey here

So book your tickets here and come along to enjoy a unique slice of German culture. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page here.
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Why? Enjoy a great evening filled with German culture, food and drink
When: 7:11pm-11:59pm
Phone: 07 3391 2434
Where: 416 Vulture Street, East Brisbane, Brisbane, Australia 4102
Cost: $5 pp via
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