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Bis zum nächsten Jahr!

What a wonderful two weekends it has been – we hope you had as much fun as we did!

From everyone at the Oktoberfest Brisbane we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible and to everyone who attended for helping us celebrate German culture! We had an absolute blast dancing the chicken dance and singing along to the Fliegerlied with you. Thank you for supporting us year after year and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2018!

Bis zum nächsten Jahr!

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Das war so ein schöner Tag (la la la la la!)

What a day…

Our voices are hoarse from singing, our feet are sore from dancing, our stomachs are full of delicious food and we still have adrenaline rushing through our bodies from all of the rides.

We hope you had an absolute blast today – we certainly did!

Every year we spend months and months preparing this event for you, sometimes we are still up at 2am in the morning finishing an Infosheet or going over the agenda for the twentieth time, but seeing all of your smiling faces at the Oktoberfest for Teens makes it all worthwhile. Thank you from the bottom of our gingerbread hearts for being a part of this fantastic event.

For now – tschüss (goodbye), gute Nacht (good night) und bis bald (see you soon)!

– Your Oktoberfest for Teens Team

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Bis Morgen!

Lay out your Dirndl and Lederhosen, polish your dancing shoes and get to bed early, because tomorrow is our absolutely FAVOURITE day of the year! In just a few more hours we will be opening the doors to the Oktoberfest for Teens 2017!

We have so many exciting activities and performances in store for you and absolutely cannot wait to see all of your smiling faces walk through the gate tomorrow morning!

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Diese Woche ist es so weit!

What an amazing first weekend of Oktoberfest Brisbane!

Although it was a lot of fun, our favourite day of the year is still coming up – Oktoberfest for Teens 2017 is happening this Thursday!

Did you know that our Oktoberfest for Teens is the largest German language schools event in all of Australia? There will be food, entertainment, rides, competitions, games… and most importantly oodles of fun!

We absolutely can’t wait to see you – just three more sleeps to go!

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Week 6 – Willkommen zum Oktoberfest

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls – put on your Dirndl and Lederhosen, your dancing shoes and head to the Brisbane Showgrounds today for the official opening of Oktoberfest Brisbane 2017!

This afternoon Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Graham Quirk will tap the first keg and announce ‘O’zapft is!’ (It is tapped!) which will officially open this year’s event.

 

 

Once a year, the Brisbane Showgrounds transform into small Bavarian town, complete with a festival tent, marketplace and, of course, plenty of activities to keep you entertained all day long!

The Kinder Zone (children’s zone) will be offering a variety of fun and educational activities to keep the little ones busy: everything from the Street Science Show, learning to play the Glockenspiel, rides and our favourite – the farm animals! After hours of fun you can head to the marketplace to rehydrate and grab a plate of delicious food. You’ll be spoilt for choice with everything from schnitzel burgers to pork knuckles, potato salads, black forest cherry cake and sausages.

See you there!

 

 

Images courtesy of Oktoberfest Brisbane.

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Week 6 – Tag der Deutschen Einheit

The Tag der Deutschen Einheit (German Unity Day) is celebrated annually on the 3rd of October and marks the anniversary of the country’s reunification.

In 1949, following WWII, the German sector controlled by France, the UK and USA became the Federal Republic of Germany and the sector controlled by the Soviet Union became the German Democratic Republic (commonly known as the DDR). Throughout the next few years these two areas developed very different economic and political systems. Fast forward 40 years and Germans began, generally peacefully, protesting against the DDR government. Protesters called for political reform and for the borders between the Federal Republic of Germany and the DDR to be opened again. On the 9th of November 1989 the checkpoints opened, officially marking the fall of the Berlin wall. The fall of the wall led to major political changes and on October 3rd 1990 Germany’s reunification became official.

 

 

How do people spend their German Unity Day? Do they head to the beach and have BBQs like Australians do on Australia Day? Well, not quite…

German Unity Day is a national holiday in Germany and most people either celebrate with friends and family or at public events. These events often include speeches from politicians and other leaders, concerts, communal meals and, of course, fireworks! On this day it is also typical to see German flags raised, particularly on public buildings. The German flag is made up of three equal sections: black, representing the darkness of servitude, red, representing bloody conflict, and gold, representing the light of freedom.

 

 

Images and information retrieved from:

https://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/germany/german-unity-day

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/feierlichkeiten-zum-tag-der-deutschen-einheit-in-muenchen-und-berlin-fotostrecke-88105-9.html

http://www.wohlthat-entertainment.de/event/fest-zum-tag-der-deutschen-einheit/

 

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Week 6 – Brisbane German Week

For the second year in a row, the German Honorary Consul in Brisbane, Professor Michael Rosemann, is inviting all Germans and German-enthusiasts to his ‘German Week’ initiative. Starting on Sunday the 1st of October, this 15-day program will cover many aspects of German culture, such as language, business, science and innovation, music and art.

 

 

The German Week will kick off with an opening ceremony at King George Square, followed by two weeks of all things Germany, including a German Unity Day celebration and concert, a showcase of scientific collaborations between Australian and German universities, the opening of the Oktoberfest Brisbane, a screening of the German School Film Festival short films, a private opening of the ‘Gerhard Richter: The Life of Images’ exhibit at the Gallery of Modern Art and much, much more.

To find out more head to http://www.germanweek.com.au/

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Week 5 – Das Deutsche Sportabzeichen

Earlier this week you learned all about the Silberne Lorbeerblatt… but what about regular? … That’s where the Deutsche Sportabzeichen (German Sports Badge) comes in.

The Deutsche Sportabzeichen is awarded by the Deutscher Olympischer Sportsbund (German Olympic Sports Federation). It is the highest sporting award outside of competitive sports in Germny and is awarded to individuals who demonstrate above-average and versatile physical abilities. To gain the award an individual must demonstrate skill in the basic areas of endurance, strength, speed and coordination, and prove that they are able to swim (although most of us learned how to swim from a very young age in Australia, this is not the norm in Germany, thus, this is a ‘special skill’ which must be demonstrated to receive the badge).

 

 

There are two types of Sportabzeichen:

  • The Deutsche Sportabzeichen for Jugendliche (children and teenagers): boys and girls may be awarded with this badge from the calendar year of their 6th birthday onwards
  • The Deutsche Sportabzeichen for Erwachsene (adults): adults may be awarded with this badge from the calendar year of their 18th birthday onwards

 

People with disabilities are also able to gain this badge, however, the requirements differ (although the four skill categories remain the same). There are eleven categories of disabilities and the requirements for the badge are tailored to each category and, if needed, to the individual.

There are three badges which individuals can receive: bronze, silver and gold. An individual can apply to receive a badge in the category of their choosing (depending on their level of physical ability) once per calendar year, therefore, there are also special anniversary badges for individuals who have received the same badge for 5 years, 10 years, 15 years… 60 years!

 

 

In each of the 4 skill categories individuals have the choice of several options, for example:

  • Ausdauer (endurance): run 3km OR walk 7.5km OR cycle 20km
  • Schnelligkeit (speed): 50m or 100m sprint OR 25m swim OR 200m cycle
  • Koordination (coordination): high jump OR long jump OR gymnastics OR skipping
  • Kraft (strength): shot put OR standing long jump OR gymnastics

 

 

Images and information retrieved from:

http://www.deutsches-sportabzeichen.de/

http://www.metropolnews.info/mp259589/dosb-sportabzeichen-tour-2017-startet-in-berlin

 

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Week 5 – Das Silberne Lorbeerblatt

This week’s Infosheet theme is all about German athletes. What happens when an athlete in Germany performs exceptionally well? Let’s find out…

 

On the 23rd of June 1950 the German President of the time, Theodor Heuss, awarded the first Silbernes Lorbeerblatt. The first male athlete to receive this award was show jumper Fritz Thiedemann and the first female athlete to receive the award was tennis player Inge Pohmann.

 

 

The Silbernes Lorbeerblatt is awarded by the Bundespräsident der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (President of the Federal Republic of Germany) – currently this is Frank-Walter Steinmeier – to athletes who achieved outstanding sporting successes. This award is the highest achievement for top athletic performances in Germany. These outstanding successes include winning a title at a world championship or a medal at the Olympic or Paralympic Games, however, the award is not solely based on performance, but also on character: acting as an example for others is one of the prerequisites for being awarded with the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt. Another fundamental aspect of the award is that disabled and non-disabled athletes should be treated as equals. On the 23rd of June 1993 President Richard Weizsäcker, for the first time ever, presented both disabled and non-disabled recipients of the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt at the same ceremony. Weizsäcker stated that handicapped athletes are also top athletes in their field and should be treated as such. Shortly after he also became the first President to present the award to winners of the Deaflympics.

 

 

Since the Silbernes Lorbeerblatt was first awarded there have been many of recipients of it. Some of the most famous winners of the award include Boris Becker, Angelique Kerber, Uwe Seeler, Steffi Graf, Fritz Walter, Matthias Steiner, Dirk Nowitzki, Birgit Prinz and Kirsten Bruhn. However, athletes are not only able to receive this award for their individual achievements, but whole teams have received this award too, such as the German football team VfB Stuttgart for winning the German football championship in 1950, Germany’s national handball team for winning the world championship in 2007, Germany’s national football team (European Champion in 1972, 1980, 1996 and World Champion in 1954, 1974, 1990, 2014) and Germany’s women’s national football team (European Champion in 1989, 1991, 1995 and 1997, and World Champion in 2003 and 2007).

 

 

 

 

Images and information retrieved from:

http://www.bundespraesident.de/DE/Amt-und-Aufgaben/Orden-und-Ehrungen/Silbernes-Lorbeerblatt/silbernes-lorbeerblatt-node.html

http://www.abendzeitung-muenchen.de/gallery.kapitaen-des-fc-bayern-feiert-31-geburtstag-bilder-lahms-31-lebensjahr-hoehepunkt-seiner-karriere.f056df5b-68c7-458b-91b7-cfacaf11766c.html/id/fc8e48ba-c76e-4851-83a0-a44a3cbbe322

http://www.bz-berlin.de/berlin-sport/mehr-berlin-sport/gauck-ehrt-medaillengewinner-und-hofft-auf-olympia-in-deutschland

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Week 4 – Bavaria Film

Continuing on with this week’s movies and TV theme, let us introduce you to Bavaria Film – one of the largest European film production companies based in, you guessed it, Bavaria.

The studio was originally founded in 1919 (under a different name) and has since been home to some of the industry’s biggest names in film production. For example, did you know that Alfred Hitchcock shot his first film, ‘The Pleasure Garden’, here? Other world famous directors who have produced works at this studio include Stanley Kubrick, Orson Welles and Oliver Stone.

 

EINGANG TAG Bavaria Film-Gelaende Foto: Bavaria Film/ Manfred Laemmerer

After being founded in 1919, originally named ‘Münchener Lichtspielkunst AG’, in a southern suburb of Munich – Grünwald – it was bought up in 1932 by investor Wilhelm Kraus who renamed it to the Bavaria Film AG. Many famous movies and TV shows have been filmed at the studios, such as the original ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’, ‘The Sound of Music’, and TV show ‘Das Boot.’

Today, Bavaria Film owns many subsidiaries, such as Bavaria Fernsehproduktion, which has produced many episode of German TV series ‘Tatort’, Bavaria Filmstadt, a tourist attraction where visitors can get a glimpse into the production of TV shows, Bavaria Media and Bavaria Pictures.

Although Bavaria Film is one of Europe’s largest film production companies, there are many others, for example Constantin Film. Constantin Film co-produced big names such as ‘The Never Ending Story’, ‘Seven’, ‘The Sixth Sense’ and ‘Dances with Wolves.’ The company also co-produced many of our German favourites, such as ‘Bibi Blocksberg’, ‘Das fliegende Klassenzimmer’ (The flying classroom), ‘Türkisch für Anfänger’ (Turkish for beginners), ‘Der Schuh des Manitu’ (Manitou’s Shoe – the most successful German film ever), and finally, the biggest German comedy of the year 2013 featuring Elyas M’Barek and Karoline Herfurth, ‘Fack ju Göhte’ (Suck me Shakespeare).

Images and information retrieved from:

http://www.total-munich.com/20150420120/kids/bavaria-film-sudios.html

http://www.bavaria-film.de/

https://www.monaco-baviera.net/tour-bavaria-film-studios-da-fare/

http://medien.welt.de/2015/12/16/ein-jahr-kann-lang-sein-friedhelm-bixschlag-wird-im-januar-co-chef-der-bavaria-studios/

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