Karneval / Fasching (March)
A traditional German Karnival for Kids! A great way to celebrate Harmony Day in Canberra.
Join the families of the German playgroups, playschool and Pfadfinder scouts (both past and present), for an exciting children's parade, a BBQ, entertainment, singing and dancing. Who will be the Prince and Princess of the Karnival? Will the parents be able to get the "keys to the city" back from the revelling party-going children? Karnival is a time for being silly and celebrating.
Dress up, bring a plate to share, bring your camera to catch the colour and action; and don't forget your big grin!
Our next Karneval is planned for
Sunday __ March 2015
11am to 2pm
Haig Park, next to Turner Scout Hall
Bring a plate to share (salad, crudite, dips, Bretzeln, desserts); and your picnic blanket.
Spielwelt will supply sausages, bread, onions, sauces, juice, water, and traditional Karnival Krapfen.
Some plates, cutlery, cups and napkins also available.
Download our Karnival poster for 2012, and put it up in the community, or send it to your friends.
Karnival is part of the Harmony Day events across Australia - and we have a special treat in store for everyone. Without giving anything away, expect international entertainment and a lot of jumping!
Many thanks to the German Embassy Canberra for their financial support of the 2011 and 2012 Karnivals. The German Embassy was celebrating 60 years of German-Australian diplomatic relations in 2012, and their funding helped us to join their celebrations, in Spielwelt style!
Spielwelt gratefully acknowledges funding from the ACT Government's Multicultural Grants program which has enabled us to put on terrific Karnevals, as part of the lead up to Harmony Day in Australia.
We are also grateful to the Austrian Choir who delighted us with their singing at the 2011 Karnival.
HELP RUN THE KARNIVAL
If you would like to be involved in planning our Karnival, let us know! The Spielwelt Special Events Team has a lot of fun, and we'd love for you to join us.
Spielwelt last celebrated Karnival in 2011 and 2012. We had a delicious BBQ, picnics, Krapfen, games, a parade with three floats, chariots, dancing, music, and live entertainment by the Austrian choir.
The Karnival before that was held in 2008, together with the Scullin Preschool children, as part of a Multicultural Harmony program. Minister John Hargreaves, then Minister for Multicultural Affairs, joined in our hilarious Chicken Dance! In true Karnival tradition, the children locked the teachers and parents out of the school, and took over! After a colourful parade, with dancing and music, the keys to the school were handed over to the King and Queen of the Karnival, and a great time was had by all!
INFO ON THE KARNIVAL TRADITION
Here is some information on the background of the Karnival tradition in Germany.