Get ready for the one and only Auckland Karneval Dress-up party! Yes, that’s right, the GNZCC Young Professionals are bringing Germany’s famous Karneval celebration to Auckland for a night of culture, craziness and German food!
Karneval (also called Fasching or Fastnacht) is special time once a year were many Germans usually go completely crazy, they call it the “Fifth Season”. In true German style, it kicks off on the 11th day of the 11th month at exactly 11:11 am. It´s a time of masks, all sorts of costumes, and a lot of madness.
The main celebrations are in February the week before Ash Wednesday and start with the so-called Women’s Thursday (Weiberfastnacht). This is followed by carnival conventions over the weekend with deeply satirical speeches about politics on stage and the audience will drink, laugh and sway to music with linked arms. On Monday, the country has a day off from school and work to attend colourful processions in the streets where hundreds of themed floats will pass by the celebrating audience. Floats come in all shapes and sizes and often take the form of satirical depictions of current political hot topics.
The Cologne (Köln) Karneval is the most famous, with millions pouring into the city from all around the world for five days worth of fancy dress, singing, dancing and drinking. People will greet you with their very special carnival call “Alaaf!” on the street, in Düsseldorf they might scream “Helau!”. A typical food of the mad season is “Berliner” – a doughnut dusted with icing sugar and filled with jam or sometimes (as the baker’s prank) with mustard.
We will provide plates full of this German deliciousness and invite you to grab your funniest costume, get some paint and glitter on your face and celebrate this colourful German festival together with us.
What to expect:
- Music from our legendary GNZCC Young Professionals DJ
- The fabulous drag queen, Kita Mean, bringing the Karneval spirit
- Games and spot prizes
- A best-dressed competition (the weirder/funnier the costumes, the better!)
- German food and drinks
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