Do you own Dirndl or Lederhosen?

3 girls holding German Flag at European FestivalThe EuroFest BC Society extends their most cordial invitation to you and your community to this year’s Europe Day event!

On Saturday, May 9th, 2015, from 10am – 5pm they are planning a day of food, cultural dance, cultural dress, and a great showcase of the things to come at this years European Festival. So bring friends and family, admission to watch the performances will be FREE, and a teeming plate of Polish and Hungarian favorites will cost a mere $10.

The event will be hosted at the “Hungarian Cultural Society Of Greater Vancouver”, located at 728 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC.

In the evening, once the all-ages crowd and families have gone home for the night, there will be a “Euro Dance Club” from 9pm – 2am, which will have a cover charge of $10, and which features 4 live DJ’s!

Food and Venue are being arranged by the Hungarian and Polish community. As the major component to this day is cultural dance, they urge any cultural dance ensembles who are interested in dancing during the event, to book a time slot by sending an email or making a phone call to Marysia Filipowski ( or 604.525.9160) detailing your desired show time, and the length of your program. The sooner we get your response, the more likely you are to get your desired show time; so don’t wait, act now!

You are encouraged to wear traditional dress, as it is always an attention getter, and a great opportunity to create awareness for the European Festivall on May 30 & 31, while enjoying a day of fun, friends, and great food! They are also organizing a Photo Booth that will allow anyone who wishes, to try on traditional dress and get their photos taken. Prints are produced nearly instantaneously, so people can take a part of the day home with them! This is a great opportunity for us all to work on our dance routines, and to create more awareness for the Big Show at the end of May, and celebrate our diverse heritage! So, come one, come all, help make this a day to remember, and enjoy “A taste of the old country”!

Europe Day 2013Kecia Boecking and Elke Porter are representing Germany and would love to see some more Germans out there, especially those that would wear something German: Dirndl, Lederhosen, Trikot (German Soccer Shirt), Black, Red & Gold clothing etc. If not, you are still most welcome to volunteer at the European Festival at the German Cultural Table. At 5 pm, there will be a “Beer and Bratwurst” Event at the Beer Tent, where we will be thanking our German Volunteers!


04 Mar 2015
March 4, 2015

“We are Germany” Initiative

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Tolerance and diversity are integral values of German society. With “We are Germany,” Deutsche Welle (DW) is taking action to defend these values and speak out against social prejudice.

Meike und ElizabethFamous personalities from German society have banded together to support tolerance and diversity for DW’s new photo campaign, “We are Germany.” Each segment will portray two famous faces from German public life.

Participants will include World Cup champion Jérôme Boateng, double Olympic champion Katarina Witt, conductor Daniel Barenboim, comedians Hape Kerkeling and Kaya Yanar as well as violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter. Also participating are journalists representing all of DW’s 30 editorial languages.

The goal of this initiative is to play a proactive role in the current debate on immigration in Europe through applying DW’s strengths in intercultural expertise and international awareness. As a central part of its legal mandate, DW provides the world a comprehensive view of life in Germany while simultaneously promoting intercultural dialogue.

“We want to show the world that there is a positive social climate in Germany for everyone who wishes to live here,” says DW Director General Peter Limbourg. “The diversity of our population presents us with a distinct advantage. Those who have immigrated and now call Germany home only help to enrich the society – whether that be in sports, business or culture.”

As a society, Germany has worked hard to establish a global reputation for tolerance and cosmopolitanism. “Germany has something to lose,” said Limbourg. “Germany is respected as a free society in the heart of Europe and German perspectives are sought after around the globe. We cannot allow a few individuals to divide our society. We must continue to take pride in our diversity and we have show the world what is really important – tolerance and open-mindedness.”

“We are Germany” will be featured primarily on DW’s various social media platforms, relying on its 10 million Facebook fans and Twitter followers as well as its 150 million monthly active users to help spread the word. DW is hopeful that this initiative will help start a global discussion and invites people from around the world to participate by uploading tandem portraits, which will be featured on a special website.

Written by Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle will launch its new English TV channel on June 22. The news and information channel will officially go on air during DW’s annual media conference, Global Media Forum.

Peter LimbourgThe global competition of values plays out primarily in the English language, says DW Director General Peter Limbourg. “Germany is highly regarded around the world, and on the international stage many look to Germany to orient themselves. Therefore, we want to meet this demand in the English language,” says Limbourg, stressing that international media coverage of German perspectives should not be left solely to other international broadcasters.

“Deutsche Welle expects more than 2000 international guests from politics, media and other areas of public life – among them numerous partners who will rebroadcast DW’s flagship programs via their platforms – to attend the Global Media Forum,” says Limbourg. “They will all be able to witness the launch of our new channel, live.”

DW, the new 24-hour TV channel in English, with hourly news as well as magazine programs and documentaries, will be broadcast around the world. In Europe it will be available via the Astra satellite, among others.

Starting June 22, Deutsche Welle will offer four additional 24-hour TV channels for   various parts of the world.

  • DW (Amerika) can be received across the entire American continent and offers 20 hours of German and 4 hours of English programming;
  • DW (Latinoamérica) informs people in Latin America in Spanish around the clock;
  • DW (Asien) broadcasts in German 24 hours a day;
  • DW (Arabia) targets viewers from the Arab world – 17 hours in Arabic and 7 hours in English.

The regional TV channels will remain unchanged in their respective languages, complementing the 24-hour English channel. Only DW (Europe), with its English-German programming via Hotbird, will be discontinued.

“By the time we launch the new English TV channel we will have optimized the new technical components and processes to the point that we can confidently go on air,” says Limbourg.