German Week in Birmingham, 17 – 24 November 2016

Library of Birmingham

Calling all lovers of German culture and German language!

Several German themed events are coming to Birmingham to celebrate 50 years of partnership between Birmingham and Frankfurt cities:

17 November

9am Exporting to Frankfurt event for small and medium sized enterprises

Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and Frankfurt Chamber of Industry and Commerce / Enterprise Europe Networks

Free event for SMEs. To register, please follow the link



Conference: The University and the City – working together in the area of sport, physical activity and grassroots engagement. Event co-organised by the University of Birmingham and Goethe University Frankfurt with the support of Birmingham City Council and the City of Frankfurt


Where: University of Birmingham


11am Shake, rattle and rhyme—German songs and poems for toddlers and pre-schoolers (under 5s)

Where: Library of Birmingham

Open event, toddlers and parents welcome!


12-3pm German-British Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s lunch event with keynote speaker from the German Embassy London

Where: Opus restaurant

To register, please follow the link


3pm—5pm Spoken word for young Birmingham poets – workshop with Dalibor Markovic, Frankfurt based poet

Where: Library of Birmingham, Brasshouse (1st floor – Room 7)


Free event. Register here.


Future of Anglo-German Cultural Relations (This meeting will be in German)

A-level and university students, as well as members of the general public, are warmly invited to this Q&A with Frau Charlotte Schwarzer, the Kulturattachée at the German Embassy in London. She will answer questions on topics such as culture, higher education, language policy, and youth exchange. Please submit your questions by 14 November here.

 Where: Library of Birmingham, Brasshouse (1st floor – Room 21)


To register, please follow this link or just come along on the day.




Civic event with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and the Mayor of Frankfurt – exchange of book gifts for both cities


Where: Library of Birmingham

For invitations only


5.30pm Launch of Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Where: Victoria Square

Open event, all welcome.


7.30pm Hit the Ode – spoken word event featuring Dalibor Markovic, Frankfurt based poet.

Where: The Victoria, 48 John Bright St, Birmingham B1 1BN

All welcome, entry £5.

Book your ticket in advance here. Tickets will also be available at the door.


 6pm-8pm Anniversary Gala: Celebrating 50 years of partnership between Birmingham and Frankfurt cities

For invitations only.


19 November


12.30 – 1pm

Saturday Story Time—for children of all ages this one time led by Goethe Institut London followed by Christmas/Advent themed arts and crafts activities for children

Where: Library of Birmingham

Open event, all families welcome.




24 November


“Beyond Brexit: The Future of British-German Relations”

Public debate organised by Aston Centre for Europe (ACE)

Key note speakers:

  • Prof Simon Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of Aston University
  • Professor William Paterson, Honorary Professor of German and European Politics
  • Mrs Petra Roth, former Mayor of Frankfurt





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