August 31 - September 2, 2012
I am very excited that the Schwaben Club of Kitchener will be the host for 2012 Landestreffen der Donauschwaben. Our members are working hard to ensure you will experience a memorable weekend filled with good music, great food and all the friendly and inviting hospitality our Club has to offer. Kitchener is situated in the beautiful region of South-Western Ontario. Its pioneer heritage reflects the many German immigrants who settled in this region. In fact, the city of Kitchener was originally called Berlin. The Schwaben Club is one of five German clubs in the Kitchener area and we all work together to help further our culture and language. Many of our city's annual events continue to reflect our German heritage from Oktoberfest to our Christkindl Market to our German Pioneers Day.
I would encourage you to plan a longer stay and take in some of the wonderful attractions that are within driving distance. The Waterloo Farmers Market, St Jacobs Village, The Centre in the Square performing arts centre, Kitchener Museum, and Pioneer Village are just a few of our local attractions. Toronto and Niagara Falls are also just 90 minutes down the road. Take in the Metro Toronto Zoo, a Blue Jays baseball game, Ontario Place, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Niagara Falls Casino, or any of our many other options for world class entertainment. If the outdoors is your thing, then before or after our event, take in some of our stunning northern lakes and parks and all they have to offer.
I invite you to come and be our guests from August 31st to September 2nd, 2012 and to take in all the sights, sounds, and tastes we have to offer. We’ve provided some links below to some of our attractions to help with your preparations — start planning your trip today!
Click here to see where our Club is located, and how close the hotels are in relation to our each other and the Club.
Kinder WorkshopWe’re Schwobs and we’re proud of it. And now is your chance to shout it to the world! The Kinder Workshop this year will give kids the chance to brush up on their Donauschwob history in a fun, active and thunderous way. NO quiet reflection here — it’s time to be loud and proud. We invite all Kindergruppe-aged children to join us for this unique and exciting opportunity to celebrate being “Schwowisch”.
Check the Events Schedule for the time and location of the Kinder Workshop. Or just follow the noise!
Jugend WorkshopIt’s common knowledge that the Donauschwaben culture is not a purely German culture. It has many influences including Yugoslavian, Romanian, and Hungarian — just to name a few. So attendees of the Jugend Workshop will learn a dance heavily influenced with one of those unique dance styles. We need to embrace those things that make our culture vibrant and distinct. But there won’t be any plodding in this dance — oh no! We don’t do anything slowly here. There’s also nothing to learn in advance either, everything will be taught during the workshop — and it will be fun!
The Youth worked hard learning a Czardas — a traditional Hungarian dance. Although the steps may have seemed simple, even with the added Russian influences, it was the increasing speed of the music that really got their blood pumping. They enjoyed it so much; they just had to do the whole thing a 2nd time. I’m sure all youth would enjoy trying this challenge at their home clubs!
Sing-a-long mit der Katie-BasEverybody has their favourites. Those classic folk songs you love, the ones you just have to sing along with whenever you hear them being played. Now’s your chance to join all the others out there who share your passion for those wonderful songs. Led by the Schwaben Club’s own Catherine Thompson, Accordionist Extraordinaire, you can spend an hour in friendship and fun, enjoying the songs we all love to hear.
There is no admission fee to participate — only your singing voice is needed. And no registration is needed either. Just show up and have fun. And if you’re worried that your favourites might not be included, click on the icon at right to put in a request. We’ll forward them all to Katie-Bas so she knows not to miss them.
There will be a sing-a-long on both Saturday and Sunday afternoons, so if you miss the first one, you can catch the second one. And if you caught the first and had a blast, then come again on Sunday — and bring your friends!
Check the Events Schedule for the time and location of the Sing-a-longs. We hope to see you all there!
The “Out of the Box” Dance ContestHere’s your chance to go for it! Brought to you by the Club whose dance groups already dance to DJ Ötzi, Möhre, Hubert von Goisern and Rammstein; it’s your opportunity to show just how well YOU can do it!
Here are the important points: [Deadline extended until August 1st. Register now!]
Any steps are allowed, any patterns are allowed — whatever you think will look best. All dances must be original works of course, so no copying anything already out there. We want to see the very best from everybody.
Of course, all contests must have some rules, so here they are:
The purpose of the “Out-of-the-Box” Dance Contest is to stretch the boundaries of German Folk dancing. That means maintaining traditional costumes, mostly traditional steps, and adding props if desired. It is the combination of the unconventional music, along with a high energy level and the unique step/pattern additions that will really make the difference! So, put on you thinking caps. This is your chance to blow the roof off with your energy and passion. Don’t let this chance go to waste — show everyone what you’re capable of, and maybe take home a cool prize for your hard work.
Check the Events Schedule for the time and location of the Dance Contest. We hope to see you all there!
Here’s a list of the groups that have already sent in their Registration Form, so we know they’re going for it!Chicago Donauschwaben Jugendgruppe — 3rd Place
Cleveland Jugendgruppe — 1st Place
Cincinnati Jugendgruppe — 2nd Place
Teutonia Senior Dance Group
Danube Cultural Society Jugendgruppe
Friendship Dance Challenge (aka “Can you Learn a Dance in 10 min?”)Stay on the field after the Grand March and be prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We're having a challenge...the "Friendship Dance Challenge"! And it will get your blood pumping.
How quickly can you learn our dance? Can you carry the dance all the way through to the end of the Challenge?
This isn't just a dance — it's a test. A chance for everyone to face the unknown with your fellow Schwobs. And to dance like there's no tomorrow.
Are you up for the challenge?
Mass with Father ZillichWe have a special treat for all those who will be attending Mass on Sunday morning. We are excited to announce that Father Zillich from Regensburg, Germany will be officiating our Sunday service. Father Zillich was present at the 2008 Landestrachtenfest mit Tanzwettbewerb in Cleveland, OH, and presided over the 300th Banater Schwaben celebration. He travels worldwide to help celebrate the Donauschwaben culture and is now coming to Canada to share his heart warming wishes and prayers with us. We are honoured with his attendance and know that his presence will add something special to our service.
Check the Events Schedule for the time and location of Mass on Sunday. We hope you’ll join us for this unique opportunity!
Tickets will be sold over the course of the weekend. Pricing and draw time will be announced later. This is the perfect treasure for anyone to remember their time at the Landestreffen der Donauschwaben in Kitchener.
The key to hosting a great event is knowing who and how many are coming — and we need your help for that. So we're asking everyone to download the Registration Form, fill it out, and send it back as soon as possible. We've never hosted this event before, so we're counting on everyone to help us make this a great Landestreffen.
And don't worry; if you send the Registration Form in and a few months later your numbers suddenly change — just fill out another form and send it back right away. We'll update your information on our end. Click on the Registration Form to download.
We look forward to seeing everybody. Feel free to email us if you have any questions — the email address is just below here in the Contact Information section.
Here’s a list of the clubs that have already sent in their Registration Form, so we know they’re coming!Carpathia Club
German Family Society
Los Angeles Donauschwäbische Tanzgruppe
American Aid Society of German Descendents
Society of the Danube Swabians
United German Hungarians
United Donauschwaben of Milwaukee
Donauschwäbischer Hilfs- & Jugendverein
Donauschwaben German-American Cultural Center
Verein der Donauschwaben
German Cultural Society
Association of Danube Swabians
Danube Cultural Society of South-Eastern Wisconsin
It’s important for all Clubs and Dance Groups to register so we know who’s coming, how many, and which groups are performing. The next step would be to fill out a Ticket Order Form so we know exactly what your group needs. There are two forms to choose from: Club/Dance Group and Individual Ticket Order Forms. If you’re ordering tickets for a Club, its members and/or dance groups — use the Club/Dance Group Ticket Order Form. If you’re not affiliated with any club or dance group but still want to come and celebrate with us — use the Individual Ticket Order Form. All tickets and ribbons will be available for pick up when you arrive (buses will be met by our volunteers upon their arrival with their ribbons and maps to speed their disembarkation).
Although getting here will be half the fun, the real excitement will be finding and enjoying everything this Landestreffen has to offer. In order to make that easier, we’re providing layouts and maps of our building and surrounding area to help you get around. There are 2 floor plans of the Schwaben Club (both the upper and lower floors with the tent) and a map of the surrounding area to show people where to park when they get here. Download them, print them off, and bring them with you to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
Landestreffen der Donauschwaben 2012