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
KITCHENER LANDESTREFFEN INVITATION
on event title for hyperlink)
2012 Kitchener Freundschaftabend
2012 Kitchener Landestreffen Saturday
2012 Kitchener Landestreffen Sunday
||The “Out of the
Box” Dance Contest
are the important points:
provide the song. Just download the mp3
using icon at right and you’re ready to start.
We’ve already edited it to competition length,
so please use our copy only.
provide the judges. They’ll include
Kitchener Club and dance group members. Since our
groups have been dancing to contemporary music for
years, they’ll be the ones judging the contest.
provide the prizes. That’s right! There
are real cash prizes to be won.
provide the choreography. Because we
can’t do everything! This is where your group
gets to shine. Take the music and make the best,
most energetic, most exciting dance you can.
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
Of course, all contests must have some
rules, so here they are:
must register in advance. Download the
Dance Contest Registration Form (at right), fill
it out, and send it back before the deadline.
is NO cost to register. We don’t want
anything holding anyone back in this contest. We
just want to know in advance how many groups want
is a 10 (ten) group limit to this contest —
decided on a First Registered, First In basis.
So don’t wait too long to register; the spots
could go quickly. There is also going to be a 4
(four) group minimum. Unfortunately, if we go
below that, it won’t be feasible to hold the
contest anymore. So get everyone involved so we
can have an amazing turnout!
is no MAXIMUM as to how many
couples can be in each group, but there is a 4
(four) couple MINIMUM. Fewer than
that is too easy — there has to be a little bit
of a challenge!
Traditional German costumes must be worn.
Props may be used (as long as they’re not
dangerous, flammable, or contain any alcohol if
underage dancers are performing).
Non-German steps may be used, but the
overall feel, style and steps of the dance must be
Groups may interpret the theme of the dance
however they want, as long as they stay within the
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!
Sing-a-long mit der Katie-Bas
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!