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About Deutsche Tage, Musik Allerlei, and the Turkish-German Connection

About Deutsche Tage

Deutsche Tage  - which translates to 'German Days' - is one of the Germanic-American Institute's longest standing traditions. Originally produced by the GAI's predecessor organization, the Volksfest Association, for the past 58 years Deutsche Tage has been the St. Paul gathering for MN Germans and lovers of Germanic culture to celebrate through German music, food, and drink. Now in our 59th year, Deutsche Tage continues to connect us to our roots, educate new generations on our traditions, and bring joy to the community.

Musik Allerlei

Our theme for this year's Deutsche Tage is Musik Allerlei: A Musical Melting Pot, and we are excited to offer this wide variety of musical entertainment showcasing the depth and breadth of music in German-speaking communities today. Enjoy performances from returning favorite musical acts such as Alpensterne and the Bavarian Musikmeisters as well as new performances including local opera singer, Alicia Renee, a demonstration of Swiss Alpenhorn, and touring all the way from Germany, the renowned youth orchestra, Kreisjugend-Orchester Ludwigsburg.

The Turkish-German Connection

Turkish food, music, and dancing at Deutsche Tage? How does that fit with German Days?

One of the main objectives of the GAI's mission and oue cultural programming is to educate the public about the multicultural identity of modern Germany, and to educate Minnesotans that the on-going history of the German-speaking peoples is much more diverse than the stereotypical, Americanized-Bavarian representations that we typically see at festivals.

Turkish-Germans are the largest ethnic minority in Germany, and the largest Turkish population in the world outside of Turkey itself. Their identity and culture is a huge component to an evolving, modern Germany. As such, Saturday night will feature a Turkish band and Turkish dancers as part of the entertainment stage. By collaborating with the Turkish community, the GAI will expose festival goers to the music and food of Germany's largest immigrant group and attempt to help foster international peace by encouraging inter-cultural understanding. 

When we eat, sing, and dance together, we discover our joint humanity.

Traditional German favorites, from food and drink to music and dance, will still be at the center of our celebration throughout the weekend. 

Click here to view all the activities on the GAI grounds during Deutsche Tage!

The GAI extends a special thank you to the Cultural STAR board for their recent grant for Deutsche Tage 2017.

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