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FANCY DRESS PARTY - FASCHING CARNIVAL

Saturday 17 February 2018
7:00PM

TICKETED EVENT

Come one, come all to Canberra's BIGGEST Fancy Dress Party!
Dress Up and Have Fun as we celebrate the German Fasching Carnival! featuring Adult Face Painting, Magicians, DJs mixing up a Euro Dance Party, German Beer, Schnapps, Food and plenty more!

What is Fasching?
Fasching (also known as Karneval) is a time of festivity and merry making - a time to break the rules, poke fun at those who make them and then to make your own new rules. If you're in Germany during Fasching, you'll know. Many streets come to life with colorful parades, loud music, and celebrations around every corner. It's Carnival, German style. Even if you've experienced Carnival in New Orleans during Mardi Gras, there's still a lot to learn ...about how the German-speaking countries do it. As described above, Karneval is associated with festivals of the Christian church (wild partying before Lent begins). However, it goes back to pagan times, and was a way of driving out the evil spirits of winter and encouraging the coming of spring and good crops. Ugly masks worn for this purpose are still worn in carnival festivals in southern Germany. Karneval can be traced back to pagan Roman festivals, which may explain why Köln and Mainz, two ancient cities with Roman history, have such big carnivals. In the Middle Ages, Karneval gave the people a break from the tightly structured class system, as they were able to hide their social background behind imaginative masks and costumes. Poor people were able to mix with all other levels of society and share fun with them. In those days people would dress up as knights, damsels and even priests, as a way of making fun of them. In a similar way, people these days sometimes wear masks which make fun of well-known politicians or celebrities.

Heaps of Prizes to be won!
BEST DRESSED MALE
BEST DRESSED FEMALE
BEST DRESSED GROUP

TICKETS $20 INCLUDES A SERVING OF SCHNAPPS ON ARRIVAL.
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