German Day is an annual event of competitions and fun for middle and high school German students sponsored by U-M's Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
German Day 2022 - Erzählkunst (German Storytelling)
Storytelling is an art that adopts a variety of forms and utilizes a multitude of media to pass on values, remember history, express emotions or simply entertain. Telling stories, whether through frescos or Fraktur, dance or design, plays or podcasts, is part of being human. Fairy tales and folklore from the German-speaking world specifically have found an enthusiastic audience outside of Europe. Both Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, and Edgar Allen Poe’s “Lenore” have their roots in German legends and poems. Krampus, das Nibelungenlied, die Lorelei and even der Osterhase have crossed over from mythology into modern times.
Your mission is to create a story, tell your story, retell a story, or convey a story through music, dance, art, digital media or even food! Use imagery, improvisation, and embellishment. Share a story in a traditional form such as legends, fables, fairy tales, mythology or folktales, or take advantage of newer technology to construct a zine, a comic, an audio recording, website or video.
The possibilities are endless and creativity is encouraged!
Questions? Please email German.Day@umich.edu.