What’s On in Dresden
7 September – 13 September

Friday 7-9 September: Hochlandfest ‘Hochlandfest’ is an three-day festival for music and entertainment. The festival in Dresden-Weißig is takes place for 22nd time. It is organized by local people and NGO’s, whom’s backyards are also open to the visitors of the festival. The slogan of this year is ‘’Do you have some sounds?’’, which is promising a big variety of musical performances – guitar performances, rock music and comedy shows on three different stages. Local craftspeople will present their handicrafts. For small children there will be magic shows and fairytales. This is an opportunity to get in touch with traditional German […]

The glorious Scientific Crushers hit the dragon!
Our team placed third in Hochschul-Cup 2018

  “SCIENCE PEOPLE, PADDLE PEOPLE” was shouted out loudly at the riverside last Sunday, when 19 paddlers from 16 different countries climbed their dragon boat three times to race against students and researchers from different universities in the Hochschul Cup. The Welcome Center has organized international dragon boats in the annual dragon boat festivals since 2015 – but we didn’t win a race before. We’re happy to claim a podium finish at the annual dragon boat cup this year … and finally got an ice cake! Two trainings before the actual race helped everyone to achive a place on the […]

Excusion to Wroclaw – the place to be!

Can you think of a reason why 16 researchers would voluntarily spend almost 3,5 hours in a crowded train with no functioning air condition on a Friday evening? We can! From 9 – 10 June  we went on a trip to the fascinating city of Wroclaw. Wroclaw is the fourth biggest city in Poland and is especially famous as it can both offer a historic city centre as well as several cultural hot spots and a vibrant nightlife due to numerous students living in this town.   In order to get to know the interesting sights and stories to the […]

Event report: Berlin – Off the beaten tracks

Last weekend, a group of young and adventurous researchers joined an “off the beaten track” excursion to Berlin, far from the typical tourist attractions and well-known landmarks. Accordingly, we received a detailed insight on Berlin’s fascinating street art by an authentic and local guide who told us numerous fun and mesmerizing anecdotes about the artists who are secretly working on the streets of Berlin. Sun-tanned due to the wonderful weather, we visited the Asisi Panometer afterwards, in which we received an impression of the daily life in the divided city during the GDR-times. The artist created the feeling of sitting […]

Excursion to the memorial “Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße”

There’s almost no corner in Dresden where you wouldn’t stumble over an astonishing piece of history. On our tour last Saturday we went a little off the beaten track and visited the memorial “Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße”, a prison of the “Staatsicherheit”, the official state security service during the former GDR era. It was used to imprison political opponents who criticized the system and was repurposed into a memorial space to inform people about the happenings. Our guide, a time witness was able to give us a deep insight into the prisoners daily life and didn’t spare any details about the […]

Tips for the upcoming Week
23 February – 1 March 2018

Friday, 23 February: Intercultural DIY Workshop Making things by yourself is a current trend which helps not only the environment but also your wallet. Although it may seem as though some everyday products are difficult to make at home, this workshop from the organization “Cambio” is here to show you just how easy it is to make things at home. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to find this event earlier, as it first began in January and has already handled themes such as cooking and knitting. This week features the second workshop regarding cosmetic and hygiene articles, while next week will […]

Tips for the upcoming week
16 – 22 February 2018

Friday, 16 February: Keegan McInroe & Friends (Concert) The charismatic and exceptional Texan singer and songwriter Keegan McInroe will this year once more make a stop in Dresden during his European tour. The band led by McInroe is composed by 6 other members, playing the guitar, keyboard, harp, bass and drums. Known for his striking bourbon polished voice, he brings together classic protest songs with blues. Accompanied by other talented musicians, get ready for a night along the entire jazz and folk spectrum, with songs ranging from acoustic ballads all the way to wild electronic bluesrock. Without a doubt this […]

Tips for the upcoming week
8 – 14 February 2018

Thursday, 8 February: Wind River (German Premiere) Do not miss the German premiere of this box office success, dealing with important yet relatively widely unknown issues on the last frontier of the American wilderness. This chilling thriller follows a rookie FBI agent who teams up with a local game tracker in order to investigate the murder of a girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. The director, Taylor Sheridan, explained how the opening “inspired by true events” card was a reference to the thousands of actual stories just like it, involving sexual […]

13 February and its significance for Dresden
Historical background and guidelines

  Historic Background World War II in Germany and Europe The second world war lasted 6 years (1939-1945) and represented the largest military conflict in history, involving all of the great powers of the 20th century and killing millions of people from many different countries across the world. It was the first time in recorded history that the civilian population was effected more severely than that of the military. For the first time entire urban areas were destroyed using air attacks. Cities like Warsaw (Poland), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Coventry (United Kingdom) and Dresden (Germany) became symbols of this destruction. In addition to Dresden, many big and […]

Tips for the upcoming week
1 February – 7 February 2018

Thursday, 1 February: Rob Tognoni (Concert) Known as the Tasmanian Devil due to his powerfully charged performances and his origins in Tasmania, Australia, Rob Tognoni was firt introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994. After 40 years, his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues and festivals as well as attracting many fans of hard rock blues worldwide. At the 2017 Sweden Rock Festival he was described as a blues showman with superstar attributes. If you are a fan […]