Tips for the upcoming week
28 December 2017 – 3 January 2018

Thursday, 28 December: Classical and Improvisations (Concert) Ulrich Thiem (cello) and Andreas Böttcher (piano) support but also provoke each other on stage. Get ready for a musical journey from Bach to Hindemith, with intermissions including freely improvised music and cello solos. The result is a true musical collage on various acustic levels, so rich that you can expect even the musicians themselves to change places around stage throughout the performance. Thiem is already well known in Dresden’s musical scene, having already performed in many venues including the annual summer festival “Palais Sommer”. Alongside Böttcher, he is known for performances that […]

Tips for the upcoming week
21 – 27 December 2017

Thursday, 21 December: Lotta Sleeps & No King. No Crown. (Concert) Low on cash but you still want to go out and enjoy some good live music? Not a problem! Tonight, two bands, “Lotta Sleeps” and “No King. No Crown.” Will be performing at Dresden’s Hole of Fame on a donation based admission! “Lotta Sleeps” is a band with five members playing a variety of instruments, ranging from the regular acoustic guitar, bass and drums, to the violin, trumpet and mandolin. Their musical style is a mixture of folk with post-rock, indie pop, as well as a pinch of jazz […]

Home-baked cookies for Yongchen
Thanks to wonderful Dresden Christmas Elves

  The first Christmas invitations for our international researchers were accepted and they, as well as the hosts, shared the first impressions with us. On a snowy Sunday Asif visited the Stamm family in Freital for a real Advent afternoon with the traditional Christmas Stollen. They animatedly talked about life in Germany and Pakistan, Asif’s home country, where the young computer scientist is going to spend the Christmas time with his wife. In the early evening the Stamm family invited their guest to the Christmas market in Burgh, where they had mulled wine and hot punch, before Asif travelled back […]

Tips for the upcoming week
14 – 20 December 2017

  Thursday, 14 December: Johanna Summer Trio (Concert) At its roots, jazz was an expression of feelings and emotions as well as a form of popular music. The Johanna Summer Trio attempts to bring back this expression of emotions in music into modern jazz, transforming the old into the new, bringing jazz back to pop music. With a somewhat improvisional style, the band incorporates elements brought from their leader’s origins in classical as well as pop-rock music. All in all, it is rather difficult to label this band as belonging to a specific jazz style, as its songs may rapidly […]

Christmas all over the world – today: Egypt

We have asked some researchers to tell us what Christmas means to them and how they celebrate it at home. This is one answer from Mohammed, which goes along with two recipes – thank you, that sound very yummy! “Lights in the old town; a couple of mulled wine or “Kinderpunsch” glasses while watching puppet theatre, merry-go-round, and the painted wooden fairytale castle; Dresdener Stollen with tea, then passing by the new market to enjoy the medieval atmosphere; and attending the Semper Opera House performance of Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale play “Hansel and Gretel” by the famous Brothers Grimm. This is the Christmas charming atmosphere […]

Tips for the upcoming week
7 December – 13 December 2017

Thursday, 7 December: Singing for the Soul (Choir Project) ‘Singing for the Soul’ is a weekly choir project that began on 5 October in Kukulida. Join in as the year comes to an end, this week will be the second to last session of the year! The event description reads as follows: “sessions are open to people of all ages and abilities who are interested in learning songs from around the world and singing together as a group. No previous singing or music experience is necessary and everyone is welcome. The sessions are led by British theatre maker Ellen Muriel […]

Tips for the upcoming week
30 November – 6 December

  ***Special event*** TU Dresden International Christmas Party, Friday 8 December – Get your tickets at the Welcome Center – More information about program and venue here and on Facebook. Thursday, 30 November: 8. Neustädter Gelichter – Christmas at the Scheune This week, Christmas markets are opening everywhere in Dresden and throughout Germany! When walking through the city’s old town, a short walk may lead you to stumble upon more than one market, on the Neustadt side of the river, things aren’t any different! Come and visit this cozy little market right in the middle of the Neustadt, which opens […]

Non-working Buß und Bettag, but only in Saxony!

Public holidays in Germany are not determined at a national level. Each of the 16 federal states is in charge of making its own decisions when it comes to allowing workers to stay home. In contrast to all of the other 15 states in Germany, here in Saxony you are officially not going to work on the Wednesday, 22 November, and here is why you don’t have to get up early: The German Buß- und Bettag stands for the day of repentance and prayer and has its origins in the very human nature of searching for divine intervention during times […]

Newcomer bus tour in sunny autumn

    Our Welcome Bus Tours for newcomers are always a bit risky due to unpredictable weather in April and October – but this time we were really lucky and blessed with a wonderful windy, cloudy and sunny autumn day. After a short walk on campus and quick peeks into lecture halls and historical buildings we took of with more than 30 researchers to a guided city tour – comfy in an historical red bus called IKARUS. Soft chairs, small tables and funny interiours make this bus very special from the inside, but also the appearance of the bus itself […]

Tips for the upcoming week
27 October – 1 November 2017

Please note that Tuesday 31 October is a bank holiday – we have three special tips for you :) Friday, 27 October 2017: Vernissage “The normal man” (exhibition) What is a normal man? What is even a bog-standard man nowadays, when everybody wants to be unique and special, what we are somehow. What do we mean by “normal“? If a man speaks or we speak about men, does he or we use categories such as success, career or sport, and ignore topics such as paternity, failure or relationships? Which old or current stereotypes have remained? For years the male image […]