Tips for the Upcoming Week
13 April – 19 April 2018

Moritzburg Castle (photo: L. Mendes)

Friday, 13 April: Regular’s Table

As the week reaches an end, there is nothing better than heading out to one of the cafes in the Neustadt and enjoying a nice evening with friends. If you are interested in checking out a new location, join Gustavo & Konrad at “Café Blumenau” in the Dresden-Neustadt! This cosy and absolutely gorgeous café and bar has won several awards for “most creative cuisine” and also convinces with its wide variety of drinks, beers and other beverages. We will be there from 7 p.m., but you are welcome to come by whenever you feel like. There is no fixed time frame, no need to register. Simply enjoy the atmosphere, the décor and inviting chairs and sofas. The homemade iced teas and lemonades are spectacular, as are the freshly draught beers and the plethora of wines to choose from. We would enjoy your company for a relaxed conversation and memorable night.

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Blumenau Caffé & Bar, Louisenstraße 67, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Saturday, 14 April: Stand Up Paddle Tour on the Elbe

With such a warm start of spring it already feels as if it was summer! If you also feel the same way and cannot wait to enjoy your early summer, then the sports store “Wild East” has the perfect event organised for you this weekend. Enjoy the sun this Saturday in the best possible way by heading to the water and seeing Dresden from a different angle: atop a stand up paddle board floating along the Elbe! The tour will begin at the canoeing sports club in Laubegast. From there, you will float and paddle your way along with the river towards the old city, passing under the Blaues Wunder and the Waldschlößchen bridges before making a short stop at the ferry biergarten in Johannstadt. From there on, the group will float its way under all of the old city bridges towards the end goal in Pieschen, leaving the water at the Watzke ballroom. If you happen to be a stand up paddle fan and already have one, then bring your own and enjoy this free tour, if you would like to take part but would like to rent a board and paddle, then just contact the store in advance and ask them about a day rental, perhaps you might even get a special deal for taking part in the tour! For those who wish to return to Laubegast after the tour, transport will be available for 5 EUR.

Beginning: 2 p.m.; Admission: Free, please check rental costs directly at the store; How to get there: Kanuverein Laubegast e.V., Laubegaster Ufer 35, 01279 Dresden; TRAM 4 ‘Laubegast Kronstädter Platz’ stop or 6 ‘Leubener Straße’ stop.

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Saturday, 14 April: March for Science

Many cities all over the world will gather researchers, students and friends next Saturday to stand up for the freedom and value of science in our societies, the value of facts of scientifically substantiated findings and the necessity of funding opportunities for education and research. People will demonstrate again in Dresden this year to continue a dialogue between research and society. Everyone is meeting at Theaterplatz Saturday afternoon.

When: Saturday, 14 April, 2.04 p.m.
Where: Theaterplatz

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Sunday, 15 April: European Hockey Challenge: Germany vs. Slovakia

Following a successful and nearly perfect campaign in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, having beaten hockey powerhouses Sweden and Canada and just missing gold against Russia, the German ice hockey team now must get ready for the IIHF Ice Hockey World Cup! The national team could be a month away from revenge against Russia at the championship happening in May and must also be prepared for their rematch against Canada in the group phase. So as to go as strong as possible into the World Cup, the national team will be playing against Slovakia this weekend as a part of a series of preparatory international challenges. Come out on Sunday wearing black, red, gold, or a combination of the German colours and support the men on the ice towards another victory!

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Prices starting at 14 EUR; How to get there: EnergieVerbund-Arena Dresden, Magdeburger Straße 10, 01167 Dresden; TRAM 10 or BUS 94 ‘Krankenhaus Friedrichstadt’ stop.


Monday, 16 April: The Death of Stalin

The ‘New York Times’ writes: Armando Iannucci, a virtuoso of political evisceration, turns horror into comedy in this eccentric comic shocker about a strong man and his world of ashes and blood.” When tyrannical dictator Joseph Stalin dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov, the wily Nikita Khrushchev and Lavrenti Beria — the sadistic secret police chief. As they bumble, brawl and back-stab their way to the top, the question remains — just who is running the government? Monday is cinema day at Thalia, a great opportunity to watch this political satire comedy film which has received and astounding 95% positive reviews by movie critique website ‘Rotten Tomatoes’. Based on the French graphic novel ‘La mort de Stalin’, the film depicts the events following Stalin’s death and has caused controversy in Russia and other former members of the Soviet Union, having been banned in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Beginning: 10:15 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str.’ stop.

Tuesday, 17 April: 30 International Short Film Festival

You enjoy watching a good movie whenever you can but you just don’t seem to have enough time to do so during the week? No time is no excuse to enjoy the International Short Film Festival happening in Dresden from the 17 to 22 of April, as the name already makes clear, you won’t need more than 15 minutes to enjoy a good movie. Reaching its 30 edition, the film festival has proven to be a true success in Dresden, attracting a number of visitors from around the country. Be sure to check out the program online on the link below as the festival will take place all around the city in different venues. The best way to just watch a quick film while passing by is definitely in front of the Frauenkirche, where a big screen will be set up and anyone is free to sit down to watch as long as their heart desires! From animation films to documentaries, there is something for everyone, just be prepared to stay a bit longer, although each film only takes around 10 to 15 minutes, chances are you’ll be hooked by the time each new film begins!

Beginning: 7 p.m..; Admission: Free for open air festival/7,50 EUR for all venues; How to get there: Please check the link below.

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Wednesday, 18 April: Nobel Laureate at TU Dresden

Winning a Nobel Prize is definitely the dream of most researchers and having the chance to watch a Nobel Prize Laureate speak is definitely a chance that cannot be missed. This semester, the TU has invited three Stockholm Laureates to share their findings, one of which has already lectured on April 11. Bringing the audience into the microcosm, chemist Ben Feringa will explain The Art of Building Small on 18th April. He found out how motors can be produced out of molecules, constructing the first light-driven micro-car from some few molecules in 1999 together with a team at the University of Groningen, Netherlands: Molecular chains, functioning as “wheels”, carry the “car body” from further chemical compounds. These molecular motors can be employed in the human body to build up muscular elements or micro machines, as well as to transport medicine. The Dutch researcher won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 2016 together with Jean-Pierre Sauvage and Fraser Stoddart “for the design and synthesis of molecular machines”.

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: TU Dresden Hörsaalzentrum, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden; BUS 66 ‘Technische Universität’ stop.

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Thursday, 19 April: Noche de Flamenco

Flamenco is a Spanish art form made up of three parts: guitar playing, song, and dance. It originated in southern Spain but was influenced by a variety of different world cultures, including Latin American, Cuban, and Jewish traditions. Flamenco translates emotions into dance and poetry into music, only listening to the rhythm is enough to give you goose bumps, to be deeply moved all the way into your soul. Johannes Ratsch provides a musical catharsis through the use of his guitar, allowing audiences to be fascinated by Flamenco’s intensity. Migiwa Shimizu was originally born in Tokyo and studied piano playing at Dresden’s music college. In the year 2000, she began taking Flamenco classes in Spain with some of the country’s most renowned teachers and went on to begin teaching Flamenco herself in Dresden as of 2002 and in Leipzig since 2011. Since 2008 she has worked as a solo dancer in a variety of projects in Dresden and Leipzig and will now be on stage alongside Ratsch for an unforgettable Flamenco evening! Get ready for an exceptional Flamenco presentation, from lyrical to melodic, connecting traditions to modern tones and dance!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 13 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced, 2 EUR extra when buying at the door; How to get there: Projekttheater Dresden, Louisenstraße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

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