Friday, 16 March: Young Boy Dancing Group
Young Boy Dancing Group is a collective of contemporary dancers whose performances are a mixture of a queer show and techno-futurism. The YBDG use their performances to challenge normative notions of gender and sexuality. Their fragmentary choreographies are shown at art fairs, galleries and London nightclubs. By imitating movements from daily life, they create spaces for de-familiarisation, the aim being to create a new form of intimacy together – spaces for friendship, desire, queer alliances – and to constantly call institutionalised art settings into question. The performance is part of this weekend’s festival ‘dgtl femnsm’ in Hellerau, which will include workshops, other performances and even a party on Saturday in the Industrigelände’s electronic music club ‘Objekt Klein a’, all around the themes of acceptance, tolerance, and, of course, feminism.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 6,60 EUR (reduced); How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: http://en.hellerau.org/dgtl-femnsm-festival-tag-eins
Saturday, 17 March: Hiking in the Saxon Switzerland with Faranto
The Saxon Switzerland is without a doubt one of the most beautiful national parks in Germany, with exquisite sandstone formations rising above the banks of the Elbe. Although the forecast for Saturday’s temperature may not look so inviting, the sun is supposed to shine for most of the day, making for a wonderful hiking experience! As the Germans say, there is no cold weather, only the wrong clothes. In this sense, dress up with a warm winter jacket, put on some gloves and slip into your hiking boots and join Faranto this weekend for an unforgettable hike through this wonderful national park which is just next door from Dresden. Faranto is part of the Erasmus Student Network for the HTW Dresden, however, their events are open to all and are a great opportunity to get to know current exchange students spending a semester or a year in Dresden.
Beginning: 8 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Burger King in the Hauptbahnhof, Wiener Platz 4, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 10 or BUS 66 ‘Hauptbahnhof’ stop or TRAM 9, 11 ‘Hauptbahnhof Nord’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2238464686416191/
Sunday, 18 March: Street Food Festival Dresden
Europe’s largest street food festival is on tour and it is making a stop in Dresden this weekend! Beginning already on Friday at 2 p.m., the festival will go on all the way through Sunday, with dozens of food trucks offering an array of the most delicious creations. Whether you are hungry for a good old greasy burger or if you’d rather indulge yourself in some sweet chocolate waffles, here you may find something to satisfy all of your taste pallets. Of course, food wont be limited to simply fast food or sweets, some of the booths will certainly surprise you with their range of vegan and vegetarian dishes. For those who are a bit more adventurous, be sure to stop by the stand selling fried insects, zebra, or even crocodile meat! Although the festival’s main focus is, obviously, food, there will also be an entertainment program with live music as well as a DJ. If you can make it on Saturday, there will be a special Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with live Irish folk music all day. We cannot promise green beer, but we can promise a lot of fun as well as a satisfied stomach.
Opening hours: Fr. 2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. – 10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: OstraPark, Messering 8E, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 10 stop ‘Messe Dresden’.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1878874175776565/
Monday, 19 March: Tomb Raider
After 15 years since ‘The Cradle of Life’, Lara Croft is back for a reboot of the ‘Tomb Raider’ film series! Lara Croft is the fiercely independent daughter of an eccentric adventurer who vanished years earlier. Hoping to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance, Croft embarks on a perilous journey to his last-known destination – a fabled tomb on a mythical island that might be somewhere off the coast of Japan. The stakes couldn’t be higher as Lara must rely on her sharp mind, blind faith and stubborn spirit to venture into the unknown. With a positive rating of 91% by Google users and an IMDb score or 7,4/10, the movie has been a success among audiences ever since its release on March 15. If you enjoy action movies, this is definitely one of the biggest releases of the year and one that you do not want to miss, available in 3D and most importantly, in English at Dresden’s Rundkino on the Prager Straße.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 10,50 EUR / 10 EUR (regular/reduced); How to get there: Rundkino, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.cineplex.de/film/tomb-raider/344519/dresden/
Tuesday, 20 March: ArtMasters Just Flowers
Experience a creative and fun afternoon while meeting new people and creating your own piece of art with ArtMasters. Don’t worry if you have never painted on canvas before or if the last time you did so was only all the way back in grade school art class, for this workshop no prior knowledge of painting is required. ArtMasters’ artist Agnes will show you the step by step process of how to paint your own flowers on your own 40×50 cm canvas. The best part about it all is that you may take your painting home at the end of the evening and keep it as a piece of decoration to remind yourself proudly of your incredible newly acquired artistic skills or simply give it to someone as a wonderful gift. You also don’t need to worry about bringing anything with you, the ticket price includes all necessary materials, even aprons will be available at the event so that you don’t need to worry about staining your clothes. If you’d like, you may come a bit earlier and have dinner at the restaurant where the event will take place, drinks will also be available at the local venue’s prices. If you decide to come with a group of friends, be sure to arrive early so as to get neighbouring seats! If you have any questions, you may contact the organizers at email@example.com.
Beginning: 7 p.m..; Admission: 34 EUR; How to get there: Bierhaus Dampfschiff, An der Frauenkirche 5, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information: https://www.artmasters.co/events/just-flowers-dresden-2018-03-20/
Wednesday, 21 March: Bach in the City
This Wednesday celebrates the 333rd birthday of one of the world’s most well-known composers: Johann Sebastian Bach. Bach spent most of his adult life in the city of Leipzig, however, the composer also paid a number of visits to the city of Dresden throughout his lifetime. In fact, Bach was even granted the title of court composer by Augustus III, son of the famous Augustus the Strong and Elector of Saxony and King of Poland in 1736. The composer enriched already established German styles through his work and was valued primarily as an organist. His instrumental compositions such as the ‘Brandenburg Concertos’, the ‘Goldberg Variations’ as well as vocal music such as the ‘St Matthew Passion’ can still be heard to this day in concert halls and churches all around the world. To celebrate Bach’s birthday, events all around Dresden will take place this Wednesday, from a dance performance, ‘Beziehungsweise Bach’ in the Stadtsmuseum to a vocal concert, ‘Bach 333’ in the Dreikönigskirche, all you have to do is pick out a performance and enjoy music by one of the greatest German composers of all times. For those fonder of more modern music, the “Waldschänke Hellerau” will be hosting the concert ‘Between Bach and Blues’, but for those who prefer sticking to the classics, the ‘Goldberg Variations’ will be performed at the Hauskapelle Taschenbergpalais, be sure to check out the link below to get yourself a ticket for one of these great performances!
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Prices starting from 12 EUR; How to get there: Events all around Dresden, please check the link below for further information.
More information: http://www.bachindresden.de/events/
Thursday, 22 March: Holi 2018 – A Festival of Colors
Over the past few years, the Indian Festival of Colors, Holi, has gained widespread popularity throughout Europe and North America as a celebration of love, frolic, and colors. Holi was originally an Indian Spring festival celebrated all around the Indian subcontinent as well as in other countries with large Indian subcontinent populations. It signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and is also a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. It lasts for a night and a day and was celebrated this year beginning on the night of March 1 and ending in the evening of March 2. Although a little bit late to the official date, the Indian Association Dresden is putting together a Dresden Holi, right in time for the spring equinox and therefore the official end of winter. The event will not only feature the traditional celebration with colors but also a yoga and art workshop as well as an open stage, game corner, and an afterparty with a DJ. If you would like to participate in one of the workshops, be sure to register in advance by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, as places are limited!
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR; How to get there: Tusculum, August-Bebel-Str. 12, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Strehlener Platz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1024691884345189/