Friday, 20 April: A Wall is a Screen
As part of the 30 International Short Film Festival, another international event is making its way to Dresden. Originating in Hamburg, “A Wall is a Screen” travels through large cities around the world, using large exposed walls in busy areas to transform public spaces into open-air movie theatres! In Dresden, the meeting point will be next to the Rundkino on the Prager Straße. From there, projectors will be set up throughout the city centre and big walls will come to life with short movies. Of course, which walls will be used is kept a secret until the big night and what movies will be shown is also something you can only find out by being at the event! Come out and enjoy a view of our different city from a different angle, the entire tour will last around 1 hour and a half and will take place regardless of the weather. If you can’t get enough of short films, then you may also want to check out the screen set up in front of the Frauenkirche before making it to the Prager Straße!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstr.’ stop.
More information: http://www.awallisascreen.com/index.php?id=awiashome&no_cache=1&L=1
Friday, 20 April: Improvising and Acting Workshop – School of Science
Would you like to explore a bit of your creative and improvisational side? This workshop consists of different creative theatre games in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. With Laura, our trainer, and different people from all over the world, you will certainly recover from the stresses of the working week and maybe discover your hidden acting talents. The workshop is open for all and no previous experience is needed, just come by and unleash the acting talent which has been hiding within you all along!
Beginning: 5:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Willers-Bau Room C 207, Zellescher Weg 12-14, 01069 Dresden; BUS 61 ‘Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek’ stop.
Saturday, 21 April: Latin-American Affinity with Martin Sued and Guanduo (Concert)
Martin Sued is a bandoneon player and composer from Argentina. Since 2014, he performs frequently in Argentina, Brazil, Europe and the USA, performing his own compositions on a bandoneon set. He has collaborated, both in concerts and recordings with renowned South American artists, including Gilberto Gil, Milton Nascimento, Yamandú Costa, Miguel Zenon, Seamus Blake and many others. On this Latin American evening he will be playing alongside the band ‘Guanduo’. Guanduo is made up of the musicians Juliano Camara and Eduardo Pinheiro, two guitarists, composers, and friends since the tenderest of ages. The year of 2015 dates the birth of their first album entitled “Inventos”. Having a passion for popular Brazilian culture and for its diverse manifestations, the duo searches in the popular raw material the essence of their compositions. In 2015, Guanduo was one of the winners of the XV Prêmio BDMG Instrumental, one of the main competitions of instrumental music in Brazil and in the same competition they were nominated for the prize of best arranger. Come out on Saturday and enjoy music from across the other side of the Atlantic from three truly talented musicians!
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Free/Donation based; How to get there: Riesa efau. Kultur Forum Dresden; Adlergasse 14, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 6, 10 ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/154106665265351/
Sunday, 22 April: Be Your Self – Open Air Yoga
Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India. Its practice provides an array of proven benefits, including increased flexibility, the maintenance of a balanced metabolism, improved respiration and energy, and many others. Yoga is also great for stress reduction and is without a doubt one of the best ways to begin your day. To enjoy the benefits of yoga as well as to take advantage of the beautiful weather, be sure to take place in this year’s open air yoga taking place daily at the Neustadt’s Alaunpark. From the 16 of April all the way to the 28 of May, just bring your yoga mat with you to the park at 9 a.m. and enjoy a beautiful and relaxed start in your new day.
Beginning: 9 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Alaunplatz, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
Monday, 23 April: JAZZnoTALK – Trinity of Queen
Witnessing a concert by ‘Trinity of Queen’ is without a doubt an unforgettable musical experience. World famous hits of the band ‘Queen’ are arranged and mixed for a crazy mix of classical, rock, and jazz, a triple crossover! Three musical geniuses make up the band, combining breath-taking piano skills, a funky bass, and groovy drums. It might seem like it wouldn’t work out well but all three instruments combine together for an unforgettable rendering of Queen’s classics. The concert is a preview of this year’s city wide and already loved ‘Jazztage’ Dresden, the city’s main jazz festival which transforms the city into a musical hotspot. The festival itself, however, only takes place in November, but until then, be sure to check out the link below and watch out for these previews and tasters that take place throughout the year!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Prices from 19 EUR Reduced, 29 EUR Regular; How to get there: Brockmann und Knoedler Salon, An der Frauenkirche 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.jazztage-dresden.de/en/artists/kuenstlerdetail/trinity_of_queen/
Tuesday, 24 April: Presentation about the Protests in Iran
On December 28, 2017, a demonstration was held in Iran’s second largest city, Mashhad, which quickly spread like wildfire onto other large cities in the country. Originally organized for economic woes, against the high prices of goods and commodities, it quickly changed to protesting the Iranian involvement in the Middle East, as well as the government itself. The protests mark the most intense domestic challenge to the Iranian government since the 2009 presidential election protests, when a large portion of the population took onto the streets to protest against the result of that year’s election. While some analysts suggest the protests are a result of unfavourable economic policies adopted by the administration of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, others say that dissatisfaction with the theocratic regime and the Supreme Leader are the actual causes of the unrest. As of January 2, at least twenty-one protesters and two security force members had been killed, highlighting just how violent things became in such a short period of time. To find out more about the background behind the protests in Iran, be sure to join the members of the Kontaktcafé in AZ Conni this Tuesday for their presentation which will shortly dive into the history of the past 100 years in Iran as well as provide a brief introduction into the composition of the Islamic Republic regime.
Beginning: 8:15 p.m..; Admission: Free; How to get there: AZ Conni, Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße 39, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Stauffenbergallee’ stop or BUS 64 ‘Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1142380965915230/
Wednesday, 25 April: Ping Pong
Table tennis, or ping pong, is a sport originating in Victorian England which was able to conquer the world due to its widespread access and rules which are simple to follow. As the week reaches its midpoint, going out and playing some ping pong with friends or even strangers is a great way to relax from a stressful week while at the same way having a ton of fun! Although it may seem odd to some that a whole club would dedicate a night to a sport where only two or four players may play at the same time, the creation of running ping pong has this problem solved. The rules are simple, all players who wish to play in a round gather around a table and after the ball has been initially served, each player on the other end must then return the ball so as to keep it in play and then run their way towards the other end of the table. Whoever makes a mistake is automatically out until only two players are left, these will then play according to normal ping pong rules. Once a winner has been declared everyone gather around the table again and everything begins all over again, and so on until the end of the night!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: TBA Dresden, Schlesischer Platz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 11 ‘Bahnhof Neustadt’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/229522424263640/
Thursday, 26 April: Mindscape, The Japanese Series (Photo Exhibition)
As part of its exhibition program ‘Photography’, the Techinsche Sammlungen presents examples of modern photography with techniques related to historical, analogue mediums. This Thursday features the opening of the Düsseldorf born photographer’s exhibition ‘The Japanese Series’. Composed by three different parts, or series, each one relates to Japanese culture from a different perspective. The first series, ‘Mori’ (forest), examines the Japanese tradition of ink painting. Through the use of a large analogue format as well as an inversion from positive to negatives, truly magnificent details are made visible. The second series, ‘Ishi’ (stone) takes a closer look at the traditionally appreciated small Japanese rocks known as ‘Suiseki’. Finally, the third and newest series in the exhibition, ‘Figura’, bases itself on geometrical patterns, originally used to dye kimono fabric. Take advantage of the free entrance on the opening day and give yourself a trip to the far-east without even having to leave Dresden!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Junghansstr. 1-3, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 or BUS 61 ‘Pohlandplatz’ stop.