Tips for the upcoming week
(25 – 31 August 2016)


Finally summer. (Photo: C. Reichert)
Finally summer. (Photo: C. Reichert)

Thursday, 25 August 2016: Ten Years, Two Queens And A Hero (theatre play)

What really happened when Elizabeth I met Mary Queen of Scots? Will the Cherry Sisters ever get to Moscow – or anywhere else, for that matter? And who is The Greatest Hero of All Time? If any of these questions has ever worried you – and even if they haven’t – all will be revealed in Eclectic Theatre’s Show.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €8/€5, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70,80 ‘Rankestraße’ stop.

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Friday, 26 August 2016: Grand masters with 4 hands (piano concert)

An evening filled with so much expertise and talent can only turn out to be wonderful –  so don’t miss it. Xin Wang, a Chinese Pianist and Florian Koltun, a German Pianist, are know all over Europe and Asia for their expertise. Besides playing concerts on all the big classical stages, they are also actively involved in the organisation and the direction of several classical music festivals. Xin Wang is also often asked to be part of a jury in international piano contests. Both are also experienced piano instructors and taught on several famous music schools in China. Take a blanket and just sit in front of the palace to enjoy the music.
Beginning: 8:30 p.m; Admission: free; How to get there: Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016: Open doors at Saxon’s only state vineyard

You were always interested how wine and champagne are pressed? You were curious how those precious grapes can grow here in Saxony? Then come and visit the only state-owned Vineyard in Germany and discover all the interesting facts about wine and its long history in the area around Dresden. The Wackerbarth castle offers public tours, some music and a great atmosphere for a trip with the whole family into a wonderful landscape.
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Schloss Wackerbarth, Wackerbarthstraße 1, 01445 Radebeul, TRAM 4 ’Schloss Wackerbarth, Radebeul’ stop.

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Saturday, 27 August 2016: Dresden Gospel Festival (Blues and Boogie-Woogie concert)

This evening is mostly designed by Thomas Stelzer, a musician for more than 30 years, who invited his dear friend and fellow musician, Bernita Bush. The Dresden-born musician always had a crush on the music of the Old South and its people. So he started traveling there in 1999 and got the inspiration for a life time. His concerts are always a unique experience, full of soul and blues. His voice even transforms cover songs in something new. So if you are free Saturday night, go and enjoy an evening with great music and a great atmosphere.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: €29 – €8,50, depending on if you are a student and where you prefer to sit; How to get there: Staatsoperette Dresden, Pirnaer Landstraße 131, 01257 Dresden; TRAM 2,6 ‚Altleuben’ stop or BUS 65 ‚Altleuben’ stop.

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 Sunday, 28 August 2016:  Dresden Free Tour

Message from the Guide:

Hello, I offer a FREE TOUR on Saturday 27 August! The tour will lead you through old town and includes: Church of Our Lady (Frauenkirche), Brühl Terrace (Brühlsche Terrasse), Procession of Dukes (Fürstenzug), Court Chapel (Hofkirche), Taschenberg Palace (Taschenbergpalais), Semper Opera House (Semperoper) & Zwinger. I will tell you the stories that history has written(believe me there are some crazy ones). I work in the free guided tours concept (you give as much as you like at the end of the tour).
Meeting point: 2pm at Martin Luther statue next to Church of our Ladies (Frauenkirche)
Language: English
Duration: 2 hours (Usually I have a coffee after the tour in Neustadt. You can join me if you like!)
I will wait for you there with my red umbrella! Greetings Maria
Beginning: 2 p.m; Admission: free (after the tour, they will pass around a hat, and you give what you want); How to get there: MartinLuther statue in front of Frauenkirche Dresden, Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4 ‘Altmarkt‘ stop.

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Sunday, 28 August 2016: Captain Fantastic (movie in original version)

Ben and Leslie Cash have long lived largely off the grid with their offspring – Bodevan, Kielyr, Vespyr, Rellian, Zaja and Nai – in a cabin in the mountains of Washington state. The parents have passed their ideals to their children, namely socialism (in its various forms) and survivalism. With the former, Ben considers most of the western society as being fascist, especially corporate America. With the latter, he figures that no one will or should be there for you, so you better learn how to take care of yourself in all its aspects. As such, the children have been subject to vigorous physical training, know how to deal with minor bumps, bruises, cuts, sprains and even fractures, and know how to hunt, forage and grow their own food. The children are also non-registered home schooled, meaning that they have no official academic records. Ben and Leslie have tried to make the children critical thinkers, however within the context of their ideals. Beyond these issues, Ben and Leslie made the …
Beginning: 8:45 p.m; Admission: €8/€7, if you bring your student –ID card ; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4 ‘Altenberger Straße‘ stop.

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Monday, 29 August 2016: Dessau Dancers (open air movie)

‘FREIRAUM’, a project for more democracy and an open society, will show the movie ‘Dessau Dancers’. The movie is about a break dancer group in the 1980’s which gets on the radar of the state security of former GDR, the so-called ‘Stasi’.  It’s a heartwarming movie, showing the audience the ludicrousness about the socialist attempt to control each and every part of the life of its citizens. And it evokes thoughts about freedom, self-determination and co-optation.
Beginning: 9 p.m; Admission: free, but if you want to reserve seats, email to ; How to get there: Theaterplatz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop.

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016: Eugin Onegin (opera)

Who of us hasn’t longed to meet our perfect partner and feared of letting him or her slip away? All her life Tatyana has fantasized of the romantic love she reads about in her books, until she finally believes to have found it in the shape of Onegin from a neighbouring estate. Yet he brusquely rejects her, claiming that he is not ready to settle down. Some years later Onegin realizes the error of his vagrant lifestyle and his lack of courage. Yet it is too late; Tatyana has already married Prince Gremin.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: €102 – €22, depending on where you sit. Or, if you are a student, you can go to the box office 30 min. before the opera starts and pay €10; How to get there: Semperoper Dresden, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop.

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Wednesday, 31 August:  Short Attacks (short film festival)

Animal actions –  that’s the motto of tonight’s short film selection.You can withness animals in the most preposterous situations. They song, are on a holy mission, meet for a coffee party, go around town or are just alone at home. This humorous and honest view on the life of our close friends is heartwarming and thought provoking. And definitely worth a visit.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: €7/€6, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4 ‘Altenberger Straße‘ stop.

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