Friday, 26 June – Sunday, 28 June 2015: Elbhangfest
The Dresden Elbhangfest is definitely worth a visit! Three days of strolling through beautiful villages at the waterfront… with music, wine, good food & cake, theatre, sports, etc. It is one of Dresden’s highlights of the year. Every year, during the last weekend in June, the area between Loschwitz bridge and Pillnitz Castle & Grounds turns into a huge fairground. Over 200 events take place in a seven-kilometer long stretch running through five communities along the Elbe river and its hillsides, in village squares, parks and villas, on the meadows along the river and on the slopes above. An arts festival organized by local citizens, the Elbhangfest offers concerts (from flute to rock), theater, dance, recitals and special events for children, as well as markets for local crafts and culinary specialties in all communities. Learn more about the region, its history and its oddities during guided tours and lectures. Modern art represents the contemporary spirit of the artsy area. A large parade marks the start of the festivities. One of every year’s highlights is the Silent Disco happening on Friday and Saturday night at ‘Krachwitz’ (an imaginary village name which translates to “Noise-witz”), a party zone located at Friedrich-Wieck-Straße 29. Have a look at the fantastic program by following the links below. Beginning: Admission: €10/€9 (advance sale/advance sale reduced; until June 26 at 6 p.m.), day tickets and late night tickets also available; How to get there: The festival area is the entire 7-km stretch along the North side of the Elbe river between ‘Blaues Wunder’ bridge near Körnerplatz and Pillnitz Castle & Grounds – click this link and scroll down for a map of all the transport options. Festival tickets include admission to the castle grounds and give you the option of reduced public transport all day!
www.elbhangfest.de/en (basic information in English, for more details see the German version)
www.elbhangfest.de/index.php?node=71& (prices, for more details see the German version)
Saturday, 27 June 2015: 2nd International Gardening Day
Join the 2nd Gardening Day in cooperation with the Refugees Welcome Cooking Actions initiative. They will prepare some food while other volunteers have the chance to do some gardening. Don‘t forget to bring your instruments for a jam session afterwards! Cultivate Community! Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
Sunday, 28 June 2015: Welcome Center ‘Scientific Crushers’ crew at Elbhangfest Dragon Boat Race – Come to cheer them on!
On Sunday a dragon boat crewed with international researchers will compete in the dragon boat cup at the Dresdn Elbhangfest. We need cheerleaders, fans and groupies to cheer us on while we are wearing ourselves out to win the race! Dresden researchers represent! We had our first training session two weeks ago and most of us will be sitting in the boat for the very first time. But nonetheless, we are determined to win >;) Go, Crushers!!!
You’ll find us here: https://goo.gl/maps/18ftC at the waterfront. We will start at 2.20 p.m. for the first race, the second run will be shortly after. If you would like to come you’ll need to buy tickets in the form of a bracelet for the Elbhangfest (see links above for prices and details). To sign up for our waterside cheerleading team, follow this link:
Monday, 29 June 2015: Jazz by Greg Pattillo’s Project Trio
The self-titled Project Trio is packed with musicianship, joy, surprise … and a beat-box flute. In Project Trio, we’ve got three classically-trained musicians who have worked with the lofty likes of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Houston Symphony, but they really dig into improvisation, groove and a no-boundaries attitude. There’s a classical base to the work, for sure, but Project Trio pulls inspiration from any musical direction that catches its collective ear. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €29; How to get there: Societaetstheater, An der Dreikönigskirche 1a, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Tuesday, 30 June 2015: The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco
The Young Women’s Choral Projects of San Francisco provides talented young women from across the Bay Area with exceptional interpersonal and musical experiences. Their repertoire is diverse, coming from many periods in the western classical tradition, sung in many languages, and also includes world music, jazz and Broadway selections. In addition, the Young Women’s Choral Projects is committed to expanding the body of choral literature for young women’s voices by commissioning original works and arrangements. Beginning: 7.30 p.m.; Admission: €13/€9 (reduced); How to get there: Theaterruine St. Pauli, Königsbrücker Platz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7,8 ‘Tannenstraße (Goethe Institut)’ stop.
Wednesday, 1 July 2015: Mad Max: Fury Road (Original version in English)
An apocalyptic story set in the remotest corner of our planet, in a stark desert landscape where humanity is broken, and almost everyone is crazed fighting for the necessities of life. Within this world exist two rebels on the run who just might be able to restore order. There is Max, a man of action and of few words, who seeks peace of mind following the loss of his wife and child in the aftermath of the chaos. And there is Furiosa, a woman of action who believes her path to survival may be achieved if she can make it across the desert back to her childhood homeland. Beginning: 10 p.m.; Admission: €5; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 2 July 2015: Dance Theatre ‘Grand Jeté – der große Sprung’ at Hellerau
In the summer of 2013, Paula E. Paul and Sirko Knüpfer of KOMBINAT asked five former professional dancers about the experience they took with them into their new professions from their work in dance. This was used to create a film montage which is rich in associations. Three young performers dance on the trampolines, interacting and corresponding to the events on the screens. The topic are take-offs and landings, both in life and on stage. In this vertical piece of dance theatre, hanging in the air is taken literally and given an artistic interpretation. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €19/€6 (reduced); How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.