Friday, 27 April: Clothes Exchange Party
Are you tired of always opening your closet only to find the same clothes you’ve had for months or even years? Do you feel like it’s time for some change but you do not want to create more trash for our world by just disposing of your clothes in the normal trash? Well, Greenpeace has got you covered this Friday at their large clothes exchange party! After cleaning up your closet of anything you haven’t worn for the past year, get ready to detach yourself from the old and give your clothes a new home. The best part of it all is that you will have the chance to take home other pieces and renew your wardrobe entirely. Maybe a dress which has been sitting in someone’s closet for the past years will become your new favourite piece of clothing. Not only is this good for decluttering your home and helping reduce the amount of textile waste in the world, it is also a good way to save some money on apparel which you will now be free to use on something else for your weekend!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Greenpeace Dresden, Martin-Luther-Straße 11, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Straße/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
Saturday, 28 April: Streetfood in the Markthalle
Once again, another street food festival is back in Dresden! As every year in the end of April, it will take place inside the historical Neustadt market hall, a building which has cemented itself as a touristic attraction of its own in Dresden and is definitely worth a visit. The festival also focuses on the environmental aspect of food and waste, promoting a conscious reduction in the amount of food and general waste produced. Previous years featured biodegradable and edible plates and bowls, for those who are hungry even after finishing their food, there is still an entire plate you may eat, reducing your waste to zero! Come by and enjoy some delicious burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and other delicacies from around the world. For those who do not enjoy animals on their plate, the festival also offers a great deal of vegetarian as well as vegan options, ensuring that everyone leaves satisfied!
Beginning: 1 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Nestädter Markthalle, Metzer Straße 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/344731786003679/
Sunday, 29 April: Neustadt Spring
Spring has undoubtedly arrived; the city is out on the river and parks enjoying the sun while flowers are blooming all around the northern hemisphere. This is arguably the most beautiful time of the year, giving us all a great reason to celebrate! Every year, the Hauptstraße, that is, the main pedestrian street on the Neustadt side of the river hosts a large open air market to celebrate the beginning of spring. The event itself already begins on Friday afternoon and continues throughout the weekend until Sunday. From the Albertplatz all the way down to the Goldener Reiter you will find stands selling handcrafted goods, typical German fair-food, and an entertainment program with live music on a stage set up next to the Goldener Reiter to ensure you have an enjoyable day, especially with this wonderful weather!
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; Hauptstraße, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): http://www.goldener-reiter.com/
Monday, 30 April: Take me Out – Indie Rock from the Golden Years
May is a special month in Germany, as many clubs and bars hold events on the 30 of April known as “dancing in May”. The idea is that we all begin the month of May while dancing, as the clock strikes midnight you can dance your way into spring and a happy and cheerful summer! To celebrate the evening prior to the holiday on Tuesday, the Altes Wettbüro will host the band Take me Out for the first time in Dresden. The band has already performed in a number of venues throughout the country, in Cologne, Hamburg, Hannover, Mainz, and in Leipzig. The band’s repertoire is focused on Indie Rock from its golden years. Do you remember the time between 2001 and 2008, when a new hit album seemed to be published every week? It’s hard to believe that it has now been over a decade since The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, Arctic Monkeys, White Stripes, Libertines, and many many others were dominating the charts but you now have a chance to relive the greatest hits by these bands live!
Beginning: 11 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Altes Wettbüro, Antonstr. 8, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 11 ‘Bahnhof Neustadt’ stop.
More information (German): http://www.altes-wettbuero.de/index.php?page=va&id=4092
Tuesday, 1 May: Silent Disco
In 1969, a Finnish science-fiction film (Ruusujen Aika / A Time of Roses) made a reference to an event in which characters wore headsets during a party. Today, this is no longer science fiction but rather a reality, as for the past decade silent discos have slowly but surely spread throughout the world. The idea is simple, instead of having large amplifiers at parties, each individual gets to wear his or her own headset and tunes in to a music channel being broadcast live by a DJ. This Tuesday, DJ Moritz Schlieb will be scratching the records at the Weinzentrale without disturbing the neighbours! The best part about it all is that you may enjoy a nice glass of wine undisturbed by the party going on right beside you! Once back on the dancefloor, you can never be entirely sure if the person across from you is dancing to the same song as you are, but you can be sure that you will have a great deal of fun!
Beginning: 6 p.m..; Admission: Free; How to get there: Weinzentrale, Hoyerswerdaer Str. 26, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Straße/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/1355465624555715/
Wednesday, 2 May: Hellraiser (Movie, Org.)
One of the greatest and most awaited action movies of 2018 is here! For all Marvel Comics fans and fans of superhero movies, this is definitely a movie you cannot miss while it is in the movies, watching a super-production like this is something much better appreciated on the big screen. This time, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and the rest of the Avengers must unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet – the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment. The movie had its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 23 and has received generally positive reviews from critics, who called it an “overstuffed classic”, praising the visual effects and emotional weight of the story. Be ready to leave the movie theatre wishing for more though, as a sequel is already scheduled to be released on May 3 of next year.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m. (2D), 8 p.m. (3D); Admission: 8 EUR (2D), 12 EUR (3D); How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
Thursday, 3 May: Christina Moura – Like an Idiot (Solo Dance Performance)
Who is Christina Moura? Can she be defined as a dancer, as an artist, or perhaps as a black Brazilian? These are the questions which led her to put together this spectacular dance performance, in which she expresses her search for an identity through movements of her body. She describes her charming and provocative solo as a “duo with oneself”. She gets on stage wearing very little apparel, nearly naked so as to express her helplessness. After returning from Europe back to her home country, she faced an identity crisis, having to deal with a number of questions which only led to more questions in her head. Uncertain about herself and if her questions were even answerable, Moura decided to express herself in the best way she knows how to do so: through her dance.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 15 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information and tickets: http://www.hellerau.org/like-an-idiot