Friday, 30 March: Brad’s Status
This weekend, most of the city’s churches will be filled for the presentations of Bach’s classic “Johannes Passion” as well as other pieces related to Easter. If you are interested in classical church music, then be sure to check out one of the many churches spread throughout the city for their Easter programmes as concerts will be held throughout the weekend beginning on Friday. Although some may cost upwards of 30 EUR, cheaper or even free concerts may be found, especially if visiting the services on Easter Sunday, though if going on Sunday, be prepared for a sermon alongside the orchestral presentations and make sure to arrive early as churches do tend to be full on this date! If you are not much of an Easter-fan, why not start your long holiday with a nice movie? Mike White’s 2017 Brad’s Status has finally arrived in Germany, a midlife comedy which shows us the dangers of letting our insecurities dictate our emotional state. Brad Sloan has a satisfying career and a comfortable life in suburban California, but it’s not quite what he imagined during his glory days in college. Sloan keeps comparing his life with those of his four college friends, wondering what it would be like to have their well-paying and glamorous jobs. When circumstances force Brad to reconnect with his buddies, he soon begins to question whether he has failed, or is in some ways the most successful of them all.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Saturday, 31 March: International Taco Day
Are you a fan of Mexican food? If so, then be sure to mark the 31 of March on your calendar as it will surely be a highlight of the year! Originally created by Mexican TV-Broadcaster Televisa, International Taco Day has been observed in its home country of Mexico ever since 2007. To celebrate, the small family-owned restaurant Tacos & Salsa in the Dresden Neustadt has prepared a menu with a selection of the best of the different types of tacos for a delicious all-you-can-eat event. The restaurant is operated by a Mexican family and provides the best authentic Mexican food. This is the perfect opportunity for those who have never been to the restaurant to become familiar with their favorite taco flavors. The buffet will be filled with tacos al pastor, carnitas, chorizo, asada, canasta, and much more! If these names all sound new and unfamiliar to you, then be sure to come by and find out what made this Mexican food so famous and widespread around the globe. While most are looking for their Easter eggs, this is your chance to search for the Easter taco!
Opening times: 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Admission: 12 EUR; How to get there: Tacos & Salsa, Bautzner Str. 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner/Rothenburger Str.’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/178360472787085/
Sunday, 1 April: Portraits – Hellerau Photogrphy Award (Last chance!)
For the third time, HELLERAU – European Center for the Arts Dresden and the Kunstagentur Dresden announced the PORTRAITS competition and finally on February 8, 2018, the jury announced which works were awarded prizes. Now, the main exhibition in the Festspielhaus Hellerau and the small satellite exhibitions in the city center can be visited – including solo shows by the first (Matthew Hamon) and the second prizewinner César Dezfuli. At the opening, Petra von Crailsheim claimed it was “one of the most important exhibitions this year in Dresden”. With an array from different themes, ranging from “Passengers”, “Father, Son, and War”, “Young Men and Carcasses” as well as many others, the exposition is most certainly worth a visit. The works have been in exhibition since February and will only be on show until this weekend, so if you have not yet paid a visit do not miss a chance to do so! If you cannot make it to the main exposition, make sure to check out the website below for the locations and opening times of the smaller satellite exhibitions.
Opening times: 14 p.m. – 18 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: http://www.portraits-hellerau.com/en/
Monday, 2 April: Bomb-proof! A Hideaway for Art – Weesenstein 1945
What would you do if you were a museum curator and found yourself amidst a terrible war? Maybe you have already asked yourself how is it that the Dresden museums still hold some of the world’s most extraordinary baroque pieces, even though the city was nearly bombed to the ground during the second world war. At that time, Weesenstein Castle served as one of the most important and largest art depots in Saxony. Many state institutions, but also numerous individuals deposited important inventories of their collections at Weesenstein to save them from air raids. A special role was played by “Special Mission Linz”, the institution that procured pieces of art for the Fuehrer Museum planned by Adolf Hitler to be built in Linz. Another topical field of the excitingly designed exhibition is about the lives of the people on site under war conditions. The exhibition is co-funded by the European Union within the scope of the project “Treasures of Nobility” and may be visited until October 7.
Opening times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: 7,50 EUR Regular, 6 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Weesenstein Castle, Am Schlossberg 1, 01809 Müglitztal; S-BAHN S1 to ‘Heidenau’, then TRAIN RB 72 to ‘Weesenstein’ stop.
More information: https://goo.gl/XaBns1
Tuesday, 3 April: ESN Pub Crawl
The Dresden Neustadt is famour for its many cafes and bars, giving the neighborhood a lively nightlife. If you have been in Dresden for longer than a month, then chances are you have already been to the Neustadt at least once. If you are interested in getting to know a bit more of the city’s most loved neighborhood among the young, you have the perfect chance to do so this Tuesday at the Erasmus Student Network Pub Crawl. On one evening, the group will visit four bars, have four beers as well as fours shots, ending the night with a great party. As new Erasmus students begin flooding into the city for the new semester, they are all keen to make new friends, so if you would like to make new contacts, this is a great opportunity! Although the event is organized by ESN, it is open to all, so don’t be shy to come around, even if you don’t know anyone, as most people there will also be eager to get to know new friends. Make sure to buy your ticket in advance at the ESN info-desk on the seventh floor of the Strehlener Str. 22 office building, more infos may be found below.
Beginning: 7:15 p.m..; Admission: 13 EUR; How to get there: Albertplatz in front of the Vodafone shop, Albertplatz 1, 01156 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Wednesday, 4 April: Bee Gees – Jive Talkin’
The Bee Gees is one of those bands that doesn’t even require an introduction. The band made up of the three Gibb brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice is without a doubt one of the most iconic pop music groups of the second half of the 20th century, with unmistakeable hits such as “Stayin’ Alive”, “Night Fever” and “How Deep is Your Love”. Unfortunately, the original band is no longer active, as Barry is today the only remaining member still alive, but due to the band’s extreme popularity, a number of cover bands have arisen throughout the past decades. Europe’s most successful Bee Gees cover band, Jive Talkin’, will perform in Dresden this Wednesday, bringing the disco fever into town with outfits faithful to the originals from the 70s. Those who have already seen them perform live claim that not only the outfits but the music itself is so close to the originals that for a second the audience may well believe to be watching the real Bee Gees on stage! If you are a lover of disco music, then you do not want to miss out!
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Tickets for 29 EUR or 32 EUR; How to get there: Boulevardtheater Dresden, Maternistr. 17, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 7, 10, 12 or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘Freiberger Straße’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://boulevardtheater.de/produktion/boulevard-theater-the-bee-gees-jive-talking.html
Thursday, 5 April: Speed Friending and Culture Shock Party
With the summer semester beginning in one week at the TU Dresden, this is the best time of the year to make new friends! This week, different student organizations have put together an array of events to connect and immerse new students and a second ESN-organized event managed to make it to our list! In order to foster new friendships among incoming students, ESN has organized a “speed-friending” event, with a concept very similar to the more well-known concept of speed-dating. The rules are simple, you only get three minutes to get to know a stranger across from you and in this time, this stranger becomes a potential new friend. At the end, you get the chance to get to know your new friend a bit better at the Culture Shock Party, held at the same venue. Alongside from enjoying a fun-filled evening, you will most certainly leave the party with new friends who will ensure an enjoyable summer! Be sure to check out the link for the ESN info-desk above on Tuesday’s tip for more information on where to get a ticket for both events.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 3,50 EUR; How to get there: Studentenclub Bärenzwinger, Brühlscher Garten 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.