Tips for the upcoming week
(31 July – 6 August 2015)

The riverbanks opposite the Semperoper await you for this year's Palaissommer. (Photo: Gerhard Aust)
The riverbanks opposite the Semperoper await you for this year’s Palaissommer. (Photo: Gerhard Aust)

Friday, 31 July 2015: First day of “War and Peace” – 3 photographic exhibitions

Images of violent conflicts shape our cultural memory. Starting today and running until 25 October 2015, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden present, at three separate venues, three exhibitions devoted to war, threat, and destruction as depicted through the medium of photography. Photographs of military force, destruction, and devastation have left an indelible mark on the stock of epoch-defining images of the 20th and 21st century. They range, for instance, from pictures of the protective measures taken by Venetians in World War I to protect the most important monuments of their suddenly vulnerable city against aerial attacks (“A City at War. Venice 1915-1918” at Japanisches Palais), to the ‘embedded-journalism’ stylized shots taken in the thick of the action by Robert Capa, the ‘inventor’ of modern war photography (“Robert Capa. War Photographs 1943-1945” at Kupferstichkabinett in the Royal Palace), up to the short and long-term effects of violence, revealed by the photographs in the exhibition titled “Conflict, Time, Photography” (at Albertinum). Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on Mondays (Japanisches Palais, Albertinum) or Tuesdays (Royal Palace); Admission: regular admission to each individual museum (€12/€9 reduced, €10/€7.50 reduced, free) or combined day ticket for all three exhibitions only €13; How to get there (alphabetical): Albertinum Dresden, Georg-Treu-Platz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or TRAM 1,2,3,4,7,12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop; Kupferstich-Kabinett, Residenzschloss, Taschenberg, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ or TRAM 1,2,4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop; Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.
(bilingual flyer with detailed information about the individual exhibitions and supporting events)

Saturday, 1 August 2015: Amy (Original Version with German subtitles)

Despite just two albums to her name, Amy Winehouse is one of the biggest music icons in British history. With a voice often described as a combination of Billy Holiday, Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a once in two generational musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: €7.50/€6.50 (reduced); How to get there: Schauburg Dresden, Königsbrücker Straße 55, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8,13 ‚Bischofsweg‘ stop.

Sunday, 2 August 2015: Sunday Open Air Rave

The last party at Postplatz for this year awaits you. Electro sounds will be delivered by known DJs. So come and have fun under the sun. Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Postplatz, Postplatz 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,8,9,10,11 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

Monday, 3 August 2015: Sneak Preview (Original Version with German subtitles)

Like films? Not afraid of surprises? Check out the regular ‘Sneak Preview OV’ every Monday night at UFA cinema Dresden. All films in the ‘OV’ sneak series are shown in original language, with or without subtitles (OmU or OV), several weeks in advance of the official opening of the respective film. Beginning: 9 p.m., Admission: €4.50, How to get there: UFA Kristallpalast, St. Petersburger Straße 24a, 01069 Dresden, TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 stop ‘Walpurgisstraße’.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015: Trio de lucs

This band by Lukas Derungs, Lukas Hatzis and Lukas Jank performs modern jazz with influences from beat box until folk music from Greece. Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: unknown, usually about €5; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Wednesday, 5 August 2015: Choir night at the Palais garden

Here are just three of the many events ranging from entertaining, to relaxing-reviving, to food for thought, at the free Palaissommer Festival lasting from 31 July to 23 August: Listen to 3 a cappella choirs this warm Wednesday summer night. The ‘Dresdner Kneipenchor’ (must-translate: ‘Dresden pub choir’!), the ‘Jazzchor Dresden’ and the ‘Smart Musicians’ have prepared music from all decades and the international charts for you. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free, How to get there: garden grounds behind Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.

Thursday, 6 August 2015: Flowing on yoga waves – Vinyasa yoga meets Triyoga / Barefoot in Hiroshima – live improvisation and multimedia installation

Want to relax after a hard day at work? Then join the yoga course on the banks of the Elbe river. Placed in the lovely surroundings of the Japanese Palais garden, this one hour will let you dive into the yoga flow together with others. When you have recharged your energy, maybe you would like to stay on for the night of remembrance to commemorate the sad occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing. A multimedia installation by Amsterdam artist Oğuz Büyükberber will bring Hiroshima survivor Keiji Nakazawa’s monumental and apocalyptic manga series だしのゲン (Hadashi no Gen) to life by projecting it onto the entire façade of the Japanese Palace and onto a giant screen. It is a story about a 6-year-old boy’s experience before, during and in the aftermath of the bombing. In a fusion of animation, installation and live concert, eight musicians of the Dresden Symphony Orchestra are invited to improvise during the screening. The event is presented under the patronage of the Japanese embassy. Please note that this event is not suitable for children due to the cruel nature of the events depicted. Beginning: 6 p.m. (yoga), 9 p.m. (Barefoot in Hiroshima); Admission: free, How to get there: garden grounds behind Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.


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