Tips for the upcoming week
(31 March – 06 April 2016)

Saxon Switzerland (Photo: C. Reichert)
Saxon Switzerland in early spring (Photo: C. Reichert)

Thursday, 31 March 2016: European Days of Crafts (opening event)

From April 01 until April 03, lots of craftsman in and around Dresden open their workshops for visitors and people interested in handmade artefacts. On Thursday, the big opening event is happening in Scheune, where artisans can install their work. So if you like such kind of art, you are very welcome to have a look.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße (Nordbad)’ stop.

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Friday, 01 April 2016: Roma Resistance (installation/exhibition)

The (re-)exploration of the forgotten and unwritten history of European Roma demonstrates that throughout history Roma had the power to resist oppression, take part in different forms of resistance, and thus have the capacity to inhabit a different role than that of the victim. Contemporary artists have been emphasizing resistance as a central aspect of the Roma experience, and even see Roma art itself as a measured and creative method of Roma resistance – a well-established form of cultural survival and a demonstration of ethical and political commitment to the community. The exhibition approaches the concept, as enacted by Roma people across the Diaspora, focusing on the current narratives, embodiments and expressions of Roma survival and resistance.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau‘.

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Friday, 01 April 2016: Axel Zwingenberger (piano concert)

Born in Hamburg, Germany, in 1955, he picked up this rollicking, hard-driving, joyful blues piano style at the age of 17 after 11 years of conventional training, inspired by records of the Big Three of boogie woogie, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson and Meade “Lux” Lewis. Having played and recorded with stellar jazz and blues greats, such as Lionel Hampton, Big Joe Turner, Jay McShann, Sippie Wallace, Big Jay McNeely or Champion Jack Dupree, just to name a few, he was heavily influenced by these co-operations which helped him to develop his own, authentic boogie woogie style.
Beginning: 8 p.m; Admission: €24,20; How to get there: Cosel-Palais Dresden, An der Frauenkirche 12, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4 ‚Altmarkt’ stop.

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Saturday, 02 April 2016: Stan the Man’s Blues Night (blues festival)

In honour of the great Jazz artist Stan the Man, who would have turned 65 this March, there will be for the first time a blues festival, organised by the Evergreen Pub Dresden. They have gathered great musicians from all over the world to create an unforgettable atmosphere of good music and great people.  So if you love blues, you should not miss this event.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: €20; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße (Nordbad)’ stop.

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Sunday, 03 April 2016: Klaus Hoffmann (German Singer/songwriter)

Klaus Hoffmann, who was born in 1951, didn’t know which profession to pick in the beginning. Singing in various pubs in Berlin, while studying acting, he just knew, he wants to be on stage. He decided for the music and it was the best he could do. He released more than 50 records and played amazing concerts. He also found his passion for writing, so besides his songs, he also wrote a book and some poems. His storytelling skills can be heard in his songs, which makes every concert an experience.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €26/ €20, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden – Kleines Haus, Glacisstraße 28, 01099 Dresden, TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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Monday, 04 April 2016: Eddie the Eagle (movie in original version)

Inspired by true events, Eddie the Eagle is a feel-good story about Michael “Eddie” Edwards (Taron Egerton), an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself – even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach (played by Hugh Jackman), Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. From producers of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton as Eddie, the loveable underdog with a never say die attitude.
Beginning: 11p.m.; Admission: €7; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016: Chantal Acda (NL) (indie rock concert)

Chantal Acda, born in 1978, has worked under the Sleepindog moniker since 2006, making three affectionately received albums. They toured the UK and Benelux with Low. At the same time, she was a constant on-stage presence with Isbells and is one-half of True Bypass, a duo with Craig Ward. After all this, it was time for her first real solo record. Playing in various formations had made her conscious of the patterns that we all, as humans, share in. So she sought out kindred spirits with whom she might record an album filled with freedom and intensity, and who were conscious of the patterns we so often fall back on.
Beginning: 8 p.m. Admission: €12; 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.

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016: Giselle (ballet – live broadcast)

Giselle, a peasant girl, has fallen in love with Count Albrecht, who has told her he is a villager named Loys. Her discovery of his true identity has devastating consequences. Giselle kills herself. Distraught, Albrecht wanders the forests – and discovers that Giselle has become one of the Wilis, shades of young women who died before their wedding day. The Wilis dance all men that come across their path to death; but Giselle intercedes on Albrecht’s behalf. Her forgiveness saves Albrecht and releases her from the Wilis, so that she may finally rest in peace. This ballet was recorded at the London royal opera house, which is famous for its excellent performances.
Beginning: 8:15p.m.; Admission: €16; How to get there: UFA-Kristallpalast Dresden, St. Petersburger Str. 24a, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

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