Friday, 4 May: Long Night of Galleries and Museums
If you have been living in Dresden for a longer period of time, chances are high that you have already visited at least one of the city’s museums or art galleries and are familiar with the most famous museums in the city such as the Old Master’s Gallery. However, did you know that the Neustadt’s Baroque Quartier also features a number of smaller, lesser known museums and exhibition galleries? This Friday evening you have the chance to visit 16 different venues, varying from art galleries, to ateliers, as well as museums all for free! Check out art from the Romantic era in Dresden at the Kügelgenhaus or more modern art at the Kunsthaus Dresden. Be sure to also check out the many different smaller galleries, featuring works from local artists and photographers. For the full list of the participating venues, please check out the link below.
Opening Times: 6 p.m. – midnight; Admission: Free; How to get there: Spread throughout different venues in the Neustadt’s Baroque Quartier.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/428108610974919/
Saturday, 5 May: ‘The Master Builder’ by Henrik Ibsen
Henrik Ibsen was a 19 century Norwegian playwright, theatre director and poet, often referred to as the ‘father of realism’. He is the most frequently performed dramatist in the world after Shakespeare, having written dramas which were considered scandalous for his time. ‘The Master Builder’ is the story of master builder Halvard Solness, who has become a successful architect in a small town in Norway but is secretly haunted by guilt and fear. One day, young Hilde Wangel enters his office and demands that he deliver on an old promise. Hilde turns Solness‘s life upside down, and he begins to trust her with more and more of his secrets. The play contains realistic and symbolic elements fused together, beginning with realistic characters and then shifting into the inner world of the mind of the leading character. It is far from a simple play, having bewildered audiences and critics all around the world in the search for a meaning or interpretation. It is seen as an exploration of the author’s autobiographical history, or of issues dealing with youth versus maturity, or of issues of psychology, and other possible interpretations. The play premiers on Friday but if you cannot make it this weekend, check out the link below for other dates as it will run throughout the year until October.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstr. 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70, 80 ‘Rankestraße’ stop.
More information: https://eclectic-theatre.de/portfolio_page/master-builder
Sunday, 6 May: Free Entry to Dresden’s Porcelain Collection
Each Sunday, the Dresden State Art Collections offers free entrance to one of its museums starting at 3 p.m. On every first Sunday of the month, you have the chance to take a look at the world’s largest porcelain collection outside of China held within Dresden’s porcelain collection at the Zwinger. The museum contains pieces from China, Japan, and also Meißen – which was the first place in Europe to produce the “white gold”. August the Strong’s obsession with porcelain is the main reason for the collection of the over 20000 items now in possession of the state and exposed to visitors in one of Dresden’s most beautiful buildings. The collection presents not only the finest china but also various precious vases, groups of figures and life-sized sculptures, modelled after the animals owned by the Saxon-King. Be sure to arrive as soon as possible, as the museum is only open until 6 p.m.!
Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Porzellansammlung, Zwinger, Theaterplatz 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.skd.museum/en/education/programmreihen/sonntags-ins-museum/
Monday, 7 May: Forró Workshop
Forró is a genre of Brazilian music and dance that originated in Northeastern Brazil. It encompasses various dance styles as well as a number of different musical beats and is the most popular and widespread musical genre in Brazil. The music is based on a combination of three instruments, the accordion, zabumba, and a metal triangle. The dance itself has a variety of different styles, each very different as one crosses from the Brazilian Northeast to the Southeast but the most widely spread style – known as xote – is characterized by a slower rhythm influenced by pop-rock music. The dance is well-known for its relative simple to learn steps, after a workshop even if you have never danced any other style before you can be sure you will have learned forró!
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Studentenclub Traumtänzer, Budapester Str. 24, 01069 Dresden; BUS 62 ‘Schweizer Straße’ or TRAM 7, 10 ‘Budapester Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2060398154285568/
Tuesday, 8 May: Paint like Banksy
Banksy is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director. He is known worldwide for his combination of dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. His works of political satire and social commentary have been featured on walls, streets, and bridges of cities throughout the world. You are probably already familiar with Banksy’s artistic style, but have you ever wished you could also paint like Banksy? This Tuesday you have the chance to learn how to do so at this week’s ‘ArtNight’ event. At an ArtNight, you learn how to paint by doing, as an artist guides the way to show you how to make pieces of art similar to famous paintings. The best part of it all is that you get to take your painting home in the end and can proudly show off your new masterpiece to all your friends! Be sure to get your tickets in advance, as they may only be purchased online and places are limited.
Beginning: 7 p.m..; Admission: 34 EUR; How to get there: &Rausch, Bürgerstr. 36, 01127 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Bürgerstraße’ stop.
More information (German) and tickets: https://www.artnight.com/events/paint-like-banksy-am-08-05-2018-in-dresden/
Wednesday, 9 May: Organ Recital in the Kulturpalast
The French organist Olivier Latry, born in Boulogne-sur-Mer in 1962 is considered to be one of the most remarkable and versatile concert as well as improvisational organists of his generation. At the young age of 23 he was already the main organist of the Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris and ever since 1995 he has been a professor for organ music at the Conservatoire in Paris. In 2016 he was the first musician to inaugurate the new organ in Paris’s philharmonic hall and in 2017 he also had the pleasure to inaugurate the organ for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. His busy concert schedule takes him around the world, as he is a regular at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Suntory Hall in Tokyo, the Mariinski Theatre in St. Petersburg as well as the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, he will be playing pieces by great names such as Bach, Mozart, Johannes Brahms, as well as César Franck. Such great music at such an affordable price is not something to be found so often, so be sure to get your tickets as soon as possible!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 10 EUR; How to get there: Kulturpalast, Schloßstr. 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.dresdnerphilharmonie.de/konzerte/dresdner-orgelzyklus-im-kulturpalast-4/466
Thursday, 10 May: Schmalfilmtage Echo
The exhibition ‘Schmalfilmtage Echo’ shows remixes and mashups produced during the 19th dresdner schmalfilmtage – international festival for 8 and 16 mm film 2018. In Via Lewandowsky’s ‘Edit Art History’ workshop of the 19th dresdner schmalfilmtage 2018, students of the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts and the Faculty of Art and Design JEPU Ústí nad Labem worked with archive material from the 1980s. Via Lewandowsky and Prof. Jens Büttner produced these super8 films back then and they were unprocessed until January 2018. They digitalised these films to produce new remixes and mashups. More than ten short films and installations are the result of the workshop and these works are now presented in an exhibition ‘Schmalfilmtage Echo’ in the Runde Ecke. Come around and check out older films now mixed up in a modern world.
Exhibition Dates: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Die Tonne im Kurländer Palais, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/369697510188672/