Tips for the upcoming week
(4 – 10 December)

(Photo: Gerhard Aust)
Neumarkt during Christmas time (Photo: Gerhard Aust)

Friday, 4 December: International X-MAS Party

On 4 December your classrooms in the ‘Hörsaalzentrum’ (HSZ Bergstraße 64) will transform, with the help of Santa’s little helpers, into a party location! The evening begins with an international Christmas market with exotic food and music. Later, you will find a colourful cultural programme with contributions from all over the world. Afterwards, you can dance the night away on the dance floor.
Beginning: 6:30 p.m.; Admission: €3; How to get there: TU Dresden Hörsaalzentrum (HSZ), Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,8 ‘Nürnberger Platz’ stop or BUS 61 ‘Technische Universität’ stop.

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Saturday, 5 December: Dresdner Stollenfest at Striezelmarkt

At the Stollenfest, Dresden’s bakers and pastry makers celebrate their Dresdner Christstollen® along with hundreds of thousands of guests from all over the world. This has now been the highlight of the Dresden stollen season for 21 years.
Beginning: 9:30 a.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Schlossplatz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop.

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Saturday, 5 December: Mr Irish Bastard – folk band at Scheune

Irishman Mr. Irish Bastard, or that f@@@ing bastard, as he is fondly known to friend and foe alike, writes drink-drenched songs that capture the spirit of the country and the raw energy of his punk roots. It’s rough, it’s dirty and it’s straight from the heart. The boys and girls have released ‘St. Mary’s school of drinking’, ‘Bastard Brotherhood’, ‘A fistful of dirt’ and ‘Never mind the Bastards – here is Mr. Irish Bollocks’. Now be prepared for ‘The world, the flesh and the devil’ , out in May 2015. The band is now going to hit the road, drink, party, be obscene and are going to get into some probably punishable acts! Coming along?
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: € 13; 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, 6 December: TUD Welcome Center Christmas Celebration at Thalia Cinema

Do you fancy yummy food and a good movie? Then come to the Thalia cinema on 6 December! We will organize Stollen, cake and cookies, but feel free to bring some finger food from your home country to share with the others. The bar will be open and be sure about that: they have great coffee! Kids are welcome too, so grab your sweets and sweethearts and come to our cozy Christmas party at Thalia cinema. After all the sugar we will watch the famous winter movie ‘Tři oříšky pro Popelku’ (in English: Three Nuts for Cinderella), which is a Czech version of the famous fairy tale of Cinderella. The film from 1973 has become, much like ‘Dinner for one’, a holiday classic in several European countries, especially in Germany. All Germans just love it, but people from Dresden appreciate it most as it was shot close by. The movie will be shown in Czech language with English subtitles. It took us two years to organize the movie for you, so we proudly present it on 6 December! (There might be a little surprise before the movie, stay curious!)

Optional extension for the afternoon: As this movie was partly filmed on the grounds of Moritzburg castle, we would like to take you there afterwards! There is an exhibition at the castle, showing requisites and background stories of the beloved movie. Tickets for the bus as well as for the exhibition need to be bought on your own expense. The admission for the exhibition is €8 or €4 for students. If you only would like to attend the visit of Moritzburg castle: We will leave for Moritzburg at the bus stop of Dresden Neustadt (in front of the main station). We will take the bus line 356 (direction ‘Moritzburg Markt’) at 4.02 p.m.
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: 1€ culture fee; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

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Monday, 7 December: Christmas Oratorio at Frauenkirche

The choir of the Dresden Frauenkirche is nowadays a well-known act of the Advent Season in Dresden. In its repertoire you will find mostly choral church songs from the 17th and 18th century. They are singing master pieces from Bach, Haydn and Mozart. With the lovely atmosphere of the Dresden Frauenkirche it’s a truly marvellous event in the days before Christmas.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €13-€59; How to get there: Frauenkirche Dresden, Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.

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Tuesday, 8 December: Nathan, the Wise

Nathan the Wise (original German title: Nathan der Weise) is a play published by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing in 1779. It is a fervent plea for religious tolerance. Its performance was forbidden by the church during Lessing’s lifetime; it was first performed in 1783 in Berlin. In 1922 it was adapted into a silent film of the same title. Set in Jerusalem during the Third Crusade, it describes how the wise Jewish merchant Nathan, the enlightened sultan Saladin, and the (initially anonymous) Templar bridge their gaps between Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Its major themes are friendship, tolerance, relativism of God, a rejection of miracles and a need for communication.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: €18 ( be early and get the rest tickets at the box office); How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Theaterstr. 2, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, BUS 94 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

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Wednesday, 9 December: Movie ‘Youth’ in Original Language with subtitles

A retired orchestra conductor is on holiday with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip’s birthday.
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: €7; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.

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Thursday, 10 December: Celtic Christmas by Zoe and John

With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music, compositions and songs, old and new. The husband and wife folk duo possesses a rare facility to draw pieces into their repertoire from other genres such as classical, jazz and world music and express this material in way which not only displays the sheer range and knowledge of both instrumentalists but also exhibits the wonderful versatility of their instruments.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €20; How to get there: Q24 Kleinkunstbühne, Obere Burgstraße 2, 01796 Pirna public transport: S1 direction ‘Pirna Bahnhof’ (goes also back every 30 minutes . last train back: 0:37 a.m.)

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