Tips for the upcoming week
(5 – 11 December 2014)

Photo: Luciano M.
Photo: Luciano M.

Friday, 5 December: International X-Mas Party at TU Dresden

The annual ‘International Christmas Party’ organized by the International and Cultural Offices of TU Dresden beats almost every other event today with this years’ program. Be it food from all over the world, Balkan beats, comedian/cabaret singer Annamateur or the pantomime show by “Die Bewegten” or the bazaar of international goodies – sneak a peek and enjoy your evening! Beginning: 6.30 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: TU Dresden, Hörsaalzentrum (HSZ), Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,8 ‘Nürnberger Platz’ stop or BUS 61,66 ‘Technische Universität (Fritz-Förster-Platz)’ stop.

Saturday, 6 December: Save the last dance at L’Hibou

In the basement of Bahnhof Neustadt train station you can find the club L’Hibou (French for ‘The Owl’), where indie music was worshipped and the bands played most likely start with the article “the”. Unfortunately they have to close and therefore a last big party takes place today. Join a last dance in the pogo pit with guest musicians from Berlin. Beginning: 10 p.m.; Admission: “student friendly”; How to get there: L’Hibou (entrance to the left of the left main entrance), Schlesischer Platz 1, 01097 Dresden; Tram 3,6,11 ‘Bahnhof Neustadt’ stop.

Sunday, 7 December: Cinema Brunch at Thalia Cinema

Don’t forget our Cinema Brunch! We will provide cake, cookies and a movie (in English). All you need to bring is yourself and, if you like, some friends and family. Oh, and a little pocket money for something to drink! See you there! Beginning: 11.30 a.m. (film starts at 1 p.m.); Admission: 1 € per adult (kids get in for free); How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße (Nordbad)’ stop.
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Sunday, 7 December: Logical Rain – an exhibition showing long-lost dye stencils for printing Kimonos

Long-lost Japanese craftsmanship has been rediscovered in the storage depot of the Museum of Decorative Arts (Kunstgewerbemuseum) at Schloss Pillnitz. 15,000 katagami (dye stencils for textile printing) lay forgotten for 125 years and now the (re)discovery is presented to the public for the very first time. Due to sheer complexity of the process and the skill and amount of work required, the technique and patterns have become almost extinct in industrial textile printing. But graffiti and street artists, like the infamous Banksy, have breathed new life into this technique, as it helps create strikingly complex designs once again, and has renewed interest in discovering its fascinating history.. In case the exhibition’s title caught your eye and now has you wondering: The subject of rain, an important element of Japanese culture (and hence, of kimono printing), is the theme that connects the 140 stencils and kimonos chosen for exhibition and the specially created sound installation of randomized computer modulations of the sound of falling rain.  A tip for geeks, art and nature lovers alike! Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Admission: free, How to get there: Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.

Monday, 8 December: The Ten Tenors

The ten Australians present traditional and international Christmas songs, but also less well-known music from Australia, bridging the gap between Classical, Jazz and Pop music. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: from 52 €; How to get there: Himmelfahrtskirche, Altleuben 13, 01257 Dresden; TRAM 2,6 ’Altleuben’ stop. (for tickets)

Tuesday, 9 December: Flowing Tide – Irish Traditional Music at Stilbruch

Seven Dresden musicians enjoy traditional Irish music so much that they have decided to form a band and come together at an Irish pub to make music with their Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Banjo, Bodhrán, guitar and mandolin. Sounds best if accompanied by an ice-cold Guinness or Cider. Beginning: 8.30 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Stilbruch, Böhmische Straße 30, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Wednesday, 10 December: International Christmas experiences – Workshop

The international setting at TU Dresden offers the perfect atmosphere to share the specifics and the history of holiday traditions in your country. To spice up the discussion, we’ll be offering some traditional German Christmas punch and biscuits. Feel free to bring your partner and children. Organized by the International Office of the Department of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.  When: 5 to7 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: TU Dresden, Willersbau (WIL), room 207C, Zellescher Weg 12-14, 01069 Dresden; BUS 61,66 ‘Technische Universität (Fritz-Förster-Platz)’ stop.
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Thursday, 11 December: Family tip: Christmas Exhibition of Historical Dollhouses at the City Museum of Dresden

Dresden is full of history that you can learn about at the Stadtmuseum Dresden, be it the rise and fast growth in the early days of Dresden, how it became the capital of Saxony or the destruction of Dresden during the Second World War. But what makes this beautiful yellow Baroque ‘Landhaus’ building, sitting prominently on the corner of Pirnaischer Platz (which is home to the City Museum), such a popular place with families at Christmas time? Every year at Christmas time, the City Museum traditionally “decks the halls” with boughs of fir and Christmas decorations – and hosts a special Christmas-themed exhibition. This year, it’s an amazing collection of historical dollhouses and toy shops from two centuries, brought in from Dresden’s twin city Hamburg. Since Christmas time is also a time when we remember our own childhood (and possibly, dollhouses) and get to look at the world through children’s eyes once again, this is a magical place to go in the season, for adults and children alike. (Save the date: On Saturday, 13 December, at 1.30 p.m. regional choirs present a concert of Christmas carols in the stairwell of the museum – admission is free!)
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., closed on Mondays; Admission: 5€/4€ (reduced), family ticket 12 €; How to get there: Stadtmuseum Dresden, Wilsdruffer Straße 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,3,4,7,12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.

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