Tips for the Upcoming Week
6 April – 12 April 2018

Dresden at dusk (photo: L. Mendes)

Friday, 6 April: Zeitsprünge X (Exhibition)

Until 29 April, a different yet quite interesting exposition will be on show at the palace in Dresden’s Großer Garten. The students coursing the 7th semester at the city’s renowned art school, the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, will be presenting the results of this year’s main costume design student project. The students were given the task to intererpret and design a historical outfit based either on a model or their own drafts. The outcome includes traditional clothing spanning from the 16th up to the early 20th century including the dresses of Queen Louise of Prussia (1776-1810) or that of Queen Elizabeth I of England (1533-1603). The exposition is not only confined to royal clothing and dresses, but also showcases the recreations of other historical outfits, such as those used by the first female mountain-climber, Beatrice Tomasson (1859-1947). Moreover, visitors have the chance to take a look at other student projects developed throughout the year by the costume-design students, such as the results of this year’s “science-fiction project”, including the suit of Marvel’s Destroyer, popularized by the 2011 film Thor. Along with the costumes themselves, pictures will give visitors the chance to peek behind the scenes to better understand the conceptualization and production process for such pieces of clothing.

Opening hours: Wed.-Fri.: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., Sat.-Sun.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Palais im Großer Garten, Hauptallee 5, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 10, 13 ‘Georg-Arnhold-Bad’ stop or TRAM 9 ‘Querallee’ stop or TRAM 1, 2 ‘Comeniusplatz’ stop.
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Friday, 6 April: Improvising and Acting Workshop

With the summer semester just about to start, the School of Science happy to continue our event series “Living together” offering regular cultural events for everyone. To start with, an improvising and acting workshop with three different creative theatre games in a relaxed and fun atmosphere is open to everyone. With Laura, our trainer, and different people from all over the world, you will certainly recover from the stress of the working week and maybe discover your hidden acting talents. Some of you might know Laura as she just recently did a guided tour for us – she is awesome! Everyone is welcome. No previous experience needed.

Please register via e-mail to
When: Friday, 6 April, 5.30 p.m. -7.00 p.m.
Where: Willers-Bau Room C 207

Saturday, 7 April: NotReally Bluesband

Originally a school band, “NotReally” was founded in 2013 by three Berliner boys passionate about blues and Rock ’n’ Roll. Although the band split up in 2014, fate had it that they’d come back together in the summer of the following year, now the “NotReally Bluesband” with a new band member on the bass. The group came together with one common goal: to play until the members of the current generation rediscover their love for live music and the spirit of Rock ‘n’ Roll! The band strongly believes that rock lives on and cannot be left behind in the timespan from the 50s to the 80s, what made our parents shake out of their chairs still has the power to do so with new generations. In 2017, they finally fulfilled their dream of making their first club tour through Germany, touring the country for four weeks and exciting fans of Rock ‘n’ Roll from Hamburg to Munich. This year they are back for a second tour and will make it to Dresden on Saturday, ready to rock our city!

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Evergreen Pub Dresden, Görlitzer Str. 35, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.

Sunday, 8 April: 10th Steam Engine Festival

Modern train travel is generally comfortable, fast, and environmentally-friendly, due to the widespread use of electric propulsion. However, for over half a century, the world of railway transport was dominated by steam locomotives, true coal-powered giants on tracks. Slowly, virtually all steam locomotives were phased out of use, but they managed to retain a somewhat magical flare and watching some of the largest ever produced locomotives in action surely is to this day an impressive sight. This weekend, visitors will have the chance to witness a number of these retired machines roll out of Dresden’s railway museum for the annual steam engine festival, a meeting ground for locomotives which once were the driving power of the European railway network. Vintage trains from around Germany as well as neighboring countries are on their way to Dresden for this event which will begin on Friday and continue on until Sunday evening. For those wishing to go for a full experience, a number of excursions will be offered, with trips leaving Dresden’s main station towards Berlin or Freiberg and back, just be sure to arrive on time as only two wagons for each trains are reserved for on-the-spot sales. Without a doubt, this event is a true journey into the past!

Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: 15 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced, Additional costs for excursions listed below; How to get there: Eisenbahnmuseum, Zwickauer Str. 86, 01187 Dresden; BUS 61 ‘Zwickauer Str.’ stop.
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Monday, 9 April: Café Lingua

With the start of the new semester, Café Lingua is back! At this weekly language café, you have the chance to not only practice a new language but also to make great new friends. Each week, three different languages are featured, this week these are Czech, Spanish, and Japanese, however, if you happen to be learning another language and are able to find someone who can and wishes to speak it, you are free to do so. Naturally, you can always find interesting conversations in English as well as German. The format is simple, the group always meets up in front of the Vodafone shop at the Albertplatz and then walk together to a bar or pub in the Neustadt where everyone has the chance to get to know each other and engage in conversation. A few activities are also part of the program, so as to give insight into the week’s featured languages. If you are not able to make it to the Albertplatz by 8 p.m., you may also go directly to the bar, the address is listed below.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: BBC – Bla Bla Café, Louisenstr. 24, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstr.’ stop or TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str.’ stop.

Tuesday, 10 April: Bookclub – The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle

The terranauts live in a bubble, closed off and, as Boyle puts it, in “relations under glass”. Based on an experiment in the Arizona desert, where several different artificial biomes were sealed under three-eighths of an inch of armoured glass, this investigation into self-sufficiency becomes a study of human nature at its worse. Ecosphere 2 is an experiment in “closed system” living: a test for a Mars habitat, an “ark to save humanity” from the coming ecological disaster. Soon, the terranauts are hungry enough to use peanuts as currency, hungry enough to eat the shells, but that’s the least of their problems. Learn more about this odd environment described in T.C. Boyle’s novel The Terranauts at England, England’s bookclub no. 59, beginning this Tuesday. You may join the bookclub at any time and there is no need to registrate in advance. This is a great opportunity to make connections with other English speakers in Dresden in a location dedicated for the city’s Anglophiles. The café not only offers a regular book club but also invites its visitors to indulge in homemade cakes and savories and of course, enjoy a good cuppa tea. The Terranauts may be purchased at the shop with a 10% discount, so there are no excuses not to take part!

Beginning: 8:15 p.m..; Admission: Free; How to get there: England, England, Martin-Luther-Str. 25, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Str./Rothenburger Str.’ stop.
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Tuesday, 10 April: The PhD Movie – Piled Higher and Deeper

Invite your friends and family and all people who do not believe that being a PhD is eating you up :) Check out the trailer, it tells you everything!
Beginning: 8 p.m.
Where: Unikino am Klinikum – MTZ Universität Dresden, Fiedlerstraße 42, 01307 Dresden
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Wednesday, 11 April: The Florida Project

Winner of the Hamburg Critic award and packing an Oscar nomination for Willem Dafoe’s performance as a supporting actor, The Florida Project has finally made it to Germany! A deeply moving movie by Sean Baker, it gives an unforgettably poignant look at childhood. Set on a stretch of highway just outside the utopian Walt Disney World, it follows the six-year-old Moone and her rebellious mother Halley over the course of a single summer. The two live at a budget hotel managed by Bobby, whose stern exterior hides his true kindness and compassion. Despite her harsh surroundings, the precocious and ebullient Moonee has no trouble making each day a celebration of life, her endless afternoons overflowing with mischief and grand adventure as she and her ragtag playmates—including Jancey, a new arrival to the area who quickly becomes Moon’s best friend—fearlessly explore the utterly unique world into which they’ve been thrown. Unbeknownst to Moonee, however, her delicate fantasy is supported by the toil and sacrifice of Halley, who is forced to explore increasingly dangerous possibilities in order to provide for her daughter.

Beginning: 9:30 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
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Thursday, 12 April: Trio Schmetterling

With an alternative, psychedelic style of music somewhat reminiscent of Pink Floyd, “Trio Schmetterling” describe their own music to be round as a globe and colorful as a butterfly. The common tones for modern music such as jazz, pop and ambient are not exactly what could describe the band’s music, rather, the instruments used may be similar to those used in jazz while at the same time the melodies are closer to those used in good pop songs. Songs begin simple and slowlz grow in detail and richness, just as an entire field grows from a single flower. Check out the link below for a sample of their music, as it is in fact quite difficult to describe using words and existing musical genres. “Trio Schmetterling” is unique in its own colorful and well-rounded style, an experience of its own which most certainly is best witnessed live. This concert might remind you of the odd tones of psychedelic music or might as well give you a new perspective into how rich the world of music can be with creative artists who dare create pieces which escape the general norm.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 17,50 EUR Regular, 13,10 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Die Tonne im Kurländer Palais, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
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