Thursday, 1 February: Rob Tognoni (Concert)
Known as the Tasmanian Devil due to his powerfully charged performances and his origins in Tasmania, Australia, Rob Tognoni was firt introduced to Europe by blues master Dave Hole in 1994. After 40 years, his explosive guitar playing and unique songs are now being compared with the greats of his genre and have firmly established him in the European venues and festivals as well as attracting many fans of hard rock blues worldwide. At the 2017 Sweden Rock Festival he was described as a blues showman with superstar attributes. If you are a fan of hard rock blues this is an event that you definitely cannot miss, the organizers claim that even Jimi Hendrix, Rory Gallagher and Stevie Ray Vaughan would definitely come by to watch if they were still alive!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Jam Bar by S.K.Y Dresden, Kleine Brüdergasse 3, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information: http://www.robtog.com/index.htm
Friday, 2 February: Bandstand (Indoor Music Festival)
It’s still way too cold for the music festival season to begin, but for those who cannot wait for the next opportunity to dance away the winter, Hellerau is organizing an indoor music festival this weekend on Friday and Saturday! This is the city’s largest indoor music festival, here everyone is welcome, as the festival will showcase bands from all across the musical spectrum. Be sure to check out the line-up, available on the Facebook event linked below. Depending on your arrival time you may be greeted with either Punk music or a very different Blues. Other musical genres include indie, progressive, jazz, pop, and many others. Make sure to buy your tickets online in advance, as they are more expensive when bought at the door!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 13 EUR; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/323456794800796/
Saturday, 3 February: Elbland Philharmonic Concert
Saturday is always a great day to go out on a day trip and discover somewhere new. Although it may seem as though winter will never come to an end, this Saturday the sun will finally stay with us until 5 pm for the first time this year, so why not use the opportunity to get to know a bit of the small towns around the Dresden and Meißen region? This weekend, the Elbland Philarmonic will perform a concert in the Großenhain cultural center, inside the town’s castle. For those with a student card, the ride by train is free, for those not registered as a student, the ride only costs 6,20 EUR. Before the concert, be sure to check out the cute town center with its churches, the city hall, as well as the castle, where the concert will take place. On the way to Großenhain, you may also choose to make a short stop at Weinböhla, a relaxed village on the outskirts of Dresden known for its wine production and with a picturesque medieval town center.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Prices starting at 17 EUR; How to get there: Kulturschloss, Schlossplatz 1, 01558 Großenhain; TRAIN RE 15 towards Hoyerswerda ‘Großenhain Cottbuser Bahnhof’ stop, from there it is a 10 minutes walk.
More information and tickets: http://www.elbland-philharmonie-sachsen.de/konzerte/philharmonische-konzerte/item/1420-zum-gedenken
Sunday, 4 February: 11 HandmaDDe Market
From fashion to furniture, from stationery to toys, this weekend an array of different products will be presented at Dresden’s 11th HandmaDDe Market. As the name suggests, all products are handcrafted, ensuring a high quality and a uniqueness to the items. This is also a great event for those who enjoy making handcrafted items themselves, whether it be to take note of new ideas for the future or perhaps to establish new contacts with the exhibitors. For the small guests, a flower workshop, a painting and coloring area as well as a face painting corner will definitely keep them very well entertained! If hunger strikes, the market will also have food stands to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable afternoon. If you would like to already plan your visit in advance, be sure to check out the website linked below, where a list of the exhibitors may be found (in German only).
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: 4 EUR; How to get there: Alter Schlachthof, Gothaer Straße 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4, 9 ‘Alter Schlachthof’ stop.
More information: http://handmademarkt.de/aussteller/
Monday, 5 February: auf Besuch (Art Exhibition)
According to Wikipedia’s definition, visual arts education is the area of learning that is based upon only the kind of art that one can see, visual arts and design. Art education may focus on students creating art, on learning to criticize or appreciate art, or a combination of the two. A great opportunity to find out what exactly is going on at the TU Dresden visual arts education department begins this Monday, with the exhibition of this year’s graduating students, all of whom will soon become art teachers. This year, the exhibition will present the works of 17 students, featuring various themes all presented on an array of different mediums. Expect not only paintings on the wall but also works hanging from the ceiling, or even sound or photography art, leading to self reflexion or just an appreciation of aesthetics. If you cannot make it this week, you may come by any day until March 2. Opening times are daily, except for Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m..
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: ALTANA Galerie, Helmholtzstraße 9, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3 ‘Münchner Platz’ stop or BUS 85 ‘Helmholtzstraße’ stop.
Tuesday, 6 February: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Winner of a number of different film awards, including the Toronto Film Festival’s “People’s Choice Award” as well as the awards for “Best Motion Picture – Drama”, “Best Supporting Actor” as well as “Best Screenplay” at the 75 Golden Globe Awards, this 2017 release has now finally reached German movie theaters. It follows the story of Mildred Hayes, a mother who decides to challenge the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder after months have passed without a culprit in the case. She makes a bold move, renting and painting three billboards leading into her town with a controversial message directed to the town’s revered police officer. Having received a widely positive response, you definitely do not want to miss this movie which has been named as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute!
Beginning: 9:15 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 7 February: Dresdner Orgelzyklus
If you’ve been in Dresden for longer than a few weeks, than you’ve probably already noticed how important the Frauenkirche is for the city’s history. The city’s skyline is only truly complete with this masterpiece of baroque architechture, featuring one of the largest domes in Europe. If you’ve already had the chance to visit the interior of this church, then you are already familiar with the beautifully decorated and imposing pipe organ featured behind the altar. If you would like to hear the heartwarming music produced by this magnificent instrument, then this Wednesday you have the chance to do so as the Frauenkirche will be open to all for a concert by the British organist Daniel Clark. Clark studied on a music scholarship at Cambridge University and also did part of his studies at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York. Now, he is the second organist at the Marienkirche in Berlin and also works as a substitute organist for the Berliner Dom. Since 2006, he has also regularly played in the Dresden Frauenkirche, as part of the monthly Anglican services.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR; How to get there: Frauenkirche Dresden, Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4 ‘Altmarkt‘ stop.
More information and tickets: http://www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/kalender/detail/event/20441/