Friday, 1 August: Jonas Brinckmann Band
Sit back and enjoy the young and talented saxophonist Jonas Brinckmann playing with his band! This is your chance to listen to some smooth, poetic music in one of Dresden’s notable jazz bars. Beginning: 9 p.m. Admission: free – but when the band finishes their performance, please put some money in the hat (or bag) going around. How to get there: Blue Note, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße (Nordbad)’ stop.
Friday, 1 August: Ballet Revolución
See a breathtaking and explosive show, presented by the internationally well-known Cuban dancers and feel their atomizing energy and joy of life. With its traditional architecture, the Semperoper provides a beautiful frame for, as well as a really nice contrast to, this modern show. Beginning: 8 p.m. Admission: from 74€ up. How to get there: TRAM 4, 8, 9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop in front of the Semperoper Dresden.
Saturday, 2 August: You are the art!
The exhibition “Du bist die Kunst” (You are the art) has arrived in Meißen! Fascinating 3D illusions designed by Chinese artists unfold themselves when creative visitors begin to play with their installations and paintings. It is a real fun activity for the whole family! Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Admission: 7.50€. How to get there: Take the S-Bahn (S1) to ‘Meißen Altstadt’, then follow the signs to Schloß Albrechtsburg.
Saturday, 2 August: Mystic Midsummer Night – for families only!
The theme park “Plohn” is aimed at children and their parents. The attractions are specially geared towards their small visitors and promise a lot of fun! On Saturday, the park celebrates a Midsummer night, including a colorful program with clowns, puppet theatre, laser show, torch parade, … Beginning: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Admission: 24€/ children under 5 years: free! How to get there: Take the VOGTLANDBAHN 1 to Lengenfeld Bahnhof, then enter the regional bus (Regionalbus) line V-66, V-88 or the “Freizeitbuslinie VOGTLAND 8879”, stop “Plohn, Märchenpark”.
Monday, 4 August: Philipp Adam & Samuel Gottlebe – Guitar Night at the Japanese Palace
Two young musicians, Philipp Adam (15 years) and Philipp Gottlebe (12 years), both of them students of the Saxon Federal School of Music “Carl Maria von Weber”, successfully took part in this year’s national youth music competition. They swayed the jury with their brilliant performance and won first prize in the Guitar/Pop category! Beginning: 8 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden, TRAM 4, 9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.
Tuesday, 5 August: Flowing Tide – Irish handmade music
The surrealistic bar Stilbruch offers a special delight for a delightful after-work evening. Typically Irish, the music invites the audience to participate and dance or to simply listen and dream away towards the Emerald Isle. Spend a nice evening with friends and escape from your daily routine on turbulent reels and dreamlike slow airs. Beginning: 8:30 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: Stilbruch, Böhmische Straße 30, 01099 Dresden, TRAM line 13 stop ‘Görlitzer Straße’
Wednesday, 6 August: music-painting-performance at Palaissommer festival
As the weather is so nice, we should spend more time outside. The music and painting performance in the gardens of the Japanese Palace builds the perfect atmosphere to relax from your day and simply enjoy the beautiful panorama of Dresden’s historic city center by the Elbe river. On and around the stage, pictures will be painted by artists who are inspired by live music. Beginning: 9 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden, TRAM line 4, 9 stop ‘Palaisplatz’.
Thursday, 7 August: Hugo Erfurth’s Photographic Diary 1897-1932
Hugo Erfurth was one of the most important portrait photographers of the first half of the 20th century. Besides, he became famous for his contemporary pictures of artists, politicians and intellectuals of the Weimar period. From 1896 till1934, Erfurth chose Dresden as his place of work. The exhibition offers pieces so far unknown from a private collection, which offer the visitors an authentic view into the everyday life of the German society in the 1920s. Opening hours: Tuesday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sat/Sun: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Admission: 5€, How to get there: Technische Sammlungen Dresden, Junghansstraße 1 – 3, 01277 Dresden, TRAM line 4, 10 stop ‘Pohlandplatz’.