Friday, 10 August: Discussion on Urban Art and Silent Disco
If you are passionate about urban art, then by now you may already have noticed just how monotone and stagnated Saxon urban art has become. It takes only a critical look to realize how urban art in our state has long stagnated in its content, technical, as well as qualitatively. For decades now, the same techniques have been used, with artists preferring technically perfect works to experimental, rough works. Outlines and fillings are spray painted while large backgrounds are filled with façade paint. The result of this same technique in various murals is that one may notice the same works repeated in different colour gradients, something which could have been realized by a façade printer. How did this develope and how can we find a way out of it? Why should street artists paint walls themselves, if a facade printer can take care of the job? What does the future of urban art look like in times of digitalization and increasing robotics? These and other questions will be handled in the Scheune’s discussion even this Friday, “Perform the Urban Art”. After the discussion, at 10 p.m., everyone is welcome to participate in a silent disco on the square in front of the Scheune. Smack in the middle of the noisy Neustadt, you may enjoy the evening with your friends with music delivered directly to your ear through headphones with three different channels, each one playing what one of the three DJs will be playing live.
Beginning: 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.), Silent Disco at 10 p.m.; Admission: Free; 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.
More information (Discussion): https://www.facebook.com/events/426582927817883/
More information (Silent Disco): https://www.facebook.com/events/244604386130297/
Saturday, 11 August: Tea Tasting
Tea requires no introduction, as the second most consumed beverage in the world after water, it is known and enjoyed by nearly every culture around the world in one form or another. Tea consumption comes with a vast amount of benefits, as it contains substances which help in stress reduction and focus as well as numerous antioxidants to fight off free radicals. Traditionally, the world’s best teas come from China, although many high quality teas also come from other countries such as Japan, India, Sri Lanka and even Kenya. What makes tea so incredibly interesting is the amount of different flavours which may be achieved by the use of one single plant, the near-magical Camellia sinensis. All true tea, not including herbal or fruit infusions, comes from this one plant, be it white tea, black tea, or even oolong tea, the main difference in taste comes from the use of different strains of the same plant as well as how it was processed after harvest. To learn more about this incredible beverage, be sure to visit Teelicious’s weekly tea tasting which always takes place on Saturdays. There, you will get the chance to taste some of the store’s high quality teas. Ideallly both tea lovers and those who are still unsure of what kind of tea they like the best. Come by and if you have already been to a tasting before and bring a friend with you, then you get to participate free of charge.
Beginning: 3 p.m. ; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: Teelicious, Bautzner Str. 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop or TRAM 13 ‘Bautzner Straße/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2044868785828189/
Sunday, 12 August: Free Entry to the Saxon Folk Art Museum
Every Sunday, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) opens the doors of one of its museums entirely free of charge for all visitors at 3 p.m. In a rotating schedule, this gives the chance for residents and tourists alike to explore the city’s wonderful art collections and rich historical heritage. This week, the SKD welcomes all guests into the Saxon Folk Art museum, providing an interactive journey into the world of our state’s folk art. Enchanting carved objects from the Ore Mountains and embroidered woven textiles from Lusatia, lavish Sorb costumes and intricate lace from the Vogtland region, painted furniture, richly decorated ceramics and an unusually diverse collection of historic toys. Whatever their age, anyone who would like to explore the rich heritage of Saxon folk art, will find a unique exhibition here. As the only “do-it-yourself” museum in Germany, here you will get the chance to truly come in contact with Saxon handicrafts. The museum also has an exhibition on puppets, definitely worth it both for the grown up as well as the smaller guests. Located in one of the city’s lesser known historical buildings, a visit to the museum is already worth it just to get to know this 400-year-old structure which used to serve as a hunting lodge on the Neustadt-side of the Elbe for the former electors of Saxony.
Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, Köpckestraße 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Carolaplatz’ stop.
More information: https://volkskunst.skd.museum/en/
Monday, 13 August: 2nd International Porcelain Biennial
Meissen Albrechtsburg Castle – in its time itself a place of innovative architectural art – has ever since been a trendsetter. When, after the invention of European porcelain, the first European porcelain manufactory was set up there, the most progressive and sought-after décors and shapes were created. The International Porcelain Biennial continues this tradition and presents contemporary trends in international porcelain design at the authentic location. A truly royal material, that has fascinated and inspired all Europe for more than three hundred years. Up to this day, a look into the Altstadt’s porcelain shop windows is enough to see just how highly value the Meissen porcelain is up to this day. Allow to be enchanted and discover the possibilities porcelain opens up to the creative mind. Renowned national and international artists present their modern and contemporary creations and show that porcelain is more than just the coffee cup with a gold rim. The Biennial itself has just begun and will continue until November 4th, so if you cannot make it this week, be sure to plan a visit sometime in the upcoming weeks into the magical world of porcelain. (Text adapted from the event’s website)
Opening Times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: 4 EUR Regular, 3,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Albrechtsburg, Domplatz 1, 01662 Meißen; S-BAHN S1 to ‘Meißen Altstadt’ stop, then walk up to the castle or take BUS E towards Meißen Porzellan-Manufaktur to ‘Albrechtsburg/Dom’ stop.
More information: https://www.schloesserland-sachsen.de/en/events-exhibitions/detail-page/event/2nd-international-porcelain-biennial/10561/
Tuesday, 14 August: Public Rehearsal at the Lutheran Church in Moritzburg
The Moritzburg Festival has established itself as one of the main events every year in the region surrounding Dresden, attracting the attention of people from around Germany. As take from the event’s website: “A lively spirit of innovation, musical vitality and fascinating performance venues contribute to the unique atmosphere of the Moritzburg Festival. Founded in 1993 by Kai Vogler, Peter Bruns and Jan Vogler, whose inspiration was the famous “Marlboro Festival” in the USA, the Moritzburg Festival considers itself a laboratory for musical experimentation while also offering a home to excellence. Under the artistic directorship of the world-renowned cellist and Echo Award winner Jan Vogler, it has established itself as one of the world’s leading chamber music festivals.” With tickets already having gone on sale back in April, it is no wonder that getting tickets for any one of the concerts and events may be rather difficult, with many of the events on the schedule having already sold out. However, a few concerts sell tickets at the box office only, which means that if you arrive early enough to get yourself a ticket, you will also have the chance to enjoy world class music in the beautiful city of Mortizburg. This Tuesday, there will be a public rehearsal in the Lutheran Church in preparation for the upcoming concerts inside the church. Although the programme will only be announced in the evening, if you enjoy good chamber music and have a few extra hours, head up to Moritzburg, even if you do not manage to get a ticket, a visit to this fairy tale city is always worth the effort.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Lutheran Church, Schlossallee 38, 01468 Moritzburg; BUS 326 (From Bahnhof Neustadt, journey takes 23 mins) ‘Waldstraße/Bahnhof” stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.moritzburgfestival.de/en/programme.html
Wednesday, 15 August: Regular’s Table with Maike and Claudia
The Welcome Center’s Regular’s Table is an event which has become engraved into our institution’s calendar. With each meeting, the number of participants slowly grows, as more people join together for a relaxed evening of simply chatting and enjoying a few drinks. This month, join Maike and Claudia at the palace summer behind Dresden’s Japanese Palace for a regular’s table without any tables or chairs. There is no fixed schedule or plan for what topics will be discussed as this is an opportunity for all of those who are interested to come together and chat about any free topic. In the background, the group will also enjoy a wonderful concert by American singer Courtney Marie Andrews. Andrews, with a musical style deeply influenced by West Coast Sound and Country Rock from the 70s. In the past few years, she has raised to fame both in the United States as well as abroad, attracting the attention of former Bob Dylan, U2, and R.E.M producer Mark Howard. Feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks as we will meet in a picnic setting, however, if you happen to find yourself hungry without any snacks, do not worry as food and drinks are available for purchase at the spot. The meeting spot prior to the concert will be at the Glockenspiel, the bell pavilion next to the gardens of the Japanese Palace.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m. ; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Garden behind the Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop or TRAM 4, 6, 9, 11 ‘Anton-/Leipziger Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/246046179332624/
Thursday, 16 August: Elvis Presley – The ’68 Comeback Special
In 1968, Elvis Presley made a legendary television special, which later became known as the “68 Comeback Special”, as it came at a time when Elvis had been appearing in movies rather than recording music or performing live. Following a pause of over seven years, the king of rock finally reappeared on stage, with the concert opening with footage of him dressed in a slick, black leather jumpsuit, curling his lips the way his fans remembered. The concert also included a loose ‘sit-down’ where he played his early hits alongside members from his backing band in the Fifties. After the concert was broadcast, it kickstarted a new Elvis-euphoria in the United States, helping to establish his status as one of the main icons of 20th century American history. The screening on Thursday will include the full original concert in addition to a new introduction as well as studio tour by the special’s director and producer Steve Binder. The concert’s re-release in movie theatres worldwide marks the 50 year anniversary of Elvis’s legendary comeback and might just bring back a bit of Elvis Mania into the 21st century.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 12 EUR; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.