Before we dive right into our tips, we’ll start with a pointer to our upcoming Chinese Cooking Event, taking place next Friday, 20 February from 5 p.m. We have a talented Chinese “chef” who would like to prepare a Chinese dinner with you. So if you’re interested in Chinese cooking traditions and would like to learn something on Chinese New Year festivities along the way, sign up for this event! The fee is €6 and will need to be paid in advance at the Welcome Center. Friends and family are very welcome, too. If you would like to attend the Chinese cooking event, please register via e-mail to email@example.com. See you there and, until then, have a great week!
Friday, 13 February: Join the Human Chain around the Old Town
Mind the traffic and public transport disruption that will occur today around 6 p.m. if you need to pass through the city center to go anywhere around that time. Needless to say, the best way to avoid disruption due to this important public event is to become a part of it: As announced last week, we will meet at the Welcome Center at 4 p.m. and walk to Neumarkt square to listen to the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Mayor of Dresden and the Federal President of Germany speaking before joining the Human Chain around the old town, which will be linked together at 6 p.m. Come out and join us!
Friday, 13 February: The Forsythe Company: Yes We Can’t
‘Yes we can’t’ is a work by William Forsythe and the dancers of The Forsythe Company. The spectacle of struggle for exceptional performance is always haunted by the thrilling spectre of failure. Reflecting the resolve voiced by writer Samuel Beckett to ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better’ the deliberate staging of mishap in ‘Yes we can’t’ ironically effaces the patina of excellence in performance, laying bare its inhering unsustainability and constant imperfection. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €19/€10 (reduced), How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
Saturday, 14 February: Italian Night – Arias and Intermezzi of Italian Operas
At this concert you can listen to well-known aria gems from famous Italian composers as Verdi and Puccini. The concert is presented by the Dresden Residence Orchestra, in which you can find some of the best musicians in town. You will dive into the world of Italian opera and experience a very fine-sounding afternoon in the elegance of the beautiful rooms of Dresden Zwinger. Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: €38; How to get there: Zwinger Dresden, Sophienstraße, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop; TRAM 1,2,4,8,9,11,12 and BUS 94 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
Sunday, 15 February: Concert to mark the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year celebrations according to the traditional lunisolar calendar are just around the corner! If you would like to celebrate with others, the Chinese-German Center Dresden has organised a concert for the Chinese New Year, under the patronage of the TU Dresden’s rector and supported by various Dresden institutions. All are welcome! Your registration of attendance is appreciated via firstname.lastname@example.org. Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: €10/€5 (reduced); How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ or TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Sunday, 15 February: Exhibition Dahl and Friedrich – Romantic Landscapes
Caspar David Friedrich (1774–1840) and Johan Christian Dahl (1788–1857) are regarded as the leading figures of Nordic landscape painting in the Romantic era. The city of Dresden provided these two great innovators with a stimulating environment where their art could develop and flourish. Here, in their adopted homeland, they shared a house for almost 20 years, passing on their pioneering artistic approach to a generation of younger artists. The exhibition presents both paintings and works on paper. Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: €10/ €7.50 (reduced); How to get there: Albertinum, Georg-Treu-Platz 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,3,4,7,12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.
Monday, 16 February: Film: Wild – Original version in English with German subtitles
Wild is a 2014 American biographical drama film directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, written by famous author of novels Nick Hornby, and based on Cheryl Strayed’s 2012 memoir “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail”. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as Strayed, alongside Laura Dern (as Strayed’s mother), both of which have received Academy Award nominations for their outstanding performances. If a celebrated writer and much-acclaimed actresses are not enough to draw you out, then come for the breath-taking beauty of the Pacific Crest Trail and follow Cheryl Strayed, as she decides to walk more than 1,000 miles – alone – to heal from her turbulent past. This is a must-see for anyone who has ever ventured on a long-distance hike and for all those who think them crazy for even trying. Beginning: 5.30 p.m.; Admission €5; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 17 February: Three Ladies and a Gentleman – Concert night at the Palais
The historic building of the Palais im Großen Garten (Grand Garden Palace) is one of the first baroque castles in Saxony. Destroyed in 1945, it was rebuilt with special regard to historic construction plans. It is still undergoing restoration and will hopefully become one of Dresden’s places to be when finished. The concert will take place in the concert hall and is part of the series “Offenes Palais”, which has existed and successfully made the palace accessible to the public as a venue for special concerts and performances since 2000. The concert will be starringBettina Reinke-Welsh, Marina Scharnberg and Sybille Neumüller on vocals and Graham Welsh at the keyboard. Beginning: 7 p.m. Admission: €12.50/ €5 (reduced); How to get there: Palais im Großen Garten, Hauptallee 8, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 1,2 ‘Comeniusplatz’ stop, TRAM 9,13 or BUS 75 ‘Querallee’ stop, TRAM 10,13 ‘Großer Garten’ stop.
Wednesday, 18 February: Angelina & JC Grimshaw at the Blue Note
J.C. (John-Claude) Grimshaw is a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, who plays guitars, harmonica, mandolins and Hawaiian lap guitar with a deep-rooted passion. Over the years J.C. has worked with many established artists ranging from Midge Ure in the pop world, to Bob Brozman in the sphere of acoustic blues. He has played worldwide in venues ranging from huge stadiums to small folk clubs and art centres. J.C. and his sister, Angelina have perfomed together as a successful duo act ever since, playing acoustic instruments and delivering a high energy, original show. Beginning: 9 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: Blue Note, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden, TRAM 13 ’Görlitzer Straße‘ stop.
Thursday, 19 February: Reason for flight: Capitalism – Reading and Talk with Mouctar Bah
More than 20,000 people have died at the borders of the European Union between 1988 and 2014. The EU countries including Germany have defined so-called “legitimate” reasons for flight to prevent easy legal entry to the global North. But many refugees do not come for religious or accepted political reasons, as summarized in the statement “We are here because you destroy our countries”. Economic reasons are an important – but currently not a “legitimate” – reason for flight, thereby denying the genuinely political nature of the local and global economy. Activist Mouctar Bah of the Oury-Jalloh-Initiative Dessau will talk about protests of refugees in Germany fighting against systematic oppression and exploitation in their home countries and here. Beginning: 8 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: Conni e.V., Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße 39, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Stauffenbergallee‘ stop.