Friday, 14 August – Sunday, 16 August 2015: CANALETTO – Dresden City Festival
The Dresden City Festival 2015 will be exciting! According to its slogan, “Stunningly different”, over 550,000 visitors will celebrate the largest annual city festival in Germany for a whole summer weekend in 13 festival zones and in front of 7 stages in glorious Baroque scenery. The city festival will attract visitors with its multifaceted program of music, shows, catering, arts and crafts, family events, sports and highlights of exceptional nature. Traditionally, the Steamboat Festival, the Open House event ‘Transparent Government Quarters’ and the Open House event of the rooftop terrace on ‘Haus der Presse’ (Ostraallee near Marienbrücke) happen that very same weekend. Check out the programme! Festival hours: Friday, 6 p.m. – 2 a.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Dresden Inner City, various tram stops e.g. ‘Pirnaischer Platz’, ‘Altmarkt’, ‘Postplatz’. Please note that there is an alternative schedule for the trams during the weekend. The ‘Augustusbrücke’ bridge will be closed for trams and motorized vehicles. Note that a number of other roads and squares in the festival area will be closed for traffic or have speed restrictions in place.
www.dresdner-stadtfest.com/en (general information in English)
www.dresdner-stadtfest.com/programm-festgelaende (full programme in German)
Saturday, 15 August 2015: The Four Seasons by Vivaldi
The Four Seasons is unmistakably Antonio Vivaldi’s most famous work. It is also one of the most widely known works of European music history. Come and listen to this great piece of art in a nice atmosphere – in the “Marmorsaal” at the Dresden Zwinger. Beginning: 5 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. Admission: €38; How to get there: TRAM 1,2,4,6,8,9,10,11,12,13 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
Sunday, 16 August 2015: Tango in the Park
Tango Argentino is the original and less strictly regulated version of tango. This afternoon you can come to dance or learn how to dance this version of tango. Beginning: 3.30 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: garden grounds behind Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop.
Monday, 17 August 2015: Babel in a bar – Café Lingua for Russian, French and Hungarian
Why not start the week with a new language? Every Monday, international and German students gather in a bar or pub in Dresden Neustadt for their Café Lingua, a space for learning new languages, brooding over brainteasers and enjoying fun conversations. So just drop by if you’re in the mood for an exciting jumble of languages! Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: meeting point is Albertplatz, in front of the WQ Bar (if you want to join later, contact the organisers to find out which bar/pub they will head to); TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Tuesday, 18. August 2015: Regulars’ Table at ‘Terrasse’
Let’s meet for the next regulars’ table at ‘Terrasse’ in Dresden Neustadt to chat and have a drink together. They indeed have a huge terrace, which we will happily use in case of good weather. Otherwise they also have cozy seating indoors. It would be great, if you join us! Feel free to bring friends & family and please register everybody here: http://moreganize.com/b3naN9l9PMx; Beginning: 8 p.m.; How to get there: Terrasse, Bischofsplatz 2, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7,8,13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
Tuesday, 18 August 2015: Public Rehearsal at Moritzburg Music Festival
From 15 – 30 August, the annual Moritzburg Music Festival takes place. Some of the best musicians of our time have been meeting every summer for 20 years in the idyllic setting of Moritzburg: for intensive rehearsals of chamber music’s world literature, past and present, and for various concerts, where they present those works to an experienced, enthusiastic and sensitive audience. Tonight you have the chance to visit a public rehearsal, to sneak a peek into the world music at Moritzburg Music Festival. And if you like what you hear, you may also visit one of the upcoming concerts. Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: €5/€3 (reduced); How to get there: Moritzburg Lutheran Church, Schlossallee 38, 01468 Moritzburg; BUS 326 (towards Moritzburg Markt) or 457 (towards Kalkreuth Wettiner Straße) from Dresden Neustadt station to ‘Evangelische Kirche Moritzburg’ stop.
Wednesday, 19 August 2015: Low Roar in Concert
Low Roar’s dreamy folk finds beauty in the somber side of life. Formerly the front man of Oakland, California alt-rockers Audrye Sessions, Ryan Joseph Karazija began Low Roar as a response to the change and loneliness he felt in the wake of moving to Reykjavík, Iceland. He chronicled the challenges of acclimating to a foreign land, finding work, and supporting his family by writing a song each day, the results of which appeared in November 2011 on Low Roar’s self-titled debut record. Beginning: 7.30 p.m.; Admission: free, How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 20 August 2015: Saloppe Classic Garden – Botanik Classic Lounge DJ Set with Sven Helbig
Classical music can also delight outside of a concert room – for example on a swing seat, deckchair or in the grass on a picnic blanket. A DJ set with Sven Helbig will present a self-made mix of new and modern classic, romantic classic and classical pop. He himself describes his music as a “little stroll through life”. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €3; How to get there: Saloppe Dresden, Brockhausstraße 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Wilhelminenstraße’ stop.