This weekend is surrounded by two bank holidays, Good Friday and Easter Monday, Germans celebrate Easter and the beginning of spring (So keep out of your labs and offices!). Do you know about the specific Saxon traditions? Check out our latest blog post to learn more.
Maundy Thursday, 24 March 2016: La divina commedia (dance performance)
“La divina commedia – a piece for the circus, four almost invisible bodies and countless ghosts.” That’s the only description, Hellerau is providing us with. Based on Dante Alighieri’s ‘The Divine Comedy’, 4 artists lead though hell and have and create their own inferno.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €21/ €11, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’.
More information: en.hellerau.org/la-divina-commedia-wiederaufnahme
Good Friday, 25 March 2016: Matthew passion (classical sacred concert)
The oratorio is created by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is widely regarded as one of the masterpieces of sacred music of this time. As Good Friday is an important Christian Holiday, this concert illustrates a part of the Holy Bible.
Beginning: 4 p.m; Admission: €14 (hurry up, as only a few rest cards at the church entry); How to get there: Kreuzkirche, An der Kreuzkirche 6, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 8,9,11,12 or BUS 62 ‘Prager Straße’ stop.
More information: www.dresdnerphilharmonie.de/konzerte/matthaeus-passion/295
Good Friday, 25 March 2016: Russel Joslin (UK) (Singer-songwriter concert)
“Russell Joslin is one of those artists you seem to stumble across by accident and then call it fate when you hear him sing. I heard about him from a friend who saw him live and fell in love, she was frantic and adamant I had to hear this Russell guy’s album, Dream Tokens. I took it eventually, (to shut her up), and proceeded to bow down in gratitude for her bringing this gravely voiced prince into my life. Since then I have been a big fan of his and his band ‘Pretty Bricks’, so I was beyond excited when I heard he was releasing a new album, Jet Black and White.” (review of an admirer)
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission:free ; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: www.jazzdepartment.com/stage/events/2016/03/25.html
Easter Saturday, 26 March 2016: Easter games at the Hauptstraße (event for the whole family)
On Saturday, the Hauptstraße changes into an Easter paradise for Children. There are a variety of games and activities offered for children to test skills. In previous years, many families used the day to spend a lovely family afternoon in the heart of Dresden and create some unforgettable Easter memories.
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Hauptstraße, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Easter Saturday, 26 March 2016: Boy (CH/DE) (rock pop concert)
BOY is a Swiss-German pop duo formed by singer Valeska Steiner and bassist Sonja Glass. ‘MUTUAL FRIENDS’ is their debut album and with ‘WE WERE HERE’ they delivered a magnificent second album. WE WERE HERE finds BOY spreading their wings, exploring new textures and musical approaches while remaining true to their aesthetic. Having formed two and a half years after their original meeting – once Steiner had left her native Zurich, Switzerland, to move to Hamburg, where Glass grew up – they spent a while finding their voice, driving in Steiner’s mother’s car to low key shows, wherever they could get them, before Groenland Records signed them in 2011.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €30; How to get there: Alter Schlachthof, Gothaer Straße 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Alter Schlachthof’ stop.
Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016: Easter fire (event for the whole family)
Easter is a Christian tradition but the Easter Fire is a pre-Christian, a Saxon tradition for which there are several explanations: It might be that the Saxons believed the seasons were god-like creatures and that, around the time of Easter, spring was struggling with winter. So the Saxons lit the fires to help spring chase away the darkness and dreariness of the colder season. Another idea is that the fires served as a symbol of fertility: The ashes were scattered over fields and meadows and thereby fertilised the lands – helping the farmers in their work.
Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: free (donations are welcomed); How to get there: Zschoner Mühle, Zschoner Grund 2, 01156 Dresden-Podemus; TRAM 1,12 ’Gottfried-Keller-Straße/Roquettestraße’ stop and then BUS 92 ’Ockerwitz’ stop.
More information: www.zschonergrundbad.com/media/pdf/2016/Flyer_Ostern_Web.jpg
Easter Sunday, 27 March 2016: Wirbeley (German Traditional/Folk concert)
If you are familiar with some old German folk songs this interpretation will surprise you. If you are not familiar with old German folk songs, this performance will surprise you. This band, formed in Dresden in 2010, is touring all over Europe from festival to festival and presents its own versions of the well-known classics. With their unique combination of instruments, they present the music with a touch of the Occident and the Orient.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €20/ €16, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden – Kleines Haus, Glacisstraße 28, 01099 Dresden, TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: www.mzdw.de/konzert%C3%BCbersicht/27-03-wirbeley/
Easter Monday, 28 March 2016: Sleeping Beauty (Ballet broadcast)
Based on the fairy tale and with the famous music by Pjotr Iljitsch Tschaikowski, the Berlin state ballet stage an amazing performance. It will be broadcasted from the German Opera House Berlin and tells the story of a young girl who finds love while experiencing the evil in the world.
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: €17; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
More information: www.cineplex.de/dresden/filmreihe/klassik-ballett-theater/877/
Easter Monday, 28 March 2016: Pere Ubu (USA) (rock concert)
Pere Ubu make a music that is a disorienting mix of midwestern groove rock, “found” sound, analog synthesizers, falling-apart song structures and careening vocals. It is a mix that has mesmerized critics, musicians and fans for decades.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: €30; How to get there: Beatpol, Altbriesnitz 2A, 01157 Dresden; BUS 91,92,93,94 ‘Schunckstraße’ stop or TRAM 1,12 or BUS 94 ‘Cossebauder Straße’ stop.
More information: www.beatpol.de/sites/programme.php
Tuesday, 29 March 2016: Sneak preview (movie in OV)
Each Tuesday, the cinema ‘cineplex Rundkino‘presents a new movie in English. In the so called ‘Sneak Preview’ you never know what movie you’ll see. It could be a romantic comedy or a thriller – or something completely different. Part of the excitement is not knowing which genre awaits you but the best thing about the ‘Sneak Preview’ is that you’ll watch a movie before its official release date.
Beginning: 8 p.m. Admission: €5; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
More information: www.cineplex.de/dresden/filmreihe/ov-sneak/116
Wednesday, 30 March 2016: Charenee Wade (USA) (Jazz concert)
First Runner-Up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Charenee Wade is a notable singer, composer, arranger and educator who received her degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Her accolades include Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead Program where she performed her original music at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: €22/€16, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Königstraße 15, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop or TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.