Friday, 25 May: Dresden Night Skating- 20th Birthday Round!
In Germany, inline skating is not only a sport for children but is rather something that may be enjoyed by people of all ages. The truth for this statement may be witnessed in the streets of Dresden every Friday night during the spring and summer months, as hundreds of people take to the streets to skate on the city’s streets. Twenty years ago, Dresden became the second city in Europe, after Paris, to organize such an event, known as ‘Night Skating’ since skaters always meet at night. Today, Germany’s first night skating still takes place on a regular basis and this year the organizers would like to celebrate the event’s 20th birthday with three skating rounds. The first round begins at 8 p.m. and is the easiest of them all, appropriate for beginners as well as children. Skaters will leave the skate park next to Pirnaischer Platz towards the university and return before the hill leading to Nürnberger Platz. The second round will begin directly afterwards, somewhere around 8:30 p.m. and will take skaters from the skate park towards the Freiberger Straße and then on a circular round back, going past the Marien-Bridge and back to the Altstadt side of the river over the Albert-Bridge towards the Straßbourger Platz back to the skate park. After a short pause, the final round begins, spanning over 14 km and appropriate for experienced skaters due to the higher speed at which the group travels towards the Blaues Wunder bridge and beyond, all the way down to Tolkewitz and back. No matter your skating level, there is one round for you, the maps may be seen on the link below. If you do not have your own skates, you may rent some directly at the skate park along with a helmet and protective material for just 5 euros before the rounds begin.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free, Skates and protective equipment may be rented for 5 EUR; How to get there: Skatepark Dresden, Lingnerallee, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/186836998631882/
Saturday, 26 May: Dresden Monarchs vs Kiel Baltic Hurricanes
It often seems like American Football is a sport which may only be appreciated in the United States or throughout the world through cable television or during the super bowl. However, football may also be enjoyed in Germany, especially in Dresden as the city’s football team is a member of the first tier of the country’s professional football league, the German Football League, or GFL. This year, the Monarchs are enjoying a very succesfull streak so far, currently holding the second place of its North division. The team must remain among the top four positions so as to qualify for the playoffs and to make it a step closer towards the German Bowl, which will take place in October in Berlin. Last year, the Monarchs were kicked out already on the first round of the playoffs and this year they hope to perform better but to do so they need their fan’s support! Come out this Saturday to the DDV-Stadium and cheer the Monarchs towards victory as they face their next big challenge against the Kiel Baltic Hurricanes. This is also a great chance for those who have never been to the city’s main stadium to pay it a visit or to those who might have only been there for soccer matches to witness a different kind of sport in the same location.
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: 15 EUR Regular, 11,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: DDV-Stadion, Lennéstraße 12, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 9, 10, 11, 13 or BUS 75 ‘Lennéplatz’ stop.
Sunday, 27 May: 3rd Gypsy Jazz Jam Session in Dresden
Get ready for a musical journey back to the beginning of the twentieth century! Everyone is welcome this Sunday for the relaxed atmosphere of the ‘Die 100’ Café, as musicians from around town come together for a jam session a la Django Reinhardt. The band ‘GuFranouche’ will be present with their bass, guitars as well as violin, but anyone with an instrument such as clarinets, accordions or any other jazz-related instrument and interested in Gypsy Jazz is more than welcome to play. All music will be played without the use of amplifiers for a true ‘20s experience. Naturally, if you are not so gifted with musical instruments, you may also come by and only enjoy the music as well as the café, which will be serving its delicious drinks and snacks as usual to ensure everyone stays in a good mood. Come out on Sunday night and swing into the new week with a pinch of some good old jazz!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Die 100, Alaunstraße 100, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/189075358373271/
Monday, 28 May: Cult Film Karaoke on the Neumarkt
“Dance, magic dance!” If you can sing along to this David Bowie classic or are just a fan of David Bowie, then this is the event of the week which you cannot miss! Not knowing the lyrics is not an excuse as all songs will be accompanied by their texts so that everyone present may sing along. The event is organized by the non-profit organization ‘wir gestalten Dresden’ (we shape Dresden) so as to provide more outdoor and fun activities for the city’s residents. Having a group of hundreds of people singing along with David Bowie in front of an outdoor screen is definitely lots of fun and not something which you may easily find in other cities, so do not miss your chance to participate. This week will be the second the last week of the event, as the following week will show the final movie, ‘Love is All’. As for this week, just dress up like Bowie, tune up your vocal chords and head out to the Neumarkt for a fun-filled evening of open-air karaoke! Unfortunately, the event description does not specify whether the movie will be shown in English or German, however, songs are always shown in their original languages, in this case, English, so even if you happen not to understand much of the dialogues, you may still sing along to all songs!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden Neumarkt (Frauenkirche), 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/206149923481580/
Tuesday, 29 May: Isle of Dogs
The new Wes Anderson movie is finally here! When all canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled by executive decree to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, 12-year-old Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture. For the lovers of animated and/or stop motion films, you will be thankful that after “Fantastic Mr. Fox”, Wes Anderson has finally decided to venture back with his perfectionist style into a stop-motion movie. One review states “Wes Anderson’s animated feature Isle of Dogs might be the most lyrically disjunctive movie ever made: Nothing fits together and everything harmonizes, magically.” Another review, from ‘The Atlantic’ claims that “Isle of Dogs, the director’s ninth feature and second foray into stop-motion animation, is as precious, minutely detailed, and magnificently deadpan in its humor as any of his previous work.” With an overall positive review of 8,2/10 on IMDb and 89% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie will surely not disappoint you!
Beginning: 9:30 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 30 May: Guided Tour of the Dresden Synagogue
Did you know that the Dresden Synagogue was the first synagogue built in Eastern Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989? Its foundation stone was lain exactly 162 years after the laying of the foundation stone of the old, now destroyed, Semper Synagogue and was inaugurated in 2001. Following its reopening, it won the international architectural prize from the “World Architecture” magazine as the best construction in Europe for the year 2001. Join this guided tour on Wednesday to learn more interesting facts about our city’s synagogue and why it has become such an important piece of Dresden’s skyline. The tour will also provide interesting information regarding the different aspects of Jewish life and religion in Dresden today and in the past. Men participating in the tour are kindly requested to cover their heads with a hat or kippah, which may be borrowed from the synagogue.
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Regular 6 EUR, Reduced 4 EUR; How to get there: Neue Synagoge, Hasenberg 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 “Synagoge” stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/201072353842550/
Thursday, 31 May: Soirée of the Palucca University of Dance
Did you know that Germany’s only independent university for dance is located in Dresden? The Palucca University of Dance is unique in Germany as it is the only educational institution in the country to offer a 9-year dance education program with integrated secondary schooling. The curriculum includes ballet, contemporary dance, as well as improvisation. Once a year, the general public is allowed to take a look behind the curtains and find out what is it that the students of this prestigious school are currently learning. On this evening, 130 students of various different ages will stand on the stage of the semper opera to show how even 25 years following the death of the school’s founder, her vision and tradition are still kept alive. Along with choreographies by international guest choreographers, students will also present their own work as well as the works of alumni. Come out on Thursday evening and enjoy a presentation by the talents who will soon join the world’s most famous dance companies.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Tickets starting from 10 EUR up to 45 EUR; How to get there: Semperoper, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.