Friday, 27 July: Total Lunar Eclipse
This Friday, we will get to witness one of the most important astronomical events of our time. Although lunar eclipses are quite a common phenomenon, happening at least twice every year, this Friday the world will be looking up towards our only natural satellite as it hides behind the Earth’s shadow for the longest period of time it ever will throughout all of the 21st century. With a duration of 103 minutes, you do not want to miss it, as chances are we will not witness such an eclipse again throughout our lifetimes. In mid-Europe, the eclipse will begin as the moon rises above the horizon at dusk, providing the perfect opportunity for astounding photographs by nature photographers. For an unforgettable experience, be sure to watch the eclipse at the observatory and planetarium in Radebeul. Here, visitors will be given the chance to take a look into the telescope lens for a real up-close look of the moon as it goes through the different phases of the eclipse. Guests are invited to also bring their smartphones or cameras, to ensure the best pictures of this Friday’s eclipse. Naturally, other visible planets such as Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will also be observed throughout the evening. Moreover, speeches on different topics regarding astronomy as well as the observatory itself will take place in German, and there will be an opportunity to taste wine from Saxony’s oldest and most famous winery – which is right next to the observatory – at Schloss Wackerbath.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR Regular, 3 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Volkssternwarte Adolph Diesterweg, Auf den Ebenbergen 10, 01445 Radebeul; TRAM 4 ‘Schloss Wackerbath’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.sternwarte-radebeul.de/event/himmelsbeobachtung-an-den-fernrohren-5/
Saturday, 28 July: 1 Asian Street Food Festival
Throughout the past few years, Dresden has hosted an increasing amount of street food festivals showcasing not only traditional street food but also a variety of new creations catering to every taste. Now, the organizers of Dresden’s street food festival on the Altmarkt have decided to organize a festival dedicated to the continent home to the origins of street food: Asia. As the largest and most populous continent in our planet, it is no wonder that Asia also offers the most varied types of cuisine, ranging from delicious kebabs and falafels through to the most tasty curries and colourful spring rolls. Whether steamed, fried, boiled or grilled, Asian food has something to offer for every taste pallet. For those who prefer to stick to the traditional street food normally found in Germany, the Asian festival will be a smaller part of the larger more traditional street food festival. The best part is that unlike other festivals, the one on the Altmarkt does not charge an entrance fee. For those unsure of whether the stands will offer anything truly tasty, coming by and just taking a look will not cost a penny. The festival itself will already have begun on Friday and will stay open until Sunday evening, so there is plenty of time to invite your friends and come enjoy some delicious Asian street food!
Opening times: Fr.-Sun. 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
Sunday, 29 July: Summer Garden at the Horse Racetrack
The glory days of horseracing may be long gone, but its legacy remains up to this day in Dresden’s peripheral neighbourhood of Sebnitz, home to the city’s historical racetrack, now 127 years old. The site occupies quite a large area and still hosts horse races today, where visitors may watch and, as traditional to horseracing, bet on the winning horses. Unfortunately, races do not take place as often as they once did, with only seven scheduled for 2018. However, to allow residents of Dresden to visit this wonderful idyllic place unknown to most, the racetrack opens its doors every sunny Sunday from 12 pm onwards. With the current forecast of 34 degrees Celsius on Sunday, this is a great opportunity to spend a pleasant afternoon in such a wonderful location. After a relaxing stroll throughout the racetrack grounds, a cosy beer garden invites guests to enjoy a glass of wine or beer as well as a tasty snack in the shade. The location is also suitable for those with children, as it also contains a playground for the smaller guests. With a little bit of luck, children and adults alike may be surprised by the site of a few racehorses as they train their rounds around the racetrack.
Beginning: 12 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Galopprennbahn Dresden, Oskar-Röder-Str. 1, 01237 Dresden; BUS 65, 87 ‘Pferderennbahn’ stop or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘Dresden Reick’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/156919538313424/
Monday, 30 July:Hereditary
“Here’s a haunted-houses movie for the ages” writes the Wall Street Journal, while Rolling Stone claims that “hereditary is a new horror landmark that puts a unique face on things that go bump in the night.” For the lovers of horror movies, do not miss this 2018 American supernatural horror film written and directed by Ari Aster, in his feature directional debut. The film has received mainly positive reviews, with a positive approval rating of 89% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, with a critical consensus reading, “Hereditary uses its classic setup as the framework for a harrowing, uncommonly unsettling horror film whose cold touch lingers long beyond the closing credits.” When the matriarch of the Graham family passes away, her daughter and grandchildren begin to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry, trying to outrun the sinister fate they have inherited. To find out what happens in this thrilling story and if you do not mind being terrified, then be sure to check out Hereditary, now showing in Thalia in the Dresden Neustadt.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Str. 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str./Nordbad’ stop.
Tuesday, 31 July: Garden Concert – Duo Filament
The accordion’s basic form is believed to have been invented in Berlin, in 1822 and by the 1840s the instrument was already very widespread. Once the polka became a craze in Paris and London during the spring of 1844, it rapidly took common people, servants, workers, and anyone who wasn’t too snuffy about dancing polka in the streets. Except for a brief period in the 1830s and 18402, when the accordion was heard by the French aristocracy, it has been mostly associated with common people and was spread by Europeans who emigrated out into the world. As such, it has become an integral part of European folk music, and is often associated with traditional French music. This Tuesday, Quentin Bollengier on the accordion will join Martha Stellmacher on the quinton, another traditional French instrument very similar to a violin for a musical journey to our neighbouring country of France. With traditional French dance music, they invite the audience for a romantic evening, as if enjoying an afternoon along the beautiful streets of Paris.
Beginning: 4:30 p.m.; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: Johannstädter Kulturtreff e.V., Elisenstr. 35, 01307 Dresden; TRAM 6, 13 ‘Sachsenallee’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/1060697160761294/
Wednesday, 1 August: Clothes Line in Alaunpark
“Free your wardrobe – make others happy!” This is the motto for the community event already happening for the third time in the main park of the Dresden Neustadt, Alaunpark. On Wednesday, feel free to come by anytime starting at 4 p.m. and you will be greeted by a clothes line with pieces free for everyone to take home. It is basically a large event for clothes exchanging, where you welcome to, but not required, to bring old clothes to hang on the line so that others may take and in exchange take the pieces which most interest you. In addition, the organizers have put together an “accessories box” this time around, so you will also have the chance to take some accessories home as well! The event is meant to highlight the importance of reusing instead of discarding, as every year millions of tons of clothes land in the trash. Such clothes exchange events allow people to renew their wardrobe without having to constantly buy new pieces of clothing. Reusing clothes is also not only good for the environment but also for the budgets of those taking part. Do not be afraid to browse down the clothes line in Alaunpark, you might be very happily surprised to find beautiful apparel which matches just your style!
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Alaunplatz, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/439547473185832/
Thursday, 2 August: Adam Hall and the Velvet Playboys
Adam Hall is an accomplished Trumpeter, Vocalist and Composer based in Perth, Australia. He began playing in 1990 at the age of ten, and later studied the craft at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Adam is also competent in playing the Trombone, Alto Sax, Piano, Euphonium, Mellophonium, and a little bit of Bass and Drums for good measure. In 2005, he formed a classic Rhythm & Blues band, Adam Hall & The Velvet Playboys’. The band is somewhat of an institution of the Perth music scene and renowned for its captivating live performances, marked by slick presentation and raw energy. Alongside Adam (Vocals, Trumpet) it features some of Western Australia’s finest musicians, including Mark Turner (Guitar), Anthony Dodos (Trombone), Matthew Hanson (Drums), Ashley de Neef (Double Bass), and Matthew Schmalkucke (Keys). The band’s repertoire is rooted in the Jazz and Rhythm & Blues music of the 40’s and 50’s, from artists such as Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima, Sammy Davis Junior, Harry Connick Junior, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Berry and The Blues Brothers. They also include a large library of Adam Hall originals and unique arrangements. For all jazz lovers out there, this event cannot be missed this year, as this is definitely one of the best Jazz bands to come to Dresden outside of Dresden’s Jazz Days festival in November!
Beginning:9 p.m.; Admission: Not listed, most likely between 5 – 10 EUR; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events/2018/08/02