Tips for the upcoming week
(28 November – 4 December 2014)

Dresden Castle’s Yard | Photo: C. Reichert


Friday and Saturday, 28 – 29 November: HELLERAU Bandstand – An insight into the Dresden music landscape

This is the second year the Dresdner bands’ summit takes place at the beautiful festival hall in Hellerau. Be it uncompromising Jazz Rock by “The Shouting Men”, the Black Sabbath and David Bowie-influenced “Jim Zitrone Band” or Indietronic by “Trains on Fire”, we’re sure you’ll have at least one new favorite band after this weekend. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: around 13 €, combined ticket for both days: around 17€; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop. (information and advanced booking tickets).

Friday, 28. November: Latin & RnB at Loft House

Not a fan of bands? Are you tired standing in front of stages and do you prefer a less rough-and-ready sound? Then Loft House might be the right venue for you. D3!C is going to heat up your mood with Black, House, Dance, Latin & R’n’B music. Beginning: 10 p.m.; How to get there: Downtown LoftHouse, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop or TRAM 13 ‘Rothenburger Straße’ stop.

Saturday, 29 November: Christmas Celebration

We warmly invite you to our Christmas Party today where we would like to make you familiar with some German Christmas traditions. Of course we will also have our own Santa Claus. To let him not come empty-handed, we intend to arrange a “Secret Santa” activity: Everybody has to bring an article, ornament, or household utensil that is no longer wanted by its owner. If you have nothing to spare, it is sufficient to buy some sweets which shouldn’t cost more than 5€. Please keep in mind that your little present has to be wrapped. Be surprised when you find out what you can take home – maybe it is even more useful to you than the item you’ve brought!
To facilitate our planning please register under the link below (registration for baking and handcrafting is now closed, but registration is still open for the 5 p.m. program). Beginning: 5 p.m.; How to get there: Kirchgemeinde Friede und Hoffnung Dresden; Clara-Zetkin-Straße 30, 01159 Dresden; TRAM 6,7,12 ‘Bünaustraße’ stop and a 15-minute walk or BUS 90 ‘Clara-Zetkin-Straße’ stop.

Sunday, 30 November: The Nutcracker at the Semper Opera

One of the most performed ballets is being shown in the Semper Opera. After receiving a nutcracker as a Christmas gift the peaceful atmosphere is destroyed when a band of warlike mice intrudes the scene. Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission 93,50 – 99,50 €; How to get there: Semperoper Dresden, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop.

Monday, 1 December: Funk, Ska Punk and Reggae “LaBrassBanda” at Alter Schlachthof

LaBrassBanda make the impossible possible and combine Bavarian Folk, Funk, Ska Punk and Reggae with the sounds of brass band music. Together with the Bavarian band “Kofelgschroa” they represent the upcoming genre of “New Volksmusik” and present a danceable funky sound that is everything but old-fashioned. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: from 32€ (link below); How to get there: Alter Schlachthof, Gothaer Straße 11, 01097 Dresden, TRAM 4,9 ‘Alter Schlachthof’ stop.

Tuesday, 2 December – 11 January 2014: William Forsythe – Black Flat at “Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau”

William Forsythe is an American dancer, choreographer and visual artist who has established himself as one of the most important choreographers in the world when he was head of the Frankfurt Ballet in Frankfurt/Main. For this latest of his installations, two robots standing in the white cube of Lipsiusbau programmed by Forsythe wave gigantic black flags back and forth, accompanied by their own operating noises, creating a creepy yet sedative atmosphere. Opening Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Mondays; Admission : 5€/4€ (reduced), children under 17 free; How to get there: Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, Georg-Treu-Platz 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3,7 ‘Synagoge’ stop.

Wednesday, 3 December: Fading Gigolo at Thalia Cinema

Murray, the friend of Fioravante, desparatley needs help as he broke again. Fioravante decides to become a professional Don Juan with Murray acting as his manager who of course participates in the profit. Soon they find themselves caught up in the struggle that comes with mixing money and love.
Beginning: 5.15 p.m.; Admission: 5€; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Thursday, 4 December: 3rd Arabic Movie Series 2014/15:“La source de femmes“ (Arabic with German subtitles) at “Haus der Sprachen” of TUD

In cooperation with the Arabic Cultural Club Dresden, the TUD’s Teaching Center of Languages and Area Studies (LSK) are running their Arabic Film Series for the 3rd time this winter semester. A film from an Arabic-speaking country is screened every (or every other) Thursday night in Arabic with German subtitles. Watch this space for more films! The upcoming film is “La source des femmes” (عين النساء): Every day women have to carry water from the distant source to their North African village. Due to an accident Karima loses her unborn child just like her friend Leila and many other women of the village before them. The two young women want to draw the men’s attention to their life-threatening problem and somehow call them to action. They decide to go on a love strike to make their husbands improve their situation and start helping out. Gradually more and more women join the strike and the men begin to struggle with how they are perceived by the neighboring village: as weak men. Beginning: 6.30 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Haus der Sprachen (Seminar building 1), Zellescher Weg 22, 01217 Dresden, room SE 1- 23, BUS 61 ‘Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek (SLUB)’ stop or TRAM 11 ‘Zellescher Weg’ stop.

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