Tips for the Upcoming Week
3 August – 9 August 2018

Spectators enjoy the sounds of a piano night at the Dresden Palaissommer


Friday, 3 August: International Open Bottle Night

The Open Bottle Night at Dresden’s Craft Beer Store has already become a tradition, with tasting happening every week on Thursdays and Fridays. The beer tasting are open to everyone at the very accessible price of only 2 Euros per participant. Every first Friday of the month however, a special tasting occurs, namely the International Open Bottle Night. Once a month, guests with little or no German knowledge may also take part in this wonderful event as it is held in English. This month in particular is extra special, as the Craft Beer Store welcomes David Coen from Tel Aviv’s Dancing Camel Brewing. This Friday, he will present some of his beers brewed in Berlin. Come into the Neustadt’s beautiful Kunsthofpassage this Friday and get an insight into the world of craft beer. Throughout the tasting, guests will have the chance to taste five different beers. In addition, guests also learn many interesting facts about breweries and different brews. Be sure to arrive on time, as places are limited on a first come-first serve basis.   

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 2 EUR; How to get there: Hopfenkult – Der Craft Beer Store, Görlitzer Str. 25, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße/Nordbad’ stop.
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Saturday, 4 August: Dresden’s Jazz Choir at the Palace Summer

Whether it is an empathetic ballad or an exciting groove, Dresden’s jazz choir manages to reach the hearts of the audience with their energetic sound and modern arrangements. The choir, led by Michael Blessing sings mainly jazz hits but do not be surprised to hear a few pop classics along the way. Throughout the concert, you might be surprised when trying to look for the instruments on stage. As unbelievable as it seems, all sounds heard during the concert come entirely from the singers’ voices! The 45 members are a proof that Dresden also has much more than just classic acapella to offer, as the group connects their passion for acapella music with modern music. Originally founded in 2012, the choir gained widespread attention after organizing their very own festival for modern acapella music last year. They are now slowly becoming ever so more recognizable in the city, having already taken part in last year’s annual jazz festival as well as in Dresden’s “Schlößernacht”, the annual music festival which takes place at the three castles in Loschwitz. For this year’s Palace Summer, the group will take onto the stage this Saturday and once more on August 21 for the famous “Choir Night”.

Beginning: 8 p.m. ; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Garden behind the Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop or TRAM 4, 6, 9, 11 ‘Anton-/Leipziger Straße’ stop.
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Sunday, 5 August: Mission Impossible – Fallout

Tom Cruise is back as Ethan Hunt for one of the most famous action-film franchises of all time! This time, Hunt and the IMF team join forces with CIA assassin August Walker to prevent a disaster of epic proportions. Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as the Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for a simultaneous nuclear attack on the Vatican, Jerusalem and Mecca, Saudi Arabia. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands. It is already the sixth instalment of the franchise and received widely positive reviews all across the board. If you thought you had already seen enough Mission Impossible movies, then maybe you should also give Fallout a try, especially when it is shown in English on the widescreen from Dresden’s Rundkino! Review website “Empire” gave the movie a 5/5 and review aggregator “Rotten Tomatoes” shows a positive rating of 97%, an exceptional score! The review on Times of India states it “has a great mix of plot, pacing and performances that undeniably makes it the best entry in the franchise.” If you love action movies, then this is undeniably one of the movies, which you cannot miss in 2018.
Beginning: 7:45 p.m.; Admission: 8,90 EUR Regular, 7,90 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.

Monday, 6 August: International Peace Slam

73 years after the world’s first atomic bombing at the Japanese city Hiroshima, this Monday evening young researchers from all over the world will show up on the Palaissommer stage on the occasion of the anniversary of a world’s shock talk about their experiences of and wishes for peace. The group uses their international peace slams to bring up topics like tolerance, prejudices and co-existence on intercultural stages and in school assemblies. Both serious as well as entertaining, but always looking over the rim of their own migration teacup. They ask for the meaning of peace and give very personal answers themselves. In 10-minute talks, they wrap up big topics quite handily: cross-generational guilt, social pressure on single women in China, childlike feeling of happiness in times of war, culture shock in Germany, friendship with an enemy of the state, the role of media for our own prejudices and so on. The repertory grows with the number of slammers. It is not a poetry slam, nor a science or comedy slam. We do #peaceslam! The event is partly in English and partly in German.

Beginning: 8 p.m. ; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Garden behind the Japanisches Palais, Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 9 ‘Palaisplatz’ stop or TRAM 4, 6, 9, 11 ‘Anton-/Leipziger Straße’ stop.
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Tuesday, 7 August: Mystic Braves + The Creation Factory (Concert)

It is time for a musical journey into the past, back into the days when psychedelic sounds were on the rise. This Tuesday, Beatpol will welcome two bands from Los Angeles, beginning the evening with one of the most remarkable acts of the current garage-band-revival in the United States: Mystic Braves. After a few songs it becomes clear that the band has its roots deep in the 70s psychedelic scene, with a music very similar to that of Tame Impala, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizzard, the Temples, and many more. When they are not busy selling out music halls around the world – as they did in Dresden’s Ostpol last year – the band plays alongside legendary artists such as The Zombies or provides the soundtrack for fashion events such as for Saint Laurent’s spring/summer collection in Paris in 2015. Next, The Creation Factory will take the audience even deeper into the psychedelic genre, with sounds more similar to those of the 60s. The band claims that they are not just making music but also rather “capturing the sort of sounds that people don’t hear anymore”, thereby creating an experience. The band’s frontman describes the band’s main goal, stating, “I’m trying to revive music and expose it to a younger generation. I’m going backwards to go forward.”   

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 16,50 EUR; 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..
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Wednesday, 8 August: Forró in V-Cake with Workshop     

Forró is a genre of Brazilian music and dance that originated in Northeastern Brazil, which is guaranteed fun for both experienced dancers as well as beginners. It encompasses various dance styles as well as a number of different musical beats and is the most popular and widespread musical genre in Brazil. The music is based on a combination of three instruments, the accordion, zabumba, and a metal triangle. The dance itself has a variety of different styles, each very different as one crosses from the Brazilian Northeast to the Southeast but the most widely spread style – known as xote – is characterized by a slower rhythm influenced by pop-rock music. The dance is well known for its relative simple to learn steps, after a workshop even if you have never danced any other style before you can be sure you will have learned forró!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Fiete Behnersens V-Cake, Rothenburger Str. 14, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Straße/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
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Thursday, 9 August: In the Streets of Florence

The cities of Dresden and Florence share a history that is both tumultuous and inspiring. Following a horrendous war, both cities were forced to find forces to rise up from the ashes and rebuild their beautiful cities, which had been heavily damaged by the allies. Thankfully, these two European cultural epicentres have now regained their pre-war beauty, with both cities housing some of the most important baroque and renaissance art in the continent as well as offering visitors the chance to soak in some of the world’s most beautiful architectural pieces. It is no wonder that 40 years ago, Dresden, the Florence of the North, made an agreement with Florence so that both cities would recognize each other as twin cities. To celebrate this twinning, the Italienzentrum Dresden has put together the street art exhibition In the Streets of… Florence. The project will bring exhibitors and protagonists of the street art scene in Florence to Dresden. During the 18 days of the exposition, three artists of Florence will present photographs of their art, which refer to the art-historical identity and set it into a new context. The exhibition is open until the 18th of August.

Opening times: Daily from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Hole of Fame, Königsbrücker Straße 39, 01097 Dresden, TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
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