Tips for the upcoming week
(5 –11 June 2015)

Finally summer! (Photo: C. Reichert)

Friday, 5 June 2015: World Dance – El Mundo Artistico

You love dancing and travelling? Then this event should suit you perfectly: Experience a dancing journey around the world! Various dance ensembles will perform a diverse mix of different dancing styles for you. Among others you can admire the following styles on stage: Oriental dance, gothic, modern dance, Irish dance and Syrian folklore. Beginning: 7.30 p.m. Admission: €16; How to get there: Brauhaus Watzke, Kötzschenbroder Straße 1, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4,9,13 ‘Altpieschen’ stop. (preorder tickets via email to or via phone +49-1520-9034360)

Saturday, 6 June 2015: Aelita – Russian Silent Film

Aelita is a silent film directed by Soviet filmmaker Yakov Protazanov released in 1924. Although the main focus of the story is the everyday lives of a small group of people during the post-war Soviet Union, the enduring importance of the film comes from its early science fiction elements. It primarily tells of a young man, Los, traveling to Mars in a rocket ship, where he leads a popular uprising against the ruling group of Elders, with the support of Queen Aelita who has fallen in love with him after watching him through a telescope. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free (donation requested); How to get there: Technische Sammlungen der Stadt Dresden, Junghansstraße 1-3, 01277 Dresden; Tram 4,10, BUS 61 ‘Pohlandplatz’ stop.

Sunday, 7 June 2015: 200th Anniversary of the Homecoming of the Saxon King in 1815

A special exhibition at Pillnitz castle draws on the history of the return of king Friedrich August I. 200 years after his return home. He came back from almost 20 months of captivity and exile. Meanwhile old Saxony was no more, with two thirds of the former area having fallen to Prussia and only one third remaining. Celebrated with great joy in white and green by the Saxon population as the long-awaited deliverance from Prussian oppression, the king’s return marked the beginning of what would later become the free state of Saxony. This was the time when the characteristic white-and-green flag of Saxony originated. The exhibition shows a lot of interesting exhibits that deal with this era. Besides there will be a cultural program with a concert of the Dresden-Striesen Men’s choir as a highlight. Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission (to the castle and grounds): €8/€6 (reduced); How to get there: Schloss & Park Pillnitz Dresden, August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden; BUS 63 ‘Pillnitzer Platz’ stop.

Monday, 8 June 2015: LIV – Folk music from Norway/Germany

LIV’s sound is created by a mixture of folk guitars, sentimental strings and a unique voice. Her musical training started in classical music: She studied violin in Karlsruhe and vocal jazz in New York. Since then she has created her own style, adding songwriting, Norwegian folk and a pinch of indie-rock. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €5; How to get there: Hole Of Fame, Königsbrücker Straße 39, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.

Tuesday, 9 June 2015: Welcome to Karastan at Thalia Cinema (in English with German subtitles)

A filmmaker from England is hired to make an epic movie in the Caucasus region in Europe. Welcome to Karastan is a comedy, set in a fictitious Central Asian/Caucasian country called ‘Karastan’ and dealing with (at least some of) the absurdities of making films and film festivals. Beginning: 6.15 p.m.; Admission: €5 (Mon/Tue only)/€6 (other days); How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015: Dresden isst bunt – A banquet for all

This is a warm invitation to a huge potluck on a large table in the middle of the city on the Old Market square where people will eat and celebrate. There will be discussions, music, dancing and games. Semperoper, Theater der Jungen Generation, Literaturhaus Villa Augustin, Kama e.V., Hellerau – Europäisches Zentrum der Künste, Projekttheater, Dresdner Musikfestspiele, Ausländerbeirat, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Afropa e.V., Deutsches Hygienemuseum, Staatsschaupiel Dresden, Verkehrsmuseum Dresden and many others will also contribute food, drinks, music, dance, lectures and performances… Bring crockery and cutlery, your favorite food and drink as well as plenty of hospitality and, if you like, some musical instruments, board games, juggling balls, anything! Watch out for the DRESDEN-concept table, this is where you’ll find Maike and Claudia. Event time: 5 – 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or TRAM 1,2,3,4,7,12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop. (English at the bottom) (organisers’ event page) (TU Dresden Welcome Center event page)

Thursday, 11 June 2015: ‘Vielfalt’ – Performance in Hellerau

What do we do when we show ourselves? What do we do when we watch? In «Vielfalt» (German for diversity, variety, plurality, manifoldness), Nicole Peisl, choreographer and dancer of the Forsythe Company, asks how the conditions of performance affect (amplify, transform, charge) how we manage to show ourselves and how we manage to perceive. Victory and defeat, stillness and gesture, sound, humor, posture, ropes and two beautiful dancers, these are the ingredients out of which «Vielfalt» is composed. «Vielfalt» grows out of Peisl’s ongoing creative, research and teaching collaboration with philosopher Alva Noë. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €15/€7.50 (reduced); How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.


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