today we’re stepping out of our routine and don’t start writing about today, Friday, 6 February, but about next Friday, 13 February.
Friday, 13 February: Invitation to the “Human Chain”
70 years ago – on 13 February 1945 – Dresden was reduced to a pile of rubble. The people who died that night suffered terribly, as did the people who survived. “Never again!” – This is the message of the human chain that we want to set up this year to send a peaceful yet strong signal. “Never again” shall the mad pursuit of power or the demon that is racism and radicalism bring war, death and misery, neither in Germany, nor anywhere else in the world.
We from the TU Dresden Welcome Center would like to walk with you into the old town (as we did the last years) and join the speeches that will be broadcast at the Neumarkt. The bishop of Canterbury will talk in English. If we are lucky we will get an English translation for the speech of the mayor of Dresden in advance and for the speech of the Federal President of Germany, Joachim Gauck, afterwards. Even if not everything will be in English, it would be great to attend this important event with many international people.
We will start at 4 p.m. from the TUD Welcome Center (Nürnberger Str. 31a) and walk to the city center. The transmission of the speeches of the president and the mayor will start at about 5 p.m., the human chain will be closed at 6 p.m. Please join us! If you would like to walk with our group, please let us know. We’ll be happy to explain and translate during the event. You’ll find more information in English here: http://13februar.dresden.de/en/appeal.php.
Friday, 6 February: The good ol’ days: 1990s, 2000s and present-day chart hits at Blue Dance Club
Just thinking of hits like Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U”, “The Sign” by Ace of Base or Outkasts “Hey Ya” still give you goose bumps and your synapses just go crazy thinking of Bruno Mars, Avicii or Jessie J? In that case the party tonight at Blue Dance Club is the right place to spend the night. Beginning: 10 p.m.; Admission: €5 but with the code words „1,2, Polizei“ you get in for free until 11 p.m.; How to get there: Blue Dance Club (close to Altmarkt-Galerie), Wallstraße 11, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,8,9,11 and 12 “Postplatz” stop.
Saturday, 7 February: “The Imitation Game” at Thalia Cinema
The Imitation Game is a bio-pic based on the story of mathematician, logician, crypto-analyst and computer scientist Alan Turing. With his theories he layed the foundations for modern computer science theory. During World War II he was involved in decrypting the Enigma, a German machine for enciphering and deciphering secret messages. He finally solved the code and made it possible to decipher the German radio signals by building the so-called Turing machine. The movie also addresses Turing’s homosexuality, which is rarely mentioned when referring to his biography. Beginning: 9.30 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.
Sunday, 8 February: “Academic Passions” – Concert of the TU symphony orchestra
Some claim that math is the universal language, others are certain that music is the only medium that is able to connect people regardless of their language skills. We don’t know what the opinion is amongst the members of TU Dresden’s symphony orchestra, but we know what they’re going to play: the “Tragic Overture” by Brahms, a clarinette concert by Carl Maria von Weber and “Sinfonie Nr. 1” by Max Bruch. Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: €9/€6.50 (reduced) for pre-sale tickets at TUD Information or at the Lukas church, €10/€7.50 at the door; How to get there: Evangelisch-Lutherische Lukaskirchgemeinde, Lukasplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; BUS 61 ‘Technische Universität’ or TRAM 3,8 ‘Reichenbachstraße’ stop.
Monday, 9 February: FEATURE RING –series at Festspielhaus Hellerau
What happens when you just keep travelling with your instruments, going back and forth, lingering around with the rhythms at bars, clubs and cafés? Well. Gerhard Gschlößl never looked back when travelling with his trombone for the last 30 years. The outcome: trombone sounds inheriting various jazz stylistics, like bebop, post-bop and modern. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission €10/€6 (reduced); How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
Tuesday, 10 February: Alternativ-Folk band “BURIERS” from London at Societaetstheater
Whisky-drowned sounds, drama, depression, a world where the time, rather than double speed, is just half the normal speed. That’s the world you stumble into when listening to BURIERS (previously A Band of Buriers), consisting of lead-singer James P. Hones and cellist Jamie Romain who also plays guitar. Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €8 pre-sale, €10 at the door; How to get there: Societaetstheater, An der Dreikönigskirche 1a, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Wednesday, 11 February: Video Night and Talk „The Myth of Memories“ with artist Luise Schroeder (Leipzig)
This talk is all about the works of Luise Schroeder and the questions “What and why do we remember things the way we do today? Why are constructed historic myths not being deconstructed, although we should know better? What relevance can history have in that case to legitimize identity and society? Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Riesa efau, Motorenhalle, Wachsbleichstraße 4a, 01068 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,6 and 10 ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.
Thursday, 12 February: Yakari, Winnetou & Co. – An exhibition for children about the cult around Native American Indians
In 2005 the story of Yakari, a Native American Indian comic figure, was revived and caused a veritable Yakari-mania amongst children, once again. The comic series was originally invented in 1973 and children were fascinated by the romantic view of a Native Indian life then, just like nowadays. The exhibition examines the cyclically recurring popularity and fascination with of classic wild West stories by Karl May and James Fenimore Cooper. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Admission: €8/€6 (reduced) / €3 (children aged 4 to 16); How to get there: Karl-May-Museum, Karl-May-Straße 5, 01145 Radebeul; TRAM 4 ‘Schildenstraße/Karl-May-Museum’ stop, S1 ‘Radebeul-Ost’ stop.