Tips for the upcoming week
(8 – 14 August 2014)

Foto: C. Reichert
Foto: C. Reichert

Friday, 8 August to Sunday, 10 August: 12th Inselfest Laubegast

A lantern parade for the kids on Friday evening, a backward(!) charity run on Saturday morning, and the fireworks display with music on Saturday night are just some of the highlights of this year’s Inselfest neighborhood festival in Dresden Laubegast. The area of Laubegast is the lowest-situated part of Dresden. The immediate surroundings of Dresden Laubegast village center were heavily flooded by the river Elbe and an old river arm in 2002 and again last year, with the village center itself becoming a veritable ‘island’ – hence the Inselfest (island festival) originated in an effort to raise money to help those affected by the floodings – and at once established itself as one of Dresden’s most popular neighborhood district festivals happening each summer. Instead of floods of water, expect lots of food and music of all sorts, both local, Polish (from the partner village of the same name as Laubegast: Lubogoszcz, Sława, Poland) as well as international. Arts, crafts, a dance floor, a children’s flea market, fun activities at the beach, magicians, story-telling, workshops, kid-friendly high-rope course and bungee trampoline by the river, family competitions… and lots of other attractions for kids and adults should definitely keep young and old entertained until late at night!
Beginning: Friday 6.30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m., Admission: free for children up to 14 years of age. Adult weekend tickets 8.00 € (on site) or 6.50 € (advance sale in designated shops in Laubegast). Adult day tickets are 4 € for Friday, 5 € for Saturday, 4 € for Sunday (on site). How to get there: Laubegaster Ufer, 01279 Dresden via TRAM 4,6 ‘Leubener Straße’ or TRAM 4 ‘Kronstädter Platz’ or via STEAMBOAT(!) from Terrassenufer: special Inselfest offer 15 €/8 € reduced rate for children aged 6-14 years (steamboat ticket includes Inselfest admission for the entire weekend).

Saturday, 9 August: Space Week at Ostrale.extra – Molecular Space Cocktails Workshop | Free “Universum. Reloaded.” Illumination | Free Late-night Open-air Film Screening of Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” (1968)

Ever wondered what it is like to have a cocktail in outer space? As part of the Ostrale.extra events centered around the OSTRALE contemporary art exhibition, ‘Space Week’ explores the interface of art and outer space from 2 to 10 August. This Saturday features a whole bunch of fascinating events: First, starting at 5.30 p.m., a hands-on workshop on molecular cocktails with surprising textures and tastes, all suitable for a zero-gravity environment. Next up, from 9:30 p.m. until midnight, an intriguing ‘hillumination’ by a.hilger produced using an interplay of technology, lighting, color and painting. Finally, from 10 p.m. an open-air screening of the decade-defining film classic “2001: A Space Odyssey” by Stanley Kubrick (in German – which should not stop you – after all, it’s a classic!). Great entertainment guaranteed by all three!
Beginning: 5.30 p.m. (workshop), 9.30 pm. (illumination), 10 p.m. (film), Admission: free for illumination and film screening, but 7€/5€ reduced rate for the workshop (please register for the workshop at, How to get there: OSTRALE, Messering 8, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 10 stop ‘Messegelände’.

Sunday, 10 August: Broadcast Live from Glyndebourne Festival Opera 2014 – La Traviata (Verdi)

La Traviata, which translates to ‘The Fallen Woman’, is one of the most well-known operas by Giuseppe Verdi (music) and Francesco Maria Piave (libretto). As he did before in Rigoletto and Il trovatore, Verdi puts a person at the center of his story who is despised and rejected by society. La Traviata is a new production for Glyndebourne Festival 2014 by Tom Ciarns and conducted by Mark Elder / David Afkham, performed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Glyndebourne Choir, sung in Italian with English subtitles. You can watch the opera live at the Rundkino cinema or, if you cannot make it to the big screen, streamed online (at the ‘Telegraph’ link below). Beginning: 6.30 p.m., Admission: 17.50 €, How to get there: Neues Rundkino, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden, TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 stop ‘Walpurgisstraße’.

Sunday, 10 August: Tyva Kyzy (Siberia, Russia) – ‘Music between the worlds’ series at Palaissommer

The Tuva Republic is located in geographical center of Asia, in southern Siberia. Tyva Kyzy, a female instrumental and vocal group, are the first female group in Tuva to perform its traditional music on ancient instruments and employing the five most important variants of overtone singing – promising a very special evening at Palaissommer.
Beginning: 8 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: park of the Japanese Palace, Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden TRAM 4,9 stop ‘Palaisplatz’.

Monday, 11 August: Museum Monday – free late admission to the Military History Museum

If you have never been to the Military History Museum, late Monday afternoon is your weekly chance to check it out for free(!): Every Monday from 6 to 9 p.m., the museum opens its doors without charging visitors for admission. Besides the two permanent exhibitions, two special exhibitions commemorate the centennial of the beginning of World War I at the moment: Until 7 September, ‘War and Insanity’ showcases art from civil(!) mental hospitals created during World War I. The paintings and sketches lead visitors to call into question: Who is to say where insanity truly begins or ends in the face of war? A second special exhibition titled ‘14 – Humans – War’ was opened just recently on 1 August. Dark and narrow with the air heavy from the damp smell of ground moisture: The Kilian shelter, a German military trench from Alsace, is at the core of the exhibition. Having collapsed under fire in 2018, it became a mass grave for 21 German soldiers. Only nearly 100 years later, a road construction side uncovered the remains of those killed in action, their weapons and items of everyday use, conserved like a photograph from the past underground. A good 60 meters of the trench have now been reconstructed, in part with original pieces dug up from Alsace, in a storage depot at the MHM for visitors to experience a life in the trenches. If you are interested in the human perspective on the military and political history of Germany and Europe, don’t miss out on a visit to the award-winning MHM.
Beginning: every Monday 6 p.m., Admission: free (until 9 p.m.), How to get there: Militärhistorisches Museum der Bundeswehr, Olbrichtplatz 2, 01099 Dresden TRAM 7,8 or BUS 64 stop ‘Stauffenbergallee (Militärhistorisches Museum)’.

Monday, 11 August: Pearls of the Orient – live audio drama at Palaissommer festival

Dream away to palaces, the scents of the bazaar, veils in harems and ancient stories of love, as artists Doreen Seidowski-Faust (vocals, spoken word) and Mario Faust (sitar) take you into a world of oriental sound, colours and imagery.
Beginning: 8 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: park of the Japanese Palace, Palaisplatz 11, 01097 Dresden TRAM 4,9 stop ‘Palaisplatz’.

Tuesday, 12 August: Sneak Preview OV

Like films? Not afraid of surprises? Check out the regular ‘Sneak Preview OV’ every Tuesday night at Rundkino Dresden. All films in the ‘OV’ sneak series are shown in original language, with or without subtitles (OmU or OV), several weeks in advance of the official opening of the respective film. Please take care not to mix this stylish round postwar-modernist cinema up with the Kristallpalast multiplex cinema at the same tram stop, though!
Beginning: 8.15 p.m., Admission: 5€, How to get there: Neues Rundkino, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden, TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 stop ‘Walpurgisstraße’.

Wednesday, 13 August to Sunday, 17 August: WHITE FORTRESS – Part 2: “Blind Regen” by DEREVO – Open Air Performance on and at the Water at Zwingerteich Dresden

Exclusively for the Zwingerteich area (the pond at the Zwinger Palace) in the center of Dresden, DEREVO together with specially invited dancers, artists and musicians create a magically moving night world, inspired by history, water and architecture. Bring a blanket and picnic basket and sit on the grass or watch the performance wandering along the paths. Check out the video link below for an impression of Part 1 from 2009/10. The show on Wednesday is a preview only. It officially premieres Thursday night and will run each night until Sunday.
Beginning: 10 p.m., Admission: 15.50 €/11.10 € reduced rate, How to get there: TRAM 11 stop ‘Am Zwingerteich’ or TRAM 1,2,4,8,9,11,12,44 and BUS 94 stop ‘Postplatz’.

Thursday, 14 August: ‘Exploring the Now’ – interactive experiments

What happens when a mathematician, a cognitive scientist, a musician and an engineer come together and explore something as subjective as ‘time’? Well, the most amazing things, as proven by ‘Exploring the Now‘, an interactive exhibition presented by Helmholtz Centre for Cultural Techniques (Berlin), Max Planck Institute for Cognitive and Neurosciences (Leipzig) and the Institute for Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (Gent, Belgium)! In the large hall of the Dresden Hygiene Museum, three interactive exhibits attempt to change our perception of the moment. Experiment with your body and mind, test and stretch your understanding of what feels like your immediate ‘present’: Exploring the Now. Hurry, only until 21 August!
Beginning: every Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Admission: free, How to get there: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden TRAM 10, 13 stop ‘Großer Garten’ or TRAM 1,2,4,44 stop ‘Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’.

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