Tips for the upcoming week
16 November – 22 November 2017

Saxon Switzerland (Photo: C. Reichert)

Thursday, 16 November: The Big Sick (Movie – German Premiere)

Kumail is a Pakistani comedian who meets an American graduate student named Emily at one of his stand-up shows. As their relationship blossoms, he soon becomes worried about what his traditional Muslim parents will think of her. When Emily suddenly comes down with an illness that leaves her in a coma, Kumail finds himself developing a bond with her deeply concerned mother and father.

The movie is written and loosely based on the stories of Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanijani and stars Nanijani playing himself. At its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January it received positive reviews and has become one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2017.

Beginning: 7:15 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR.; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

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Friday, 17 November: Äwen + Hausverbot (Concert)

Wikipedia describes Neofolk as a genre that encompasses a wide variety of themes, which may either be solely acoustic or aided by a variety of accompanying sounds such as pianos, strings, and elements of industrial music and experimental music. This Friday, the Dutch and British band Äwen will be performing at the “Veränderbar” as part of their debut tour across the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany. Äwen is a trio formed by Jan-Roelof BathoornFabian Maddison, and Johnny Campbell who have come together for this project of dark folk music. Focusing on old story songs and songs of the land, Äwen create ‘Dark Folk Music’ on the Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar and Accordion, all three take a pivotal role in the band all sharing vocal duties. Later, the Dresden group “Hausverbot” will keep the party going with their assortment of electro space pop rock.

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free/Donation based; How to get there: Veränderbar, Görlitzer Str. 42 (Backyard), 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13, “Alaunplatz” stop.

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Saturday, 18 November: Dot, Dot, Comma, Dash?! – “Face” Exhibition (PhD & PostDocs excursion)

Faces are more than just a smiley face and they’re by far the most important tools in our everyday life, when it comes to communicate with other human beings.

Most encounters often start by looking at each other’s faces. Within that one glance people tend to judge their partners of conversation or even associate them with a social group. But how can one be so sure if someone else is friendly, sad, old, male – or even poor?

It´s said that nothing can be done about one´s face. It´s part of our body that nature has given us. But still we try with makeup, razors, etc. to model in front of our mirror what society defines as „beauty“. What concept about ourselves are we pursuing? How much of our self are we willing to expose to other people?

Join us in this exciting excursion to the “Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden” and be quick to register as places are highly limited!

Beginning: 10:30 a.m.; Admission: 4 EUR.; How to get there: Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, main entrance, Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 10, 13 “Georg-Arnhold-Bad” or 1, 2, 4, 12 “Deutsches Hygiene-Museum” stop.

Registration: Please register asap by Thursday 16 November 11 a.m. via email to with your name, status (enrolled PhD student/PostDoc) and e-mail address and pay the excursion fee by Friday 17 November 12 noon at the Welcome Center office during our opening hours (Monday – Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) or use the PopupPayStations ( – scroll down)


Sunday, 19 November: Dresden Titans vs. Giessen 46ers (Basketball Match)

Sunday is sports day! Last week, we featured Dresden’s handball team, HC Elbflorenz in our tips, this week, it’s the Titans’ turn! The Dresden Titans, currently playing in the ProB Süd, part of the 2. Basketball Bundesliga will receive the Giessen 46ers for the 10th round of the 2017/18 season. While the Titans occupy the 5th position of this year’s table, Giessen is right behind, now in 7th place. A victory this Sunday will be important in keeping the Titans on track towards the play-offs, as the attempt to obtain one of the two spots that will be promoted to the ProA league. Come out on Sunday to the Margon Arena and support our city’s team!

Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: Ranging from 6,30 EUR (Reduced online) to 45 EUR (Full price VIP ticket); How to get there: Margon Arena Dresden, Bodenbacher Str. 154, 01237 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2 “Prof.-Ricker-Straße” stop.



Monday, 20 November: Montagscafé im Staatsschauspiel Dresden

Come along if you’d like to share experiences with Dresden’s “new” people. Or just simply swing by, an open society needs friends!
What do we do in our Montagscafé? We silkscreen, play chess or drink tee, we reflect on migration and culture not only in theory but also through true experiences.  Pop culture, sub culture, food culture, movie culture, dance, theatre, comedy – our culture lives and contains migration processes, and our Montagscafé is a part of it! At 3 p.m. there are special offers for kids, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. the café is open and at 7 p.m. the evening program begins.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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Tuesday, 21 November: Habana Tradicional – The Music of Buena Vista

Two percussionists from “Classic meets Cuba” join a traditional formation of bongos, congas, guitar and bass to form “Cuba Percussion & Friends”. Come out and enjoy classics such as “Chan Chan”, “Besame Mucho” and “Lagrimas Negras”. Part of the Dresden’s Jazz days festival, this group promises to bring some of the sun and salt from the Caribbean to Dresden with its traditional Cuban tunes.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Starting from 24 EUR, 19 EUR reduced, when buying at the door, an extra 5 EUR will be charged; How to get there: Erlwein Capitol im Ostrapark, Messering 8E, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 “Messe Dresden” stop.

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Wednesday, 22 November: Special Admission fee at Königstein Fortress!

Celebrating the holiday of Prayer and Repentance Day observed on Wednesday, Königstein Fortress is offering entrance at reduced prices! On the 22, every visitor pays only 6 EUR, families pay just 13 EUR. If you still haven’t had a chance to visit this imposing and beautiful fortress yet, this is great chance to do so! Sitting atop a table hill at 240 meters above the Elbe, this is one of the largest hilltop fortifications in Europe and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Saxony, receiving around 700,000 visitors per year. If you cannot make it this Wednesday, be sure to separate a weekend in December for a trip up to the fortress, as it hosts one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets!

Beginning: 9 a.m.; Admission: 6 EUR.; How to get there: Take the S-Bahn S1 into the Saxon Switzerland to the “Königstein” station. Once there you may either take the shuttle from the town’s Main Square or follow the signs and hike your way up to the fort.

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