Tips for the upcoming week
23 November – 29 November 2017

Dresden at night (Photo by L. Mendes – thank you!)

Thursday, 23 November: Detroit (Movie – German Premiere)

In the summer of 1967, rioting and civil unrest starts to tear apart the city of Detroit. Two days later, a report of gunshots prompts the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Army National Guard to search and seize an annex of the nearby Algiers Motel. Several policemen start to flout procedure by forcefully and viciously interrogating guests to get a confession. By the end of the night, three unarmed men are gunned down while several others are brutally beaten. From the Academy Award winning director of The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Detroit tells the gripping story of one of the darkest moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67.

Beginning: 9:15 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR.; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.


Friday, 24 November: Shipwreck Rats (Live Music)

End your week with upbeat music that will surely get you in the mood for the weekend with the Shipwreck Rats playing live in Dresden this Friday. The Shipwreck Rats are a pirate speed folk band based in Berlin. On their website, they claim to play fast and evil music from Scotland, Ireland, North America and all the other places they’ve plundered in their time. Anyone refusing to dance will be made to walk the plank!

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free/Donation based; How to get there: Tír Na Nóg Pub, Bischofsweg 34, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13, “Bischofsweg” stop.


Saturday, 25 November: 3 Vegan Winter-market Dresden

Shortly before the large winter markets open their doors in Dresden, why not try out a different concept of market, in which all goods sold are vegan? The event will take place for the third year in a row and has thus far been a success in the past two years. This time around, alongside the market itself, the organizers put together a program full with workshops and interesting talks on the subject of veganism. In the afternoon, there will be live music by Andy Jones, playing songs from the genres of blues rock and folk. For those who would like to stay even longer, the after party begins at 9 p.m., featuring various different punk bands.

Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Chemiefabrik, Petrikirchstr. 5, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3 “Großenhainer Platz” or 3, 13 “Liststraße” stop.


Sunday, 26 November: Junge Kunst im Palais

With the cold and grey autumn weather of this time of the year, there is nothing better than some good music at one of Dresden’s most beautiful locations. Come and enjoy music by Dresden’s up and coming musicians, students of the Music College Carl Maria von Weber. This Sunday, you have the chance to get to know the students of professor and pianist Detlef Kaiser, as they introduce themselves to the world at the Coselpalais. Following the concert, enjoy a walk through the old town and regain all the energies you may need for the coming week.

Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: 4 EUR, children Free; How to get there: Festsaal im Coselpalais, An der Frauenkirche 12, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 “Pirnaischer Platz” stop.


Monday, 27 November: Bluegrass Jamboree (Bluegrass & Americana Music Festival)

According to Wikipedia, “Bluegrass is a form of American roots music, and a related genre of country music. It has mixed roots in Irish, Scottish and English traditional music, and was also later influenced by the music of African-Americans through incorporation of jazz elements.” This year’s Bluegrass Jamboree festival is touring Germany between November and December 2017, finally arriving in Dresden this Monday! The concert will feature three bands from the United States, presenting the best of this colorful musical genre that is guaranteed to put you in a good mood.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Starting at 17,60 EUR; How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstr. 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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Tuesday, 28 November: Sneak Preview

Each Tuesday, the cinema “Cineplex Rundkino” presents a new movie in English. In the so called ‘Sneak Preview’ you never know what movie you’ll see. It could be a romantic comedy or a thriller – or something completely different. Part of the excitement is not knowing which genre awaits you but the best thing about the ‘Sneak Preview’ is that you’ll watch a movie before its official release date.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 “Walpurgisstraße” stop.

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Wednesday, 29 November: Opening of the 583 Dresden Striezelmarkt

The moment we have all been waiting for is finally here, Dresden’s most traditional Christmas market is finally back! Enjoy Germany’s oldest Christmas market, which has given Dresden the unofficial title of Germany’s Christmas capital! The official opening will include an ecumenical service followed by the cutting of a 2017 mm long stollen, Dresden’s official Christmas cake, which will then be shared among the visitors present. Until December 24 you have the chance to enjoy delicious food, ranging from the traditional German sausages, to wild boar meat, or even sweet waffles sprouted with sugar, or just have a nice cup of warm Glühwein, the season’s traditional spiced wine, as you get lost between the hundreds of stalls selling decorative or winter-related items. If visiting on the weekend, be ready for crowds, as people from all over the country and from abroad travel to our city to visit this beautiful market.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 to “Altmarkt” or 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 to “Postplatz” stop.


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