Tips for the upcoming week
25 – 31 January 2018

This chandelier looks smaller than it is – and it is big! (Photo: S. Schückel)

Thursday, 25 January: Anne Clark – I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow (Film)

Anne Clark, the English poet and spoken word-artist, has been celebrated worldwide on stage for more than 30 years. As a pioneer in electronic music, she set standards as an iconic eloquent, yet modest rebel shaped by the punk scene. Her poetry work with experimental musicians occupies a region bounded roughly by electronic, dance and avant-garde genres, with varying hard as well as orchestral styles. Her lyrics deal mainly with the imperfections of humanity, everyday life and politics. All in all, she has been highly idolized over the board of synth-pop and new wave music, especially across Europe. Join director Claus Withopf as he accompanies Clark for nearly a decade, providing insight into her life and work.

Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße‘ stop.

Friday, 26 January: Semper Opera Ball 2018

Every year, the largest classical entertainment event in German-speaking Europe is held in Dresden at the Semper Opera. This year, under the slogan “Magical Dresden – having a ball”, over 2500 guests will dance in their finest gowns until the early morning hours surrounded by stars and guests involved in politics, science, culture and high society. If you weren’t able to buy a ticket to watch the event from the inside of the opera, do not worry, as around 15000 people who also weren’t able to get a ticket will gather in front of the opera anyway to watch the stars arrive and enjoy a program set up on the outside stage by MDR and its presenters. Here, you will not only be close to the stars but will also have the chance to dance under the stars, as the theater square transforms itself into the world’s largest dance floor once everyone joins together for a waltz. This is something you will not be able to see or experience anywhere else in the world and is definitely worth it. Following the dance, an incredible fireworks show will light up the skies of the old city, bringing this magical January night to an end but keeping it in the guest’s memories for years to come!

Beginning: Official start at 6 p.m., Opening gala begins at 9 p.m.; Admission: Over 1000 EUR for seats inside, FREE outside; How to get there: Semperoper, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

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Saturday, 27 January: 20 Years NTSO feat. Dresden Hepcats (Concert+Party)

To celebrate their 20 anniversary, the New Town Swing Orchestra, or NTSO for short, will be put on a huge swing party this weekend! The first part of the show will be in the form of a concert, where NTSO will present their current repertoire as well as their most popular songs. Next, it’s time for the Dresden Hepcats to come out and join the band for a true swing dance party, where everyone will have the chance to dance their hearts out with Lindy Hop, Charleston, Balboa and Shag & Blues. For the fans of swing-music by artists such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller, this is definitely and event that you cannot miss! Whether it’s just to enjoy the music or to dance the winter away, this is an event for those who want to end their Saturday in a good mood!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 17,50 EUR Regular, 13,10 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Die Tonne im Kurländer Palais, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3,7 ‘Synagoge’ stop.

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Sunday, 28 January: Welcome Center Ice Skating

The days are getting longer again and it seems it is getting warmer outside, too. You are not much of a winter fan? Or are you? Well, whether it is to celebrate the joys of winter for one last time or the joy of winter soon being over, the Welcome Center team has prepared an event for this occasion: Let’s go ice skating one last time this season. This is also a great opportunity for Friederike and Rudi (aka the new cultural events-team) to get to know all the new and already well-known faces. This weekend, we will meet at the Energieverbund Arena and spend a nice afternoon at the indoor and outdoor ice rink. You can bring your own ice skates or rent a pair for €4. Note that, to rent skates, depositing your valid national ID card, passport or residence card is required as a security. Furthermore, you don´t have to pay in advance at the Welcome Center but you simply show up and pay your fee at the box office. Are you excited to celebrate winter for one last time or to finally say goodbye to the cold season? Then join us to have fun on the ice rink!

Beginning: 2:30 p.m.; Admission: 4,50 EUR Regular, 3,50 EUR Reduced ; How to get there: EnergieVerbund Arena Dresden, Magdeburger Str. 10, 01167 Dresden; TRAM 4, 6, 11 ‘Kongresszentrum, Haus der Presse’ stop.

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Monday, 29 January: Feature Ring – Lutz Adrian Streun

It all began in 2007, when the “Ring Trio” band founded their concert series known as “Feature Ring”, which was an absolute success in various Dresden venues. Ever since 2012, “Feauture Ring” has settled in the European Center for Arts in Hellerau, inviting new guests each month who are open to new musical experiments with a variety of instruments. To kick off this year’s first featured performance, Hellerau welcomes Lutz Adrian Streun, the bass clarinetist who blurs the borders between pop and jazz. He is well-known for his weekly appearances on the television show of German satirist Jan Böhmermann, but also tours the country with the trio “Three Fall”. Come out to Hellerau this Monday and start your week with some great music!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 10 EUR Regular, 6 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

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Tuesday, 30 January: Concert with Paul McKenna

If you are a true fan of folk music, then you most likely already know about who is coming to Dresden this Tuesday, the band described by the New York Times as “the best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years”. Based in the scottisch folk-rennaissance capital of Glasgow, the Paul McKenna Band has been enjoying huge success ever since being named the best up and coming artist of 2009 at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards. Performing worldwide to sold out venues, their talent is confirmed by Folk Radio, in the UK, claiming that “the band are sounding greater than ever, Scotland’s folk and traditional music are in good hands.” In 2016 the band celebrated its 10-year anniversary and visited Dresden for the first time, now, you cannot miss the chance to see them perform once more in our city in the Dreikönigskirche! Be quick to buy your tickets as this concert will most likely sell out!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Prices starting at 13,20 EUR; How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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Wednesday, 31 January: HipHop – OpenMic

Perhaps none of this week’s tips caught your attention because you don’t really enjoy swing, jazz, or folk, but if hip hop is your style then we’ve got the right tip for you on Wednesday! Right in the middle of the week, ready to give you that extra push you may need for the second half of the week and to begin February with some good vibes, the Neustadt club Groovestation opens its doors for new talents from Dresden and around Germany for an open mic session! All rappers, MCs and singers are welcome to spit out their rhymes to the beats of Dresden’s finest hip hop band “daensn”. Maybe this is your time to shine and show your true talents when freestyling or perhaps you’d just like to come along to watch other talented rappers think of new rhymes live while on stage. Come along and enjoy Dresden’s most successful live hip-hop show!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 2 EUR; How to get there: GrooveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.


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