Thursday, 28 December: Classical and Improvisations (Concert)
Ulrich Thiem (cello) and Andreas Böttcher (piano) support but also provoke each other on stage. Get ready for a musical journey from Bach to Hindemith, with intermissions including freely improvised music and cello solos. The result is a true musical collage on various acustic levels, so rich that you can expect even the musicians themselves to change places around stage throughout the performance. Thiem is already well known in Dresden’s musical scene, having already performed in many venues including the annual summer festival “Palais Sommer”. Alongside Böttcher, he is known for performances that take audiences from Bach to Blues.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.
Admission: free, donation-based
How to get there: Saxstall, Dorfstr. 87, 01737 Pohrsdorf bei Tharandt bei Dresden, S-BAHN S3 until “Tharandt” stop, then BUS 363 to “Abzweig Fördergersdorf” stop.
More information: www.saxstall.de
Friday, 29 December: The Last Clown on Earth
This is your last chance to watch the DEREVO Dance Theater Company’s performace of “Der letzte Clown auf Erden” (The Last Clown on Earth) in Hellerau, so be sure not to miss it! The dance company was originally founded in 1988 in St. Petersburg, however, since 1996 it has held its main base in Dresden. It still maintains close ties to Russia and has ever since been awarded a variety of prizes, including the Russian “Golden Mask” and the “Total Theater Award” at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. With “The Clown” DEREVO seeks to achieve three main goals. First, to immortalize the figure of the Clown. Second, to forbid a life without laughter, and finally, to affirm the size of the sacrifice the Actor must bring, in order to have his work live forever. All of this always with a smile!
Beginning: 8 p.m.
Admission: 23 EUR regular admission, 12 EUR reduced
How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht- Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 “Festspielhaus Hellerau” stop.
More information: http://en.hellerau.org/der-letzte-clown-auf-erden
Saturday, 30 December: Guided Tour of the Dresden Castle
The Dresden Castle, also known as the Royal Palace, is one of the most striking buildings in the city’s old town, greeting visitors coming from the Augustus bridge with its imposing façade. It is one of th city’s oldest buildings and for almost 400 years it was the home of the electors and kings of Saxony. On Saturdays, the castle provides guided tours of the facilities in English, with walks which will take you through the “Neues Grünes Gewölbe” (baroque treasury) and the “Rüstkammer” (collection of parade weaponry and costumes). Both collections contain truly impressive items, the highlights including a 41-carat green diamond showcased inside the baroque treasury.
Beginning: 2 p.m.
Admission: 14 EUR regular, 11 EUR reduced, plus 4,50 EUR for the guided tour
How to get there: Residenzschloss, Taschenberg 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 “Postplatz” stop.
More information: https://gruenes-gewoelbe.skd.museum/en/besuch/
Sunday, 31 December: Open-Air New Year’s Eve Party
It’s hard to believe that 2017 is already coming to an end but on Sunday evening, when the clock strikes twelve it’s time to welcome the new year! This year, Dresden’s largest and most traditional fireworks show in front of the Semper Opera has unfortunately been cancelled due to the repair works being done on the Augustus bridge, however, get ready for a loud night with colorful skies as many residents head out to the streets with their own fireworks and put on a collective show! Various hotels and restaurants will also make up for the missing show on the Theaterplatz by organizing their own fireworks shows, one of them being Dresden’s oldest brewery, Waldschlösschen! The brewery/restaurant offers a fantastic view of the old city and is definitely one of the best places to watch the fireworks as it is right next to the river! The New Year’s party will also include warm glühwein to keep you warm, delicious bratwurst straight out of the barbecue, party music, and of course, the brewery’s signature beer fresh out of the tap. Definitely one of the best places in town to enjoy the first moments of 2018 with friends!
Beginning: 8 p.m.
How to get there: Brauhaus am Waldschlösschen, Am Brauhaus 8b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 “Waldschlößchen” stop.
Monday, 1 January: Light and Gold (New Year’s Concert)
It’s the beginning of a new year, and you are hoping for a relaxed, calm, stress-free 2018? Perhaps kicking off the first day of January with a peaceful musical concert might be a step in the right direction! Dresden’s Vocalis ensemble is celebrating their 10th year anniversary and has put together a collection of their all-time best performances. With works from Felix Mendelssohn, Max Reger, Eric Whitacre and many more, this promises to be a moving concert, set within the backdrop of one of Dresden’s oldest churches.
Beginning: 4 p.m.
Admission: 15 EUR full price, 10 EUR reduced (when bought online, tickets bought on the spot are more expensive)
How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Neustädter Markt’ stop or TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Tuesday, 2 January: Sneak Preview
Every Tuesday, the Rundkino in Dresden shows one of its new, not-yet released movies in the form of a sneak preview. For those who love surprises, this is the perfect place, as you never know what kind of movie you will get! You might be surprised with the latest romatic comedy, but don’t be too scared if you happen to find yourself watching a terrifying horror film! Who knows, you might just discover your new favorite movie, which you would otherwise have never watched!
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.
How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 “Walpurgisstraße” stop.
More information and tickets: www.cineplex.de/film/sneak-preview/78321/dresden
Wednesday, 3 January: Tasty Wednesday (Beer Tasting)
Are you a beer fan but sometimes feel overwhelmed by the amount of different kinds of beer out there? Does it seem impossible to try more than two or three different types before your wallet begins to seem empty and your steps are no longer straight? At Zapfanstalt’s weekly “Tasty Wednesday” event, you have the chance to try 20 different beers out of the tap, each for the small amount of 1 euro filled in a smaller tasting glass. This is your chance to become a true beer-tasting master, but maybe try and go slow, the event is held every week so there is no rush to try and taste all 20 kinds in one evening! For those who find the 20 different beers out of the tap not to be enough, that shouldn’t be a problem, as this Neustadt bar also has over 100 different bottled beers in stock!
Beginning: 6 p.m.
How to get there: Zapfanstalt, Sebnitzer Str. 15, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13, “Alaunplatz” stop.