Tips for the upcoming week
(28 September – 04 October 2017)

Fall is here and so are grapes and the vineyard festivities (Photo: D. Napitupulu)

General tip for the upcoming weeks: 27th Annual Intercultural Days (24.09. – 08.10.2017)

Dirk Hilbert, the Major of Dresden introduces the program of this year’s intercultural days as follows:  It is wrong to think of integration as a one-way street. It is also wrong to think of integration as a new phenomenon. Believing that integration will not work, reduces everybody’s courage. The slogan for this year’s Intercultural Days – Diversity created together – calls for a conscious effort to act and is an appeal to the creativity of each individual, not just that of the immigrants. We all must do something to be able to be successful together. For this we need ideas and I am particularly pleased that the programme for the 27th Intercultural Days in Dresden, which take place in 120 locations, is so colourful and creative. Lectures, concerts, children’s and family events, exhibitions, film screenings, discussion rounds, and much more invite everybody to come to contact with others and to share experiences.
Here is the full programme in English. Enjoy:


Thursday, 28. September 2017: Chopin meets Jazz

If you like Jazz and classic music, this is the perfect event for you. Young Polish musicians play the music of the Chopin and construct their own jazz arrangement around it. And you will get the chance to visit Schloss Albrechtsberg for very little money. So don’t hesitate and spend the evening with great music and in a great atmosphere.
Beginning: 9 p.m; Admission: €7, or €5, if you bring your student-ID card; How to get there: Schloss Albrechtsberg, Bautzner Straße 130, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Elbschlösser’ stop.

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Friday, 29. September 2017: Svavar Knutor

Hailing from the harsh Icelandic western fjords, Icelandic Troubadour Svavar Knútur, summons his inner demons and outer storms to reflect upon the existential crises and frolicking joys of modern day rustic fjord dwelling men. Channeling the pain and angst of long dark winters and the insomnia of the 24 hour glaring summer sun, this eclectic musician has in recent years blossomed into a serene and sublime singer and songwriter. Knutur’s songs of misery and redemption deliver a healthy dose of hope in the midst of despair.  A humoristic storyteller and avid scuba diver into the murky waters of the human condition, Svavar Knútur, sows and reeps a fantastic mixture of art and entertainment.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €18; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne im Kurländer Palais, Tzschirnerplatz 3, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 3,7 ‘Synagoge’ stop.

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Saturday, 30 September 2017: Intercultural street festival for the whole family

Different clubs and initiatives in Dresden present themselves. There will be a colourful stage programme, various activities for children and adults, as well as culinary samples from all over the world to try. Spend an exciting day with us!
Beginning: 12 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Albertplatz, TRAM 3,6,7,8,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

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Saturday, 30 September: La Traviata (opera)

The Parisian courtesan Violetta Valery loves to throw glittering parties at which she is the centre of attention. Making light of a deadly illness, she wishes to show no weakness as this would lead to social estrangement. She meets Alfredo, who falls in love with her. The couple move to the country to begin a new life together. However, Alfredo’s father Giorgio demands that Violetta renounce his son in order to save the family’s reputation. She returns to Paris, leaving Alfredo a farewell letter. Following her, they meet at a ball where Violetta is accompanied by a former lover. Using money, he has made from gambling, Alfredo publicly insults Violetta. He only later learns from his father the true reason for the sudden separation. Seeking his beloved, Alfredo finds a woman in the final throes of death.
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: €99, or €10, if you bring your student-ID card and go to the box office 30 min. before the event starts; How to get there: Semperoper Dresden, Theaterplatz 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4,8,9 ‘Theaterplatz’ stop.

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Sunday, 01 October 2017: Fall and wine festival Radebeul

For the 27. time already, the small town of Radebeul hosts its famous fall and wine festival. And this year, they even combined it with the international traveling theatre festival. So if you take the train to Radebeul this Sunday, you will not only find great wine and typical vintners cuisine, but also lots of carnies and showmen from all over Europe. Because this year, that is the topic – to celebrate the beauty of Europe. So take your friends and some money and enjoy an afternoon filled with delicious Saxon wine, great food and wonderful shows.
Time: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: 01445 Radebeul; TRAM 4 ‚Schildenstraße ,Radebeul’ stop.

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 Monday, 02 October 2017: Amariszi

The Dutch band Amariszi is known for their captivating and exhilarating Balkan inspired pop music performed by bass & drums, guitar, horn section and accordion. Original compositions with feel-good arrangements create an accessible music attracting a wide audience: this approach has helped the group acquire a respected position within the Balkan scene. Merel Simons’ role is noteworthy, as she became the figurehead of the band, through her bright timbre and splendid diction.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €12; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7,8,13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.

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 Day of German Unity – Tuesday, 03 October 2017: Open door day at the state parliament

 The state parliament of Saxony (Sächsischer Landtag) is opening its doors to interested citizens and residents of Saxony. They offer guided tours explaining the political system and the work done in this building. They will also talk about the history of the building and the history of democracy in Saxony. Besides that, you can talk to members of parliament or take a seat in the plenary.
Time: 2 – 6 p.m. Admission: free; How to get there: Sächsischer Landtag, Bernhard-von-Lindenau Platz 1, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, BUS 94 ‘Postplatz‘ stop.

More information: (in German only)


Wednesday, 04 October 2017: Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company

Spare and austere in atmosphere, the ballet offers a detailed, musical rendering of apparently infinite extrapolations upon classical technique, while freeing the dancers from its conventional logic. Like many different possible conversations, a succession of beautiful duos – from a combative encounter between two men at the start of the work, circling one another with edgy athleticism, to a tender pas de deux in which a woman is swept through the air in arabesque with a slow, sculptural inevitability – forms the heart of the piece. (Roslyn Sulcas)
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: €21, or €11, if you bring your student ID-card; 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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