Tips for the upcoming week
4 – 10 January 2018

Street music under the Dresden palace bridge (Photo: C. Reichert)



For all of you who arrived Dresden in the last two years or keep coming back as researchers to our wonderful city there is a special invitation: DRESDEN-concept along with the rector of our university and the lord mayor of Dresden invites you and your partner to a Welcome Reception at Albertinum Dresden on 11 January 2018. So only a few days to go… Please register as soon as possible to give us an idea about how many international researcher we can expect that evening. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
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Thursday, 4 January: The Voltz Brothers at Fiete (Concert)

Start 2018 with live music guaranteed to put you in a good mood! Tonight at the Neustadt’s “Fiete Behnersens v-cake” café, the band trio “The Voltz Brothers” will be playing their repertoire of bluegrass and folk. Tom, Steve and Chris have been pleasing the crowds for years, with classics from Hank Williams, Bill Monroe, Merle Travis as well as their own compositions. These three young musicians have found a home away from home in Dresden and use their upbeat music to play away their homesickness! If you would like to make a reservation, you may do so by directly messaging the venue through facebook (see link below). Food and drinks will be provided by the café at the regular prices.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Fiete Behnersens v-cake, Rothenburger Straße 14, 01099 Dresden, TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner-/Rothenburger Str.’ stop.

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Friday, 5 January: Room+Style (Exposition)

If you are in need of some inspiration to decorate your flat or house, this is just the place for you! This weekend, the Room+Style exposition fair will present ideas and products from various different companies, all directed towards aestethics and style when it comes to indoor decoration. With exclusive and high end quality products within a special atmosphere, this is a show for those who enjoy a trendy lifestyle. Together with the Room+Style fair, you may also visit the parallel Fashion+Style fair, for those interested in fashionable clothes, shoes, accessories and much more. As if these two fairs weren’t enough, this year the organizers included a third section, the Neue ArT fair, presenting the newest trends in modern art! All three will be open from Friday until Sunday, for the exact opening times as well as tickets, please refer to the link below.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: 12 EUR Full price, 9 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Messe Dresden, Messering 6, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 10 stop ‘Messe Dresden’.

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Saturday, 6 January: Dresdner Rauhnächte

According to Christian tradition, the 6 of January marks the arrival of the wise men to visit baby Jesus in the nativity scene. The twelve days between Christmas and what is known in some cultures as the day of the three kings (referring to the wise men or kings) are referred to as the twelve days of Christmas, or in the German speaking world as Rauhnächte. A number of myths surround this magical time in between the years, including the appearance of ghosts and other spirits. The twelth night marks the end of this time and also the end of the fair celebrating this time in the Dresdner Stallhof, next to the city castle. On Saturday you have your last chance to visit this middle ages-themed market, where you have the chance to visit over 50 different booths, selling not only food but also various different kinds of handcrafted goods. If you didn’t visit the Stallhof’s Christmas market during the Christmas season, then do not miss this last chance to take a look at one of Dresden’s most beautiful and traditional markets!

Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresdner Stallhof, Kanzleigässchen, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

Sunday, 7 January: Guided Tour of Dresden’s Synagogue

Did you know that the Dresden Synagogue was the first synagogue built in Eastern Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989? Its foundation stone was lain exactly 162 years after the laying of the foundation stone of the old, now destroyed, Semper Synagogue and was inaugurated in 2001. Following its reopening, it won the international architectural prize from the “World Architecture” magazine as the best construction in Europe for the year 2001. Join this guided tour on Sunday to learn more interesting facts about our city’s synagogue and why it has become such an important piece of Dresden’s skyline. The tour will also provide interesting information regarding the different aspects of Jewish life and religion in Dresden today and in the past. Men participating in the tour are kindly requested to cover their heads with a hat or kippah, which may be borrowed from the synagogue.

Beginning: 2 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR Full price, 4 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Neue Synagoge, Hasenberg 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 “Synagoge” stop.

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Monday, 8 January: ESN Café Lingua

Following the winter pause, Café Lingua is back! To kick off the new year, this week’s featured languages are Polish, French, and Finnish. As Polish and Finnish are considered to be two of the most difficult languages to learn in Europe, it is understandable if you still do not know much about them, however, this shouldn’t be a reason to keep you from coming, as you will definitely find interesting conversations in English and German! If you happen to be learning or want to learn one of these three languages, then you have no excuse not to be there and enjoy an international evening filled with conversations in languages from all around the globe! If you cannot make it to the meeting point at 8 p.m., you may also join the group later at TiR Na NOG (Bischofsweg 34).

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Albertplatz, near the Vodafone shop; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 “Albertplatz” stop.

Tuesday, 9 January: New Years Concert

From the 9 until the 14 of January, the Staatsoperette Orchestra as well as a number of soloists bring you into the new year with their traditional New Years Concerts. Maestro Andreas Schüller leads the way into 2018 with works from Rossini, Strauss and Beethoven, all powerful names in classical music to give you a jump start in the new year! Strauss is known as the waltz king from Vienna, but his story is more intertwined with Dresden as many may think, as the composer visited the city many times throughout his lifetime. In fact, the city plays an important role in two of his compositions, his last waltz “on the Elbe” and his operetta “Waldmeister” transport the audience to Saxony’s capital city. Along with the works from Vienna, pieces from Paris will also be played, with parts from Rossini’s famous operas such as “William Tell” and “The Barber of Seville”. To end the show, March music will be played in accordance to the audience’s wishes. The audience will have the chance to choose from six different Marches, each described only through its title but not its composer. Definitely a great way to musically begin 2018!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission:Prices ranging from 11,50 EUR to 33 EUR; How to get there: Saal im Kraftwerk Mitte, Kraftwerk Mitte 1, 01067 Dresden, TRAM 1, 2, 6, 10 or S-BAHN S1, S2 “Bahnhof Mitte” stop.

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Wednesday, 10 January: Retro SciFi: Metropolis

Film critic Roger Ebert once claimed that “Metropolis is one of the greatest achievments of the silent era, a work so audacious in its vision and so angry in its message that it is, if anything, more powerful today than when it was made.” His point of view is shared by “Empire Magazine”, which ranked the movie at number 2 in a list of the 100 greatest films of the Silent Era, as well as the 115 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, where the film has a 99% positive rating. A true masterpiece, Metropolis is a German production directed by Fritz Lang and was released in 1927. The movie depicts a futuristic urban dystopia and follows the attempts of Freder, the wealthy son of the city’s ruler, and Maria, a poor worker, to overcome the vast gulf separating the classes of their city. On Wedneday, this 90 year old movie will be shown at the Kino im Kasten accompanied with live music by Komfortrauschen, for those who love old movies this is a definite must!

Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kino im Kasten, August-Bebel-Str. 20, 01219 Dresden; BUS 66 “Weberplatz” stop.

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