Tips for the upcoming week
8 – 14 February 2018

Beautiful view from Dresden Cotta (Photo: L. Mendes)

Thursday, 8 February: Wind River (German Premiere)

Do not miss the German premiere of this box office success, dealing with important yet relatively widely unknown issues on the last frontier of the American wilderness. This chilling thriller follows a rookie FBI agent who teams up with a local game tracker in order to investigate the murder of a girl on a remote Native American Reservation in the hopes of solving her mysterious death. The director, Taylor Sheridan, explained how the opening “inspired by true events” card was a reference to the thousands of actual stories just like it, involving sexual assault of women on reservations. On the one hand, this movie explores how someone can move forward after an unresolved tragedy, on the other, it is a critique to how people have been forced to live in a place where no human should ever live. This movie hopes to bring some attention to the issues faced by thousands of people who are often forgotten, the residents of Native American Reservations.

Beginning: 7:45 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.


Friday, 9 February: Erlebnis Modellbahn 2018 (Model Railway Fair)

Who said that model trains are just for children? At the annual model railway fair in Dresden, this is proven wrong, as hundreds of full grown adults join together to see, build, and learn about model railways. This is, of course, a great opportunity for those with small children to come out and watch the little locomotives, transport trains and passenger trains drive over tiny tracks past little mountains and cities. This weekend you have the chance to travel to Switzerland or around the corner to the Ore Mountains, or at least to a shrunken version of these. With a great attention to detail, the presentors have put in a lot of effort to make sure that their models are as beautiful as a model railway could be!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Messe Dresden, Messering 6, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 ‘Messe Dresden’ stop.

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Saturday, 10 February: Holler My Dear (Jazz Concert)

This young and international band from Berlin charms its audiences with its hearty jazz with a mix of folk acoustic-pop songs. The head of the band is Austrian Laura Winkler, whose passionate and detailed arrangements are sure to satisfy all ears. Part of what makes the show so great comes from the fluctuations of her dreamy and relaxing voice at one point and once again powerful  and energetic at the next. This is reflected in the band’s songs, which don’t focus much on a linear stability but rather on the ups and down that come with life. Following 160 successful concerts, including participations at the Reeperbahn Festival, Fusion Festival, Jazz open Stuttgart and many more, Holler My Dear is happy to present its third studio album “Steady As She Goes”. For the release of this new CD they couldn’t have picked a better location, as the concert this weekend here in Dresden marks not only their new album release but also kickstarts their German tour!

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, 8, 9 ‘Synagogue’ stop.

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Sunday, 11 February: KiWi Meets Banda Internationale (Kid Friendly Concert)

What would Dresden be without the famous “Banda Internationale”? They play at all kinds of venues in town but had also more than 60 gigs all over Germany. So it is definitely time to get to know the music played by musicians from Syria, Palestine, Iran and Iraq better if you haven’t heard them yet. Together with “KiWi”, an initiative who organizes intercultural events for kids (5+) they created a space where you and the kids will learn the power of percussion by using your body and learn how to use everyday objects to spontaneously create music.  So whether you have kids or simply want to release your inner child – this is the place to be.

Beginning: 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.; Admission: 5,50 EUR Regular, 3,30 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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Monday, 12 February: Jazz Fanatics

For the past 22 years, one of the Neustadt’s most well-known restaurants, the Scheune, has opened its doors every Monday for the recurring event “Jazz Fanatics”. As the name already suggests, this is the weekly performance of the Jafffanatics Orchestra, playing great jazz open for all! This is definitely one of the best ways to kick off your week, and maybe this can also be your new Monday evening event! If the Scheune has been able to keep this event going for 22 consecutive years, then surely you will be able to come by for at least a few weeks in a row as well! If you don’t consider yourself to be a jazz fanatic, then maybe this is just the event you were missing to change your mind!

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

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Tuesday, 13 February: Welcome Center joins the “Human Chain”

The 13 of February is without a doubt the most important but also most painful date in our city’s history. For those who have already been in Dresden for longer than a year, you might have noticed how this day carries a somewhat heavy aura to it, as the bells of the city all ring in unison in the afternoon in memory of all who were lost on the nights between the 13 and 15 of February in 1945. 73 years ago, the sirens sounded in Dresden at 21:51 and the first bombs were released at 22:14, from there on, a blanket of fire covered the old town, as more than 3,900 tons of high-explosive and incendiary bombs were then dropped on the city. In an act for peace and in a sign of the coming together, hundreds of Dresden’s residents now come together every year and join hands with one another, forming a giant human chain around the old city. If you would like to take part in this event along with the Welcome Center staff, then join us at the Welcome Center this Tuesday, as we all then go to the old city together and then later will go to the peace slam which will take place at the Dreikönigskirche.

Beginning: Meetup at 4:50 p.m..; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden-Concpet Welcome Center @ TU Dresden, Nürnberger Str. 31a, 01187 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Südvorstadt’ stop or BUS 61 ‘Bernhardstraße’ stop.

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Wednesday, 14 February: Welcome to Europe? (Art Exhibition)

We have just left Christmas and New Years behind and this Wednesday we will already greet this year’s first holiday event: Valentine’s Day! Although this day is not an official holiday in any country, it is well known worldwide as a day where lovers express their love to each other by presenting flowers, confectionery or by sending greeting cards to one another. If you are looking for something special to do on this day, there are a number of restaurants offering breakfasts, brunches, special menus and candlelit dinners, just be sure to make a reservation in advance so that you may get a place! For those who would like to do something different, the Studentenwerk is hosting an art exhibition which also deals with love, presenting pictures that depict the humanitarian aid provided by Doctors Without Borders and other NGO’s as they seek to provide help for all refugees fleeing war zones on the Balkan route. The exhibition goes to show how amongst so much fear, hunger and poverty, human love and compassion is still able to overcome all of these difficulties and provide help for those in need.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Studentenwerk Dresden, Galerie Stuwertinum (3 Floor inside the Studentenwerk building), Fritz-Löffler-Straße 18, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 8 or BUS 66 ‘Reichenbachstraße’ stop.


Thursday, 15 February: Holiday on Ice

Holiday On Ice has been enchanting audiences with breathtaking figure skating, impressive acrobatics, fantastic music and unique costumes for more than 70 years. The world’s most successful ice show tours Germany and Austria every winter with two spectacular productions. The “Time” show will take you on a moving journey where you can experience some of life’s most wonderful moments over again! Passionate choreographers have turned first love, first kisses or exciting adventures into an extraordinary show on ice. This beautiful show might even keep you wishing winter went on for a little longer, as you watch what beautiful figures can be accomplished when one glides over the ice! Be sure to get your ticket soon, as there is a high chance that the shows will sell out! Be sure to check out the website below for all available showdates in Dresden!

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Tickets starting at 36,90 EUR (From 25,90 EUR on Friday); How to get there: Messe Dresden, Messering 6, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 ‘Messe Dresden’ stop.

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