Friday, 1 February: 14th Semper Opera Ball
One of Dresden’s most beautiful and famous annual events takes place this Friday, as all of Germany turns its eyes towards the Semper Opera for the 14th edition of its beautiful ball. A true gala event, this is somewhat similar to the German edition of the Academy Awards, where nearly 2,500 prominent figures all come together for a magical evening. The event is broadcast to millions of people watching all around Europe and includes ballet and other dance performances, a live orchestra, as well as a wonderful debutante show including 100 couples. The highlight of the night takes place outside the opera, as the entire Theaterplatz transforms itself into the world’s largest dance floor for an unforgettable waltz with over 15,000 people taking part. If you haven’t yet had the chance to attend this one of a kind event, then all you need is a dance partner, maybe a few videos to learn how to waltz and you are ready to go! If you have the money to spare and are still able to get tickets inside, prices start off at a whopping €325, however, the Theaterplatz is open for all, where the happenings in the inside will be broadcast free of charge!
Beginning: 6 p.m., dance at 11 p.m., check below for the full program; Admission: Free; How to get there: Semper Opera Dresden, Theaterplatz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.semperopernball.de/en/home.html
Saturday, 2 February: To Da Bone
(Text taken from the event description) “TO DA BONE turns up the volume and leaves the stage to young jumpers from the suburbs of European metropolises. In new formations they move into the dance rebellion against collective fatigue in our present.
On the Internet it is possible to meet like-minded people of all kinds. The Jumpers with their electrifying leaps to hard 150 beats per minute also form such a community that exists between the digital and the real world. They film their short jump-style sequences and share them with the whole world via YouTube. Freed from the idea of how contemporary dance should be, the dancers create their own system of recognition and professionalism. The group of jumpers dances to the point of breathlessness and radiates inner strength and self-confidence with their fanatical energy. La Horde creates impressive images for the intimate revolt of youth, which has found new means of mobilization through social media.” You also have a chance to catch this high energy performance on Sunday, however, the Saturday performance will be followed by an after-show party, don’t miss out!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/to-da-bone/
Sunday, 3 February: 13th HandmaDDe Market
From fashion to furniture, from stationery to toys, this weekend an array of different products will be presented at Dresden’s 13th HandmaDDe Market. As the name suggests, all products are handcrafted, ensuring a high quality and a uniqueness to the items. This is also a great event for those who enjoy making handcrafted items themselves, whether it be to take note of new ideas for the future or perhaps to establish new contacts with the exhibitors. For the small guests, a flower workshop, a painting and coloring area as well as a face painting corner will definitely keep them very well entertained! If hunger strikes, the market will also have food stands to make sure that everyone has an enjoyable afternoon. If you would like to already plan your visit in advance, be sure to check out the website linked below, where a list of the nearly 100 exhibitors may be found.
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: 4 EUR; How to get there: Alter Schlachthof, Gothaer Straße 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4, 9 ‘Alter Schlachthof’ stop.
More information (German): https://handmademarkt.de/
Monday, 4 February: 28th Science Beer
The next ScienceBeer is around the corner. You might be asking yourself: “What is a Science Beer!?” Science Beer is talking Science while drinking Beer (though we are not just limited to beer, all sorts of drinks, warm and cold, alcoholic and not alcoholic are available), with people like you! Here in a relaxed and unofficial atmosphere, we share our ideas and thoughts, we find companions or opponents, we get advices from PhD, PostDocs and Professors of different fields of study, and we have fun! Each ScienceBeer starts with a short presentation by our ScienceBrewers. The poster of each ScienceBeer gives you a hint about the topic of the day. Be sure to check out the link below and take a look at the poster/cover image. After the presentation we sit together and start an open discussion. Come and have a sip of “Science Beer” with us! (Text taken directly from the event description on Facebook)
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Max-Großstadtcafé, Wilsdruffer Straße 24, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/276914829642196/
Tuesday, 5 February: The Sonic Dawn
Time for a musical time journey back to the 60s! If you’re looking for some psychedelic music, then this is just the concert to go to! The event description taken from its Facebook reads: “The Sonic Dawn return to Dresden on their biggest tour ever, in support of their new album ECLIPSE. Don’t miss out on this multicolored experience at Ostpol. Following their first two albums, The Sonic Dawn have toured Europe more or less constantly, sharing the stage with acts such as Graveyard. Recently the Danish trio supported desert rock legend and label mate, Brant Bjork, on 15 European dates (including Beatpol, Dresden), only returning home to focus on their biggest work to date: ECLIPSE. The Sonic Dawn’s third LP, is the product of a full year’s labor, with all 13 tracks carefully selected among over 40 candidates. The result is a cinematic journey in sonic technicolor. Here, even the catchiest melody casts a mysterious shadow, and every mind altering solo is torn out of Emil Bureau’s guitar as if it owed him money.”
Beginning: 9 p.m. (Doors open at 8 p.m.); Admission: 11 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Str. 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/323827531713999/
Wednesday, 6 February: Vox Populi (Concert)
Following the musical time journey to the 60s on Tuesday, our tip for Wednesday will take you on a musical journey over the Atlantic to Latin America. The band Vox Populi is composed by Brazilian Eduardo Pinheiro and Venezuelan Jesús Carrillo, both students of Dresden’s Music College. Both have composed beautiful creations in a chamber music style which brings together typical musical motifs from their home countries. Jesus Carrillo was born in Trujillo in 1994 and has been studying music ever since he entered the Esteban Rasquin music school when he was just 10 years old. Ever since, he has studied different instruments and genres in music schools around the world. He received his bachelor of music degree from the Lübeck Music College and is now pursuing his flute master degree in the Carl Maria von Weber College in Dresden. Also pursuing his master degree but in the area of Jazz/Rock/Pop, Eduardo Pinheiro was born in the Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte in 1989. He received his guitar bachelor at the Minas Gerais Federal University and has continued his studies ever since through various workshops and courses. He has lead a number of musical projects and alongside his childhood friend, Juliano Camara, managed to win some of Brazil’s most important musical competitions and prizes. Don’t miss the chance to watch these very talented up and coming Dresden artists!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Kukulida, Martin-Luther-Str. 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner-/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2410336505731175/
Thursday, 7 February: After Work Life Goes On
It’s already Thursday and you cannot wait to party through the weekend? Well, who said that you have to wait until the weekend to party? At the Felix club you can come down right after work and have yourself a blast at what was voted Dresden’s most beautiful terrace. Not only will you have the chance to enjoy your evening with friends while dancing and sipping on some cocktails, the club offers a wonderful view over the Dresden Zwinger Palace. Is there a better way to spend a Thursday afternoon? Take the elevator up to the sixth floor where DJ Mouhi Arabi and DJess Frau Richter will make sure to get everyone on a good mood. The best part is that entry is free of charge for everyone, regardless of what time you arrive. Just try not to get too carried away by thinking it is already the weekend, otherwise making it to work on Friday might turn out to be a bit harder than expected. The good news though is that you will be in a great mood so that the party can go on as soon as you leave work on Friday!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Felix im Lebendigen Haus, Kleine Brüdergasse 5, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.