Friday, 10 May: Long Night of the Galleries and Museums
Friday night is the international day to meet up with friends and either relax or party to close up a week of hard work. This week, why not invite your friends for a somewhat different program: art exhibition hopping! Starting at 6 pm, 18 museums and art galleries all throughout the Inner Neustadt’s Baroque Quartier will open their doors for the public free of charge, giving anyone the chance to check out the exhibitions on show. The event as a whole doesn’t have any particular theme, as each gallery has its own particular style. While one exhibition may be entirely made up of photographs, you may be surprised to find a contemporary art installation next-door! For those who are curious to see what is on the schedule, feel free to check out the link below which includes a map of all participating galleries and museums as well as the exhibitions that will be on show on Friday. Everything is within walking distance, so you may get off either at Albertplatz and walk your way down to the after-party on the Palaisplatz or get off on the Golden Rider and make your way up into the bohemian Outer Neustadt, where you may end the evening in a bar with friends. For those who want to turn the night into day, the after-party will begin at 11 pm at the Club Standesamt (Palaisplatz 2).
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: All throughout the Inner Neustadt, check out the link below for all the participating venues.
More information: https://www.langenachtdergalerienundmuseen.de/programm/
Saturday, 11 May: Street Fest in Radebeul
We at the Welcome Center love including events in Radebeul in our weekly tips, simply because it is one of the many beautiful places around Dresden and probably one of the most easily reachable by public transport. This weekend, all meat lovers are invited to a delicious street festival taking place in the western part of this adorable city. For those who haven’t yet had the chance to pay a visit to Radebeul, it is the direct neighbouring city on the north-western side of Dresden and is sometimes called the Saxon Nizza because of its wonderful landscapes. On the right bank of the Elbe, its hills are covered by vineyards and topped with the most picturesque little castles. However, the event this weekend is not hosted by any of the many wineries present in the city but rather by one of its traditional butcheries. Here, you will find juicy homemade burgers accompanied by delicious Kötzsch Beer, which is also brewed directly in Radebeul. In addition, pulled pork directly out of the ceramic grill as well as the traditional bratwurst and steaks also await the visitors. Come out and bring a lot of hunger with you for a delicious Saturday in an idyllic location!
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Landfleischerei Schempp, Meißner Str. 279, 01445 Radebeul; S-Bahn S1 to ‘Radebeul’ or TRAM 4 to ‘Radebeul Moritzburger Straße’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/324655154824118/
Sunday, 12 May: First Dresden Beer Fair
Throughout the world, Germany is often associated with beer. No wonder, as the country is home to an immense amount of breweries, ranging from the small local family run businesses all the way to giant international ventures. However, this weekend’s event on the Prager Straße is not really about German beer. At least not entirely. For the first time, the now over 30 year old Beer Fair is making its way to Dresden and with it come over 400 different kinds of beer from around the globe. Beginning on Friday afternoon, Dresden’s main pedestrian street will transform itself into the city’s largest beer garden. Around 30 stands will offer an array of foods and drinks which will surely cater to any taste. As for the available beers, the choice of brands stretches from Bavaria over Croatia all the way around the globe to Singapore. Take a walk around and try out beers from all different continents to find out your favourite! Once you have a winner, the food stands invite you to just sit down and enjoy your delicious newly find favourite beer while enjoying a lovely meal.
Opening Hours: Fri and Sat 3 pm – 11 p.m., Sun 11 am – 8 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Prager Straße, 01067 Dresden
More information (German): https://www.bierboerse.com/
Monday, 13 May: 20 Years of the Kunsthofpassage
Since it opened for the public 20 years ago, the Kunsthof, also known as the Kunsthofpassage, has become one of the most visited spots in the outer Neustadt neighbourhood. For all who are new to Dresden, this wonderfully decorated passage between the Görlitzer Straße and the Alaunstraße is definitely worth a visit. The passage is made up of five different courtyards, each with its own decorative theme. Projected entirely by native Dresden architects and decorated by a number of German artists, here you will find the courtyard of colourful beings, light, elements, metamorphosis, and animals. Since it’s not every day that a place turns twenty, a week-long festival to celebrate the passage’s birthday will take place from Monday, the 13th, until Saturday, the 18th. Throughout the week, a full program has been put together, with daily shows and concerts happening from 5 pm to 8 pm (except on Saturday, from 10 am to 6 pm). If you’d like to check out the program in advance, take a look on the link below which has all acts listed and includes a few links where you may get a taste of the musical styles present. Come out and celebrate the 20th birthday of this wonderful artistic attraction!
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kunsthofpassage Dresden, Görlitzer Straße 21-25 or Alaunstraße 70, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ or ‘Alaunplatz’ stops.
More information (German): https://kunsthof-dresden.de/20-jahre-kunsthof/
Tuesday, 14 May: Queer Lives Matter (Film + Discussion)
“Queer Lives Matter is a documentary about young LGBT-activists around the world. The filmmaker embarks on a journey to human rights defenders in Germany, Turkey, Morocco, South Africa, India, and Greece. Despite the oppression, these brave people fight for equal rights. For example, Ndumie Funda fights for more security for lesbians in Cape Town, South Africa. With her organisation “Luleki Sizwe”, she raises awareness for the everyday violence young lesbian women have to face in the city.” (Text in quotes taken from movie website). This powerful 30 minute long documentary accompanies Berlin journalist Markus Kowalski as he embarks on a journey to five different countries to register the stories of queer activists worldwide. This Tuesday’s showing of the movie will include the presence of Kowalski, who will participate in an open discussion at the end. Of course, the event will also focus on the situation of queer citizens in Saxony and hopes to bring awareness for the importance of activism for the LGBTQIA* community in today’s ever changing world. Whether you are queer or not, participation is open and encouraged for all.
Beginning: 8 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.
More information: https://queerlivesmatter.com/
Wednesday, 15 May: Wille and the Bandits (Concert)
Wille and the Bandits are a British-based band who play a variety of different genres spanning across the Blues, Rock, Latin and Folk styles. The band currently consists of Wille Edwards, Matthew Brooks and Andrew Naumann. To date, they have released five studio albums and one live album. The band was founded in 2010 in Cornwall, UK, taking inspiration on a variety of artists such as Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, and Jimi Hendrix. The band has played in a number of renowned European festivals such as Glastonbury, Shambala, and Greenbelt. Its success even led the Daily Telegraph to list it as one of the top three UK unsigned bands. Now you also have the chance to watch this incredible band play live as they head to Dresden for an unforgettable concert on Wednesday. Invite your friends and come out to watch one of the best UK bands to perform in Dresden this year!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 21,60 EUR; How to get there: Club Tante JU, An der Schleife 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Industriegelände’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2199658000052717/
Thursday, 16 May: Just in Time – Letters to Dance
(Text taken from the Hellerau website) “Just in Time is a choreographic letter project that has so far been realized in various international cities in order to meet people and talk to them about dance, to dance and to write individual letters to the dance. These letters are documents and snapshots of an encounter with dance, often written in less than half an hour. The project will travel to Dresden in May 2019. In this period, visitors can not only obtain information about the letter project, but also interactively formulate their own letters to dance and favourite movements in two workshops on 16 and 17 May. Texts and pictures from various cities will be on display.”
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 11 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: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/just-in-time-letters-to-dance/