What’s On in Dresden
12 April – 18 April 2019

Wackerbath Castle in Radebeul (Pixabay license, free for use)

Friday, 12 April:  Hotel of the Immigrants

(Text taken from the Hellerau website)

“Argentina, Argentina – that’s where the Maradona comes from!”

That is what the German Jewess Johanna heard when she was in Europe for the first time fifty years after her escape. As popular as Maradona is, the hundreds of thousands of Europeans who found refuge there from the dictatorships and poverty of the last century seem forgotten. The others must flee. That is the current European perception. CapriConnection and the author Anne Jelena Schulte travelled to Argentina to take a different perspective. In poetically condensed texts, they tell of Europeans who climbed on overcrowded ships to save their lives and found their first accommodation in the “Hotel of the Immigrants” in Buenos Aires. A performer and three musicians from Argentina, Austria and Switzerland lift these stories into a timeless sound space. In the second part of the evening, the stage belongs to the artist Pedro Roth. He also came to Argentina from Europe as a teenager. Since then he has developed utopias for the future, including a whale ship on which people are declared works of art. Thus, the journey to any country is open to them, if there is only one museum or gallery that offers an invitation…

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 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/hotel-der-immigranten/

Saturday, 13 April: Easter Art Market

Easter is just around the corner and you just cannot wait in anticipation? Come over to Radebeul during the weekend and visit the magical Easter Art Market, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Schloss Wackerbath, Saxony’s oldest champagne manufacturer still in operation. No wonder that this charming little castle is part of Saxony’s wine trail and in fact, it is one of the highlights of the entire track. People from all around Germany come to Radebeul to visit this beautiful winery, which is just a few minutes by tram or S-Bahn from downtown Dresden. In a partnership with the manufacturing house in Meißen, the castle has put together a wonderful family friendly weekend, featuring a number of different Easter themed products as well as delicious delicacies typical to the region. An Easter workshop will also be open for people of all ages who would like to build, colour and paint some gifts to give their loved ones next weekend when the Easter Bunny pays us all a visit. If you’re lucky, you might even spot the bunny already this weekend in Radebeul!

Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: 6 EUR, free for children up to 16; How to get there: Schloss Wackerbath, Wackerbathstr. 1, 01445 Radebeul; S-Baahn S1 to ‘Radebeul-Kötzschenbroda’ and then a 15 min walk or TRAM 4 to ‘Schloss Wackerbath’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.schloss-wackerbarth.de/unsere-veranstaltungen/feste-und-hoehepunkte/osterkunstmarkt/

Sunday, 14 April: Jean Marx Express & Dan Riley (Concert)

Jean Marx Santel and his band, The Jean Marx Express, is back for yet another European tour! The rock & blues band is here straight from New York to bring us some great music at the Neustadt’s oldest and one of its cosiest bars, Die 100. The concert’s primary focus lies on the band’s own creations, with songs reminiscent of 60s and 70s rock, pop, soul, and blues. Throughout the night, expect to hear a few covers of songs by legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton or even The Beatles. The band delivers a thrilling rock-blues performance, led by Jean Marx’s incredible talent on the electric guitar. To accompany them on this wonderful evening will be Dresden-based British musician Dan Riley. Riley is glad to present his first album to the world, which was released in 2018. His musical style tends more towards the folk genre but he assures that his acoustic guitar will serve as the perfect company for the rock creations of The Jean Marx Express. Come out and enjoy a relaxed wonderful end to your weekend at Die 100 while listening to these wonderful artists.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Not listed; How to get there: Die 100, Alaunstraße 100, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/1313458138793606/

Monday, 15 April: JazzNoTalk – Torsten Goods

We might still have a few months ahead of us until the Dresden’s famous “Jazztage” returns; however, Dresden would not be Dresden if its pulsating jazz scene were to remain silent for the rest of the year. From the same organizers of the Jazztage Dresden – one of Germany’s largest and best jazz festivals – comes the JazzNoTalk series. In a wonderful location set right in the middle of the Altstadt, Dresden welcomes legendary Torsten Goods for an unforgettable evening of his spiritual, blues, and roots music. He claims to have grown up surrounded by these musical styles, his mother always listening to spirituals and soul alongside the traditional jazz and his father being a blues man. No wonder that when a friend asked him to include these musical styles in his new album, he was immediately transported back to his childhood memories and had no other choice than to agree. At a JazzNoTalk event, the evening is split into three separate parts: first, noTalk at 7 p.m. on the 4th floor is when the concert takes place. Then, during the Talk section beginning at around 8:20 p.m., the audience has the chance to ask questions and discuss with the musician. Finally, the Jazz & Talk session begins at around 8:45 p.m. and is free for anyone in a more relaxed setting on the building’s 5th floor.

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 34 EUR seated, 24 EUR standing, free from 8:45 p.m.; How to get there: Brockmann und Knoedler, An der Frauenkirche 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.jazztage-dresden.de/de/programm/veranstaltung/thank_you_baby-1/

Tuesday, 16 April: Black Lung (Concert)

“In the deadly cold winter of 2014, Black Lung emerged from the underbelly of Baltimore with unprecedented amounts of volume. A union of Adam Bufano, Elias Mays Schutzman (of The Flying Eyes) and multi-instrumentalist Dave Cavalier, the trio toes the line between sonic pain and melodic bliss.” (Text taken from the band website) The band’s music is a wonderful mix of alternative with psychedelic rock and definitely worth a listen. Check out the link below for a few samples of their incredible music. Visions magazine once described the band as a mix between chippings off a Black Keys album, a couple of fingers from Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, a few liters of kitchen cleaner and a good old warm cup of tar. These ingredients supposedly when blended together achieve the magnificent, die hard rock and roll players that make up Black Lung.

Beginning: 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m.; Admission: 13,20 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Str. 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.

More information: https://blacklungbaltimore.bandcamp.com/

Tickets: https://www.love-your-artist.de/de/beatpol/23460/

Wednesday, 17 April: Bockbieranstich 2019

Are you new to Dresden and were hoping for a good party where you would have the chance to meet many new people and enjoy the world famous good German beer? The perfect chance will be this Wednesday as hundreds, if not thousands of students head out to enjoy the sunny afternoon on the grounds of the Hochchulstrasse student dorms. The 2019 spring edition Bockbieranstich is finally here to provide you great beer and conversation at very affordable prices! Bockbier is a certain kind of beer with a darker color and a stronger taste. The student club “Club 11” organizes this legendary event, hailed by many students as the best student event of the academic calendar, twice a year. Be sure to be there early and get the initial tapping of a wooden beer barrel and the first round of free beer. The wooden barrel may be found next to the entrance to the “Club 11” and will surely already be surrounded much before the beginning at 2 pm, after all, it’s worth it to get a spot early when there is free beer! Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages round the menu off. Come around and meet nearly every student of TU Dresden there in a very open and friendly environment, a place which marks the beginning of hundreds of lasting friendships every semester!

Beginning: 2 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Club 11, Hochschulstr. 48, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 8 ‘Reichenbachstraße’ stop, BUS 61, 66 ‘Technische Universität’ stop.

Thursday, 18 April: Rosas danst Rosas

(Text taken from the Hellerau website) “In 1983, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker had her international breakthrough with Rosas danst Rosas, a performance that has since become a benchmark in the history of postmodern dance. Rosas danst Rosas builds on the minimalism initiated in Fase (1982):  abstract movements constitute the basis of a layered choreographic structure in which repetition plays the lead role. The fierceness of these movements is countered by small everyday gestures. Rosas danst Rosas is unequivocally feminine: four female dancers dance themselves, again and again. The exhaustion and perseverance that come with it create an emotional tension that contrasts sharply with the rigorous structure of the choreography. The repetitive, “maximalistic” music by Thierry De Mey and Peter Vermeersch was created concurrently with the choreography. This restaging of Rosas danst Rosas will be danced by a completely new young cast.”

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 and tickets: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/rosas-danst-rosas/