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

Archer ar the Elbe (Pixabay license, free for use)

Friday, 12 July: “Umsonst & Draußen” – outdoors & for free

From 11.07. – 13.07.2019 the artderkultur e.V. together with many volunteers organizes for the 12th time the only Umsonst-&-Draußen-Festival in Saxony.
The festival, which is dedicated to what the organizers call “Flanschrock” (meaning cross-over music, not fixed to one genre), will take place in front of the Garnisonskirche (Stauffenbergallee/Tannenstraße) and you will find DIY, relaxed people and many grandiose local and national bands.
On Friday the festival starts at 7 p.m. (i.e. cross-genre music is played), on Saturday it starts with a relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere, before it gradually dissolves towards the evening and is replaced by more and more forward sounds and grooves on our two stages (front and backstage).

The Umsonst-&-Draußen-Festival Dresden is financed by the sale of drinks. Bringing your own drinks is not allowed. The culinary well-being on-site will also be taken care of.

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Garnisonskirche, Stauffenbergallee/Tannenstraße; TRAM 17, 8 ‘Stauffenbergallee’ stop.

More information (Line Up): http://artderkultur.de/umsonst-draussen.html https://www.facebook.com/events/271699573748362/

Saturday, 13 July: FlussFilmFest Dresden 

The Kino im Kasten, that is, cinema in the box in English, exists ever since a group of TU Dresden students who were all passionate about the cinematic world decided to found a university cinema group. Just a few bike minutes away from the TU main campus lies this movie theatre which does not show all of the newest blockbusters but rather focuses on older classics or unknown gems of the past. Naturally, the movie theatre charges a student friendly admission and is not only open to students but also to the general public! Often, a movie will be picked out to be shown in its original version rather than dubbed in German, as is common practice in German culture.

This Saturday,  the GRÜNE LIGA Dresden invites to the FlussFilmFest. The films show the beauty of wild waters, but also the endangerment of our rivers by the increasing pollution with plastic waste -from the source via wild currents in rivers to the sea, our interaction with the rivers on our doorstep and worldwide – this is what the FlussFilmFest tells us.

Block I – 5 pm: Three shortfilms between 20 and 30 minutes long about plastic waste in water bodies (shown in orginal language, mostly english, with german subtitles)

– The Discarded (Brasil 2016)
– Straws (USA 2017)
– From source to sea (Netherlands 2017)

Block II – 8 pm: The documentary “Watermark” will be shown. Even if you do not understand the language of the film, this one does not need a lot of words, just have a look at the incredible pictures! (Trailer)

Beginning: 5 pm; Admission: no information found, but I believe it is for free and donations are welcome; How to get there: Kino im Kasten, August-Bebel-Str. 20, 01219 Dresden; BUS 61, 63, 75 ‘Julius-Otto-Straße’ stop or TRAM 11 ‘Strehlener Platz’ stop.

More Information (german): https://www.facebook.com/events/1086656844853527/?active_tab=about

Sunday, 14 July: Hygiene Museum – “Of Plants and People”

Since Dresden’s weather seems very rainy this week-end, this might be the perfect day for a trip to the “Hygiene Museum” to stroll through the exhibition “Of Plants and People”.

“Ever thought of your cherry tree or the orchid on your window sill as a human being? It’s not as far-fetched as it sounds; after all, plants and people do share quite a lot in common. They grow and then die; they yearn for sunshine, and for water to quench their thirst. And according to the latest scientific findings, they are able to communicate with one another and may even have something resembling a memory, too. For the planet itself, there’s no question that plants are far more useful than we are as human beings. Plants produce the air that we ourselves and animals need to breathe; they create habitats and provide food. In other words, while plants can undeniably thrive splendidly without us, we are completely reliant on the vegetation that surrounds us.

At the People and Plants exhibition you’ll find out why the plant world is not only literally vital to our survival, but also delightful in its sheer diversity and beauty. The architecture for the exhibition has been designed to grow like a flower into the three rooms, with its roots, leaves and blossoms. Within this setting, an array of cultural-historical records and artworks, scientific specimens, photographs and video installations vividly demonstrate just how much curiosity and affection we as human beings have for our plant-based environment – but also how reckless and destructive we have been towards it. That’s the political aspect of the exhibition: Global challenges such as man-made climate change, the decline in biodiversity and the alarming world food situation compel us to think long and hard about a more deliberate and considerate approach to plants and nature as a whole.

On this museum-based foray across our green planet, visitors can expect lots of surprising, intriguing and entertaining things to see and do. And by the time they reach the end of the tour, there’s one popular misconception they will certainly have ditched: plants are anything but boring!”
[Text taken from https://www.dhmd.de/en/exhibitions/of-plants-and-people/]

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, Holidays: 10 am to 6 pm; Admission: 9 EUR regular, 4 EUR redduced; How to get there:Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Lingnerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 12 ‘Dt. Hgiene-Muesum’ stop.

More information: https://www.dhmd.de/en/exhibitions/of-plants-and-people/

Monday, 15 July: Movie – “Yesterday”

What about starting into the week, with a monday movie night?

“Yesterday, everyone knew The Beatles. Today, only Jack remembers their songs. He’s about to become a very big deal. From Academy Award®-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting, 28 Days Later) and Richard Curtis, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually and Notting Hill, comes a rock-n-roll comedy about music, dreams, friendship, and the long and winding road that leads to the love of your life.

Jack Malik (Himesh Patel, BBC’s Eastenders) is a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the fierce devotion and support of his childhood best friend, Ellie (Lily James, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Then, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, Jack wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed … and he finds himself with a very complicated problem, indeed.

Performing songs by the greatest band in history to a world that has never heard them, and with a little help from his steel-hearted American agent, Debra (Emmy winner Kate McKinnon), Jack’s fame explodes. But as his star rises, he risks losing Ellie — the one person who always believed in him. With the door between his old life and his new closing, Jack will need to get back to where he once belonged and prove that all you need is love.” [Text taken from: https://www.yesterdaymovie.com/synopsis/]

Beginning: 8.30 p.m.; Admission: 7 € Regular, 5 € student-fair; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzyPjODcKFo

Tuesday, 16 July: Schaubudensommer – “The International Summer Festival for Theatre, Amusement and Music” (11 – 21 July)

“The cows are flying wild, the coyotes whine.
Come and see what we have prepared for your very eyes: A place for wonder, a place for the creatures of the night, for divas, for shady characters and for you, our beloved audience.

Step right up! Disover the new kind of summer with the Schaubudensommer, full of surprises, lovely old-fashioned and yet charmingly new. Ladies and gentlemen, we remain unfaithful to ourselves and look forward to your applause, your laughter and your inquiring faces.

Night after night from 7 pm onwards, the place behind the Scheune in the middle of Dresden’s Neustadt tunrs into a world of wonder.  Every evening there are twelve to fifteen different pieces, shows, performances to choose from. The most ambitious visitor may manage to experience up to four performances and then end the night with our midnight surprises, which are always to be found at an unknown location to be revealed only that very night. Still hungry for music? Later into the night we invite you to put on your dancing shoes and fall into the rhythm of our bands at the festival club.

Come, wonder, enjoy, relax. Be yourself or someone else. Have a splendid time!”
[Text taken from http://www.schaubudensommer.de/en/]

Beginning: 7 pm; Admission: 3 EUR plus 5 EUR per show or 12 EUR for 3 shows; How to get there: Scheune, Alaunstr. 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

More information and program: http://www.schaubudensommer.de/en/programm-2019/

Wednesday, 17 July: Annual Exhibition of the Dresden Art Academy- Hochschule für Bildende Künste (12 July – 21 July)

During the coming week, an atmosphere of expectation and tension will build up at the Dresden Art Academy, as the final presentations are scheduled for the end of the summer semester. Here the public can explore works in an unbiased manner, question students and teachers, experience production conditions and discover qualities beyond the large, media-heated stagings of art.

The annual exhibitions on Brühlscher Terrasse, Pfotenhauerstraße 81/83 and Güntzstraße 34 will open on Friday, 12 July at 7 pm. and invite visitors to stroll and explore daily from 11 am. to 6 pm.

At the beginning of the annual exhibitions, the big summer festival on Saturday, 13 July, will once again be a major attraction, with the inner courtyard turning into the big stage of a lively summer dream.

Opening Hours: 11 am – 6 pm.; Admission: free; How to get there: HfBK Dresden, Güntzstr. 34, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 13  ‘Sachsenallee or Dürerstr.’ stop.

More information and program (german): https://www.hfbk-dresden.de/veranstaltungenkalender/details/diplomausstellung-und-jahresausstellungen-2019/

Thursday, 18 July: Ostrale Biennale

“The second Biennale and also 12th OSTRALE will be dedicated to the theme “ism” .
Isms are mostly used as dogmas, juxtaposition, concept of art and social values. Always produced by man, they are also delimitations to other world views. The subject and the collective perception are inextricably linked in art with the current discourses. Here, too, the new media are increasingly allowing limits to be tested. While digital reality and fiction are increasingly blurring the boundaries between reality and fiction, traditional “isms” are being used again to support, defend and stabilize our values and worldview.

What is art, what can art and, in particular, what is art allowed to do?
Should we reset, reset, re-consider attitudes and attitudes, use ism as a discussion and mindset, direct the expanded concept of art as a universal destiny of human creativity to all areas of the lifeworld reality “ism”?” [Text taken from: https://www.ostrale.de/en/Exhibitions/Biennale%202019.html]

Opening Hours: 11 July – 3 September, Wed-Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sa & Su 11 am – 8 pm; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: Historische Tabakfabrik f6 Striesen, Schandauer Str. 66-68, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 10 ‘Gottleubaer Straße’ stop.

More information: https://www.ostrale.de/en/Exhibitions/Biennale%202019.html or https://www.facebook.com/events/359781321372610/?event_time_id=359781371372605

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