What’s On in Dresden 12 October – 18 October 2018

Dresden at night (Photo by L. Mendes – thank you!)

Friday, 12 October: Guided Tour of the History of Hellerau – European Center of the Arts

Take a guided journey through the exciting history and present of HELLERAU – the European Centre of the Arts. On this tour, you will learn interesting facts about the extraordinary architecture of the Festspielhaus, which was built according to plans of Heinrich Tessenow as a pioneer of modern architecture of the 20th century, as well as about the origin of the house as a rhythm school, which was founded here by Émile Jaques-Dalcroze and much more. Discover the moving stories of the Festspielhaus, a place that attracted artists and architects from all over Europe, such as Le Corbusier, Kafka, Kokoschka, Nolde, Poelzig, Rachmaninoff and Mary Wigman and the development of the house into a true laboratory of modernity. During a guided tour of the Festspielhaus Hellerau, you will have the special experience of experiencing a monument to architectural culture and a working theatre at the same time. As one of the most important theatre houses in Dresden, getting a tour of this landmark is definitely worth the experience for those living in Dresden and who would like to get more in touch with what goes on in our wonderful city.

Beginning: 2 p.m.; Admission: 4 EUR Regular, 3 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/guided-tour-hellerau/

Saturday, 13 October: Hiking in the Saxon Switzerland with Faranto

The Saxon Switzerland is without a doubt one of the most beautiful national parks in Germany, with exquisite sandstone formations rising above the banks of the Elbe. The national park is particularly beautiful at this time of the year. As anyone who looks up has already noticed, fall has arrived with full force in Dresden, already turning leaves into beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red. The forecast for Saturday’s temperature already shows an inviting 23 degrees and the sun is supposed to shine for most of the day, making for a wonderful hiking experience! So put on your comfortable sports clothes and slip into your hiking boots and join Faranto this weekend for an unforgettable hike through this wonderful national park which is just next door from Dresden. Faranto is part of the Erasmus Student Network for the HTW Dresden, however, their events are open to all and are a great opportunity to get to know current exchange students spending a semester or a year in Dresden.

Beginning: 8 a.m.; Admission: Free/6-7 EUR without a public transport ticket; How to get there: Burger King in the Hauptbahnhof, Wiener Platz 4, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 10 or BUS 66 ‘Hauptbahnhof’ stop or TRAM 9, 11 ‘Hauptbahnhof  Nord’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/464769967375170/

Sunday, 14 October: Free Entry to the Saxon Folk Art Museum

Every Sunday, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (Dresden State Art Collections) opens the doors of one of its museums entirely free of charge for all visitors at 3 p.m. In a rotating schedule, this gives the chance for residents and tourists alike to explore the city’s wonderful art collections and rich historical heritage. This week, the SKD welcomes all guests into the Saxon Folk Art museum, providing an interactive journey into the world of our state’s folk art. Enchanting carved objects from the Ore Mountains and embroidered woven textiles from Lusatia, lavish Sorb costumes and intricate lace from the Vogtland region, painted furniture, richly decorated ceramics and an unusually diverse collection of historic toys. Whatever their age, anyone who would like to explore the rich heritage of Saxon folk art, will find a unique exhibition here. As the only “do-it-yourself” museum in Germany, here you will get the chance to truly come in contact with Saxon handicrafts. The museum also has an exhibition on puppets, definitely worth it both for the grown up as well as the smaller guests. Located in one of the city’s lesser known historical buildings, a visit to the museum is already worth it just to get to know this 400-year-old structure which used to serve as a hunting lodge on the Neustadt-side of the Elbe for the former electors of Saxony.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Museum für Sächsische Volkskunst mit Puppentheatersammlung, Köpckestraße 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Carolaplatz’ stop.

More information: https://volkskunst.skd.museum/en/

Monday, 15 October: Mayerling – Live from the Royal Opera House London

Dangerous desires, family secrets and political intrigues twist through every moment of daring choreography in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet inspired by true events. Originally written in 1978 for the Royal Ballet in London, this piece has ever since become a classic of London’s Royal Opera House. MacMillan first had his interest towards the Habsburg royal family and the demise of the Austro-Hungarian empire sparked after reading “The Eagles Die” by George Marek. The story of the double suicide of the Crown Prince and his young mistress at the Mayerling hunting lodge had been romanticised in several films; MacMillan wanted to show the social, political and personal pressures that might have driven the prince to such desperate measures. Although the piece will be performed live in London, it may also be seen live on the big screen no further than in Dresden’s Rundkino. This Monday, come out and enjoy a breathtaking, world-class performance from the middle of Dresden, just down on the Prager Straße.

Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: 20 EUR Regular, 16 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstr.’ Stop.

Tickets: https://booking.cineplex.de/#site/224/performance/CBE31000023AZBYEWE/mode/sale/step/seating/

Tuesday, 16 October: Bad Times at the El Royale (movie)

The El Royale is run-down hotel that sits on the border between California and Nevada. It soon becomes a seedy battleground when seven strangers — a cleric, a soul singer, a traveling salesman, two sisters, the manager and the mysterious Billy Lee — converge on a fateful night for one last shot at redemption before everything goes wrong. With its initial release in the USA scheduled for October 12, this movie arrives in Germany fresh out of production. The american thriller/mystery can already boast a respectable score of 7,7/10 on the IMDb and 77% of positive reviews on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. Alex Godfrey, a critic for ‘Empire’, described it as “A beautifully staged film with everything is in its place, this is both an affectionate homage and a timely commentary, falling only slightly short of its own ambition. Classy pulp fiction.” If you are a fan of thrillers, then do not miss this big release, especially when it is being shown in one of Dresden’s most classy movie theaters, the small but cozy Thalia in Dresden Neustadt.

Beginning: 9:30 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Str. 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str./Nordbad’ stop.

Wednesday, 17 October: Fall 2018 Bockbieranstich(party)

You would have loved to have travelled to Oktoberfest but weren’t able to make it? No problem, this fall’s Bockbieranstich is finally here to provide you great beer and conversation at much more 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.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/244496762909324/

Thursday, 18 October: Kid Colling + The Ryan Harrington Band (concert)

Founded by Kid Colling in 2012, the Kid Colling Cartel (named in reference to the frontman’s Colombian origins) is composed of Kid Colling (vocals and guitar), Vincent Charrue (keys and organ), David Franco (bass) and Florian Pons (drums). Describing their style as “Modern Blues Rock”, the band plays mostly Colling’s own compositions and ventures into different genres such as groove, funk and especially rock music – without ever giving up their blues roots. In 2014, the band won the So Blues (Europa Jazz) Award at the blues springboard of the RDV de l’Erdre Festival in Nantes (FR) as well as in 2016 the springboard of the Bagnols Blues Festival in Bagnols-sur-Cèze (FR). Plus, they have been selected to represent Luxembourg at the European Blues Challenge 2017 in Denmark. A regular on stage and at big music events, the Kid Colling Cartel played more than 50 shows in Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Germany and Lithuania, including opening for John Mayall, Aynsley Lister and Larry Carlton. Their shared love of music and their harmony on stage are undeniable and Kid Colling, although he is a guitarist first and foremost, stands out as a singer with a distinctive and adjustable voice. It is important for him to not limit the Cartel to a specific style and to address a larger audience rather than only blues devotees.

Beginning: Doors open: 8 p.m., Concert: 9 p.m.; Admission: 8,40 EUR; How to get there: Rosis Amüsierlokal, Eschenstr. 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.

Tickets: https://www.ticketmaster.de/event/DYK1810D?camefrom=de_gigmit

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