What’s On In Dresden
13 – 19 February 2020

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)

We hope you have overcome the stormy days well. The events of the coming days are of historical and political importance and might be stormy in another sense:

Today, Thursday, 13 February 2020, Dresden will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the destruction of the city centre during the Second World War. Dresden was one of many cities that were largely destroyed by air raids during the Second World War. National Socialists and the GDR used the events for their propaganda, so that February 13th remains controversial to this day.

With the Human Chain poeple want to remember the destruction of the city 75 years ago, but more importantly to set a sign against the abuse of memory to trivialize the crimes of National Socialist German society and the causes of the Second World War.
Prof. Hans Müller-Steinhagen, Rector of the TU Dresden says: “In the human chain on 13 February, people join hands and literally stand close to each other. Mostly without knowing each other, without regard to age, sex, skin colour, origin or other external characteristics. The message of the human chain is always current: It is a thousandfold “yes” to humanity, tolerance, peaceableness and togetherness. And through this “yes” it is at the same time a “no” to disrespect, exclusion and the appropriation of this anniversary by radical forces.

Kick-off is at 5 p.m. on Neumarkt, union at 6 p.m. under the ringing of the church bells in the city centre.

Find more information here: https://13februar.dresden.de/en/menschenkette.php

Saturday, 15. February 2020
For some years now, the extreme right-wing forces in the region have been organising what was once the largest neo-Nazi march in Europe. Especially in the last two years, however, the number of participants* and the self-confidence of the neo-Nazis has increased alarmingly. In contrast to previous years, they have announced the date of the marches early and are not keeping the location secret: they are mobilizing for Saturday, February 15, at 2:00 p.m. in downtown Dresden.

On the other hand, there are two counter-demonstrations of Dresden Nazi Free: one demonstration each from 11:00 to 12:30 am is gathering at the Alauenpark and one at the central station. They will meet in the city centre at around 13:30. The aim is to prevent the neo-Nazi march. If you don’t want to rule out civil disobedience: Take care! Also find out about awareness structures, places of retreat and out-of-action offers!
Also Alliances like Fridays For Future support this call: “Because we, as well as all other organizations which are part of @dd_nazifrei, take to the streets for a future with cosmopolitanism and love and do not want to give place to fascism in Dresden, we demonstrate on February 15th together with them!”

Besides the Human Chain and the demonstrations on saturday you can find many more events throught the week here: https://13februar.dresden.de/en/veranstaltungen.php

If you would like to find out more about these historic events you can either visit the Frauenkirche (which was also destroyed completely) or the Stadtmuseum Dresden.

Also: Be absolutely sure to check out our next trips! You will find them on the right side of the homepage!

Recurring Events:

Montagscafé: https://www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de/spielplan/a-z/montagscafe/
Blue Note (regular concerts, most free, mainly jazz): https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events
Saloppe (afterwork party every Tuesday): https://www.saloppe.de/programm/
Carolaschlöschen (afterwork party every Thursday): https://www.carolaschloesschen.de/veranstaltungen/afterwork-party/

Cinemas screening films in original language with subtitles:

Kino im Kasten: https: //www.kino-im-kasten.de/programm.html
Programmkino Ost: https://programmkino-ost.de/filme/filter/ov
Thalia Theater: http://www.thalia-dresden.de/ (Look for the headline “Das Original ist besser” to be sure that it is really the original version and not only an international title!)