What’s On in Dresden 14 – 20 December 2018

Weihnachtsmarkt im Stallhof Foto: DMG/Dittrich © Sylvio Dittrich

Friday, 14 December: Kultura.Digital Kickoff Party & The Christmas Special

We’ve got two very special events put together as tips for this Friday! The first is the kick off party for the kultura.digital website, a cross-border project from the TU Dresden together with the Dresden State Museums, the Jan-Evangelista-Purkyne University in Ústí nad Labem and the Euro-region Elbe/Labe. Kultura.digital will be a new platform for modern art in the German-Czech border region. The idea is simple: offers for modern art exhibitions are everywhere, from small ateliers up to large museums. The only problem however, is how to find them! The new platform is here to solve this issue and hopes to provide artists in the region with a stepping stone so that they may receive more attention for the general public. Surely a great project which definitely deserves a rocking party to celebrate its launch!

Our second tip is also a cultural event but leaves the realm of visual arts and belongs rather to the world of the performing arts. The Theaterhaus Rudi will host a special performance this Friday in English, providing those whose German isn’t yet so ripe an opportunity to pay a visit to the theatre, a rather rare opportunity in Dresden. On show will be The Christmas Special, and the short synopsis provided by the theatre reads as follows: “What do high society ladies really think when they’re having tea together? How do Romeo and Juliet usually spend their Christmas? And is the moral of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol still applicable today? Find out at Eclectic Theatre’s Christmas Special!”

Kultura.digital Kickoff Party:

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 3 EUR, tickets available at the door; How to get there: Kunsthalle im Lipsiusbau, entrance through Georg-Treu-Platz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2180985588888868/

The Christmas Special:

Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: 8 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a, 01139 Dresden; TRAM 4 or BUS 70, 80 ‘Rankestraße’ stop.

More information and tickets: https://www.theaterhaus-rudi.de/spielplan/the-christmas-special

Saturday, 15 December: 15 Renaissance Christmas Market in Schönfeld Castle

Many of you have certainly at some point taken Dresden’s fullest bus line, the bus number 61; however, few have ever actually been to Dresden’s neighbourhood of Weißig, which marks the terminus of the line. The beautiful and peaceful suburb doesn’t even seem to be part of Dresden, as it is made up of large green open fields giving it a truly rural aspect. This weekend, right next to Weißig, in the neighbourhood of Schönfeld – whose name literally translates to beautiful field – a magical Christmas market will take place in the Schönfeld renaissance-castle. The 16th century castle is often called “the magical castle”, partly due to the magic shows which take place in it throughout the year but also partly due to its truly magical atmosphere. Every year, on the third Advent weekend, the castle grounds welcome visitors to a wonderful family-friendly Christmas market. Different than the markets in Dresden’s old city, here you will not find overcrowded aisles between stands; rather, Schönfeld offers a more tranquil atmosphere in accordance to the landscape around it. Handcrafted goods and delicious food and glühwein await you around the castle but be sure not to miss the date, as this unique market will only take place on this weekend.

Beginning: 12 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Schloss Schönfeld, Am Schloß 2, 01328 Dresden; Take TRAM 11 until Bühlau, Ullersdorfer Platz, then change to bus 226 or 228 to ‘Markt, Schönfeld’ stop.

More information (German): http://www.schoenfelder-hochland.com/2018/10/08/kontakte-zu-veranstaltungen-des-ortschaftsrates/

Sunday, 16 December: Greenpeace’s Christmas Clothes Exchange

As the end of the year approaches, it is the perfect time to take a look into your closet and decide what pieces of clothing will continue to stay in your possession into 2019 and which ones it is time to say goodbye. It is often said that if you do not use a piece of clothing for an entire year, chances are it will never be worn again since by then it missed its chance to be worn during all seasons. However, that doesn’t mean that someone else won’t be able to put your clothes to good use! Therefore, Greenpeace invites you to take a moment and pick out the three best outfits you have taking up space in your closet and bring it with you to this year’s clothes exchange. Here, you will get the chance to exchange what you no longer wear for what could possibly be a new favourite shirt, dress, or skirt! The event is open to all, male and female alike. The organizers ask, however, that guests limit themselves to only three pieces of clothing and that no other kind of accessories or cosmetics be brought so that the event doesn’t lose its original focus. Come by and give yourself an early Christmas gift without spending a dime!

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Greenpeace Dresden, Martin-Luther-Straße 11, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Str./Rothenburger Str.’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/285070705681949/  

Monday, 17 December: First Man

“That’s one step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind.” Virtually everyone is familiar with this quote, most people who were able to watch it live having never forgotten the day when man first walked on the Moon. Neil Armstrong is undoubtedly one of the greatest heroes of the 20th century, his name making it into the history books forever as the first human to have ever stepped foot on our only natural satellite. This year, academy award-winning director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling reteam following their success with La La Land for Universal Pictures’ First Man, the riveting story behind the first manned mission to the moon, focusing on Armstrong and the decade leading to the historic Apollo 11 flight. An intimate account told from Armstrong’s perspective, the film explores the triumphs and the cost – on Armstrong, his family, his colleagues and the nation itself – of one of the most dangerous missions in history. Critical reception of the film has been overall positive, with praise directed to the direction, Gosling and co-star Claire Foy’s performances and the Moon landing sequence. One of the largest productions of 2018, be sure to visit the Thalia cinema in the Neustadt and do not miss this great film.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Tuesday, 18 December: Shampoo Show – Benefit Concert for the Support Convoy

Over a dozen of high-profile artists from the local music scene will get together this Tuesday for the seventh time, to make music for a better cause. As with all Shampoo Shows, donations will be collected with the purpose of helping refugees in need. This time, all money collected will be donated directly to the Support Convoy, a non-profit organisation founded in 2015 in Dresden. The organisation sends volunteers to refugee camps and routes and helps people who are facing life-threatening situations to escape terrible conditions with dry clothes, blankets and tents as well as with warm food and beverages. The main idea is to send uncomplicated and effective help exactly to where it is mostly needed. For the concert, expect a variety of wonderful voices partnered of course with an equally wonderful band! Good music for a good cause, without a doubt this is the highlight for the week. Bring as many of your friends as you can and together, let’s send the necessary help for people in need who are on their ways towards a better life.

Beginning: 9 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.); Admission: Free, donation requested; How to get there: GroveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/262933637570052/  

Wednesday, 19 December: Medieval Christmas Market in the Stallhof  

Certainly the most beloved Christmas market in the Altstadt, the Medieval Christmas Market in Dresden’s Stallhof is definitely also the most hidden of all market in the city. Right behind the world’s largest porcelain artwork, the Fürstenzug, Dresden’s Stallhof (Stables Courtyard) is part of the Dresden Castle complex and is recognized as one of the only originally preserved jousting locations in the world. Completed in 1591 under Elector Christian I, the location alone is already worth a visit. Each year, during the entire holiday season, the courtyard is thrown back in time and transforms itself into a true medieval stronghold in the heart of Dresden’s old city. Here, you won’t find much plastic or electrical lighting or even any food which isn’t freshly prepared. To the sound of continuously jingling bells, craftsmen demonstrate how metal is traditionally forged, how glass decorations are blown and crafted, and prepare fresh bread and sausages in front of curious visitors. Throughout the day, the “Kurfürstlichen Stallhof-Musikanten” band from St. Petersburg entertains guests with live music on brass instruments. Be sure to visit the market during the week if you wish to avoid paying an entry fee, as visitors are charged on Friday evenings and on weekends.

Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresdner Stallhof, Kanzleigässchen, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

More information: http://www.mittelalter-weihnacht.de/index.php?id=141&L=1

Thursday, 20 December: Advent Concert of the Dresden Singakademie

What will Christmas music of the future sound like? This is a question which intrigues young composers today, who must find a way to mix modern instruments and tones without losing focus on tradition. Christmas music has always had a special sort of sound to it; one recognizes a song as “holiday music” almost as soon as it starts playing due to its unique contrasts in tonality. The quest to somehow make music modern and present something new has been one of the main focuses of the composers at Dresden’s Singakademie (Sing Academy) in the past few years, who will present a special Bach concert this Thursday. The inclusion of Bach’s Messe g-Moll BWV 235 is a rediscovery for the choir, as the piece has long not been performed. For this concert, a mix of old and new music will be played on both historical as well as modern instruments, in the hopes to clearly transmit this interesting contrast for the audience. Surely, this will be one of the most interesting choir performances in Dresden this holiday season and cannot be missed by lovers of classical music. Tickets may be either purchased online (for an extra fee) or reserved and collected up to 30 mins prior to the concert through the link below.

Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 20 EUR Regular, 17 EUR Reduced, 7 EUR for visitors under 25; How to get there: Annenkirche Dresden, Annenstraße 23, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 12 ‘Schwimmhalle Freiberger Platz’ stop.

More information and tickets: https://bit.ly/2Estp2r