Friday, 14 September: Saloppe Summer Concert: Lazy Boys
The Lazy Boys’ music is best described as a blend of Rock ’n’ Roll and Country, with a hint of dirty Blues. For more than ten years they have successfully toured through clubs in Germany, England and even the USA, amassing over 600 shows, as well as recording three studio albums. The new Album “Get A Life” will be in stores in fall 2015. Somewhere between Elvis and Johnny Cash, they haven’t stopped travelling the world ever since 1997, having played all over Europe in clubs and parties from Barcelona to Yekaterinburg, as well as two well stretched out US tours. A true melting pot of musical styles, in the end it all comes together in some sort of frenzy with a little bit of special sense of humour. All in all, describing such a band in words is nearly impossible, the best way to truly understand what kind of music has fascinated audiences around the world for the past two decades really is by hearing Lazy Boys play live.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR in advance, 8 EUR at the door; How to get there: Saloppe Brockhausstraße 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11, “Wilhelminenstraße” stop.
Saturday, 15 September: 2018 Pyro Games
Dresden’s skies will be filled with colours this Saturday as the city welcomes another edition of the firework competition Pyro Games. The games are held throughout a number of German cities and always follow the same format. Three of Germany’s best pyrotechnicians will duel each other for the prize of best show, with their fireworks all lighting up the skies to the rhythm of music played parallel to the show. In the end, the audience gets to choose who put on the best show and the winning team gets to take home the golden trophy for the night. Alongside the main event, many other warm-up events are also planned, including incredible fire shows and flaming acrobatics. Delicious and varied snacks will also be available for guests to try to ensure all hunger needs are satisfied and a number of bands will perform live so as to set the tone for an enthusiastic and up-beat evening. The night sky will not only be lit up by fireworks as fascinating laser shows are also planned, transforming the festival grounds into a truly colourful wonderland. Come out and be prepared for an unforgettable experience.
Beginning: 5 p.m., gates open at 4 p.m.; Admission: 20 EUR Standing, 26 EUR Seated; How to get there: Festwiese Ostragehege, Messering, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 ‘Messering’ stop.
Sunday, 16 September: HC Elbflorenz vs. HBW Balingen-Weilstetten
Following a bumpy start, HC Elbflorenz needs all the support it can get from its fans to cash its first victory in the new 2018/19 season. As the tournament reaches its fourth round, Dresden’s main handball team lost both of its first away games and managed to tie its first home game. Now, the tigers need to win their game this Sunday to ensure they do not fall too far behind and to increase their morale for the games ahead. The team currently plays in the Germany’s second tier of professional handball and must reach one of the first two positions by the end of the tournament if it wishes to play in the first division next year. Most importantly, the team cannot stay among the last five positions, as this would mean a dreaded relegation into the third division. With 20 teams playing in the tournament there are still another 34 rounds to go until the end after Sunday’s match, however, every victory counts as the points gained now may turn out to be decisive by the end of the season. If you have not yet had the chance to visit the newly inaugurated BallsportArena, this is also a great chance to do so, while supporting the city’s beloved handball squad.
Beginning: 2 p.m.; Admission: 16,50 EUR Full price, 11 EUR Reduced; How to get there: BallsportArena, Weißeritzstraße 4, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 4, 6, 11 ‘Kongresszentrum’ stop.
Monday, 17 September: Montagscafé
When Montagscafé first began, it was a place where people who were new to Dresden could come together to meet one another and discuss various topics or simply openly talk. As time went by, Montagscafé continued on, even for those who were now not as “new” to Dresden but still with the same original format. Here you will find an open atmosphere, a place for a free exchange of ideas for all who are from Dresden, the region, or far away. The main topics are mostly around migration and culture, not only on a theoretical but also on a practical level. In the same way as culture evolves throughout time, Montagscafé has also evolved in the past months, changing every week in accordance with the participants. Take part in this wonderful project and help shape this week’s meeting with your participation! At 3 p.m., the program begins with a women’s café with a possibility for supervised child care. From 5 to 10 p.m. everyone is welcome into the open café, where normally at around 7 p.m. some sort of special event takes place. Most events happen in some sort of workshop format, allowing for discussion on topics such as the changing of our city through immigration with various experts and/or artists. If you cannot make it this week add it onto your calendar for one of the following Mondays as this is a weekly event, there are no excuses not to at least check it out, yallah!
Beginning: 5 p.m. (3 p.m. for Women’s Café); Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden Hauptbahnhof, Wiener Platz 4, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 10 ‘Hauptbahnhof’ stop.
Tuesday, 18 September: After-Work Yoga
If you have left the house sometime in the past decade, then you’ve definitely already heard about yoga. This group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines belongs to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Having originated in India, yoga has now gained widespread popularity worldwide, with courses being offered by as good as every fitness studio as well as by specialized yoga studios spread throughout any city. Its benefits have been known ever since antiquity and in the past decades have finally reached and gained acceptance in western cultures. Those who practice yoga will certainly benefit from increased flexibility, improved respiration and energy, protection from benefit, and a number of other benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit in today’s hectic society though is yoga’s power towards stress and anxiety reduction, both of which when untreated can have devastating effects on the body and mind. Join the yoga movement by coming out to Tuesday’s after-work yoga, open for participants at all levels at the theatre inside the Großer Garten. Although the instructions are given in German, it is not hard to follow along by watching, especially for those who have practiced some sort of yoga in the past.
Beginning: 6:30 p.m..; Admission: “Pay what you want” basis; How to get there: Parktheater, Hauptallee 12, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 9,13 ‘Querallee’ stop.
Wednesday, 19 September: BlacKkKlansman
The theatrical release poster reads, “Based on a crazy, outrageous, incredible true story!” This short description could not be further from the truth when it comes to the new release from visionary filmmaker Spike Lee. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream. The movie is based on the 2014 memoir, Black Klansman, by Ron Stallworth, a true American hero. The movie’s release on August 10, 2018 was timed to coincide with the one-year anniversary of the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally. The film received acclaim from critics, with many praising the performances (particularly of Washington and Driver) and timely themes, as well as noting it as a return to form for Lee.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 20 September: World Press Photo Exhibition
The World Press Photo Foundation is an independent, nonprofit organization, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The foundation describes itself as a global platform connecting professionals and audiences through trustworthy visual journalism and storytelling. Visit the World Press Photo Exhibition 2018 on its world-wide tour showcasing the stories that matter with photography from the 61st annual World Press Photo contest. The winners were chosen by an independent jury that reviewed more than 73,000 photographs entered by 4,548 photographers from 125 countries. Founded in 1955 when a group of Dutch photographers organized a contest to share their work with an international audience, the competition has grown into the world’s most prestigious photography award and its mission has expanded. The foundation encourages diverse accounts of the world that present stories with different perspectives. The exhibition is a collection of those stories to a worldwide audience, educating the public on their making, and encouraging debate on their meaning. It will be on show in Dresden’s main train station until the 27 of September and is definitely worth a visit.
Opening hours: 24/7 until Sep. 27; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden Hauptbahnhof, Wiener Platz 4, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 10, or S-BAHN S1, S2, S3 ‘Hauptbahnhof’ stop.