Friday, 15 February: Bandstand Festival
Every year, promising newcomers and representatives of the local band scene present their latest sets and band projects at Dresden’s biggest indoor festival. In addition to the opportunity to get to know Saxony’s band scene, the audience can look forward to a few artistic surprises every year between the stage acts at presumed and unexpected locations. (Text taken from the event’s website). Be sure to check out the link below which includes plenty of information on each of the bands that will play this weekend at Hellerau. If you cannot make it on Friday, the festival will also continue on Saturday and in case you are worried about getting home on Friday night, there is no need to worry, as the tramline number 8 will be running normally throughout the night to bring you home safely. Also, make sure to buy your tickets in advance to save yourself two euros by buying online instead of at the door!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 15 EUR; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/bandstand/
Saturday, 16 February: Che Sudaka Concert
Che Sudaka is a four-piece band composed of Argentinians and Colombians who all live and first met in Barcelona. The group first met in the early 2000s and were all Hispanic American immigrant musicians who played on the streets of the Catalan capital to make a living. Right in the wake of one of their largest musical influences, Manu Chao, the band began gaining more attention from the public and has ever since managed to attain international fame throughout the European continent. In 2012, they reached 10 years since their formation, clocking in more than a thousand concerts. The band defines itself by its punk reggae party style but also uses rhythms derived from hip-hop as well as reggae’s predecessor, ska. The group plays what is known as “mestizaje music”, which refers to the mixture of traditional Latin American as well as Spanish styles with influences from more modern reggae and hip-hop as well as rock and world music. For those who already know and enjoy Manu Chao, this is a great chance to listen to a similar band playing live in Dresden at a very accessible price, be sure not to miss it!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 17,70 EUR; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Sunday, 17 February: Model Train Fair
Attention all families with children as well as train lovers out there! Or better yet, model train lovers! This weekend, Dresden hosts its largest model train fair of the year, spread throughout three pavilions on the Dresden Fair Grounds (Messe Dresden). The event brings together hundreds of model train enthusiasts who show off their large sets of tracks and realistic train models. Be sure not to miss the daily steam engine parade, with tiny locomotives powered by actual steam. Some of the constructions are truly impressive, including large scaled down train stations as detailed as the true stations they intend to model as well as tunnels, bridges, and much more. Feel free to come with your entire family as kids will go crazy watching the small trains race down their tiny tracks. If you cannot make it on Sunday but are free on Friday or Saturday, the fair is open every day from Friday to Sunday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Opening times: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission: 7 EUR (child from 4-15 years 3 EUR, families 15 EUR); How to get there: Messe Dresden, Messering 6, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 10 stop ‘Messe Dresden’.
More information (German): https://www.mec-pirna.de/
Monday, 18 February: Rosis Student Monday
This tip is a true classic among the Dresden student scene! If you have not been to Rosis on a Monday evening, then you have not yet fully experienced the student life in Dresden. The self-called amusement location offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can meet new people, play billiard, have a burger and beer, or just dance away to the music. Regardless of whether you are a student or not, everyone gets discounted prices on Monday evening as well as free entry until 9:30 p.m. Now that the final exam period is coming to its end, you will most certainly meet a number of students who are there to celebrate the end of yet another semester. Invite all of your friends and experience a bit more of Dresden’s student life! Ask anyone who has studied here in the past ten years if they know about Rosis and most certainly, the great majority will have fond memories of this popular and beloved club. Great DJs are always on the turntables playing songs that range from rock all the way to true classics of the last decades to ensure everyone starts their week off in the best of moods.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free until 9:30 p.m. ; How to get there: Rosis Amüsierlokal, Eschenstr. 11, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
Tuesday, 19 February: Green Book
Green Book is a 2018 drama film set in 1962 and inspired by the true story of a tour of the deep south between African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley and Tony Vallelonga, an Italian-American bouncer who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. The title of the movie refers to the “green book” which both must use throughout their journey to guide them to the few establishments that were then safe for African-Americans. In the words of film critic Christy Lemire, “it’s pure formula, of course. Two men – one white, one black – from polar opposite backgrounds with wildly contrasting personalities get thrown together under unusual circumstances. […] It also takes place while the two men are driving across the American South during 1962, so it contains multiple formulas at once. […] Green Book is the kind of old-fashioned filmmaking big studios just don’t offer anymore. It’s glossy and zippy, gliding along the surface of deeply emotional, complex issues while dipping down into them just enough to give us a taste of some actual substance.” With an incredible score of 8.3/10 on the IMDb as well as an audience approval of 94% on Rotten Tomatoes, this movie, which additionally received five Academy Award nominations including Best Picture, is certainly one of the best movies you will watch this year.
Beginning: 9:45 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 20 February: Poems for Jamiro Concert
Poems For Jamiro began as early as 2014 as an acoustic singer/songwriter duo with Nina as the main singer and leading musician on the piano and Laila as an accompanying guest playing the violin. Their now sold out debut album from the same year, “Homeward Bound”, registered this early beginning. With atmospheric electronic elements, loops as well as catchy yet not trivial melodies, “Human” is proof of the group’s clear musical evolution. The eleven tracks on “Human” are the result of four years of encounters, exchanges and new inspirations. With a tone reminiscent of the magical Irish pop music, these new tracks show just how much a duo can accomplish with musical pieces that seem to have been recorded by an entire orchestra. Be sure to check out the event’s Facebook link below, which also includes a few previews of the duo’s music and you will certainly be tempted as well to watch them play live on Wednesday!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 13,90 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
More information (German) and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/1326877750776665/
Thursday, 21 February: Shine on Me (Exhibition)
…3…2…1… In late summer of 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe blasted off on a historic mission. Its aim is to get closer to the Sun than ever before. Shortly afterwards the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum launched a mission of its own: a large-scale special exhibition exploring the Sun from all sides. So welcome aboard as we find out more about the cultural significance, scientific findings and some unsolved mysteries surrounding the star around which everything on Earth revolves — and find out more about us human beings, too. How did ancient civilisations on all five continents view the Sun? What can solar science today tell us about the composition of our star? And what influence does the Sun have on today’s society, our well-being, and our everyday lives? The first thing you encounter as you enter the exhibition is a large-scale art installation inspired by space travel’s century-old dream of one day reaching the sun. From there you gravitate along seven ‘orbits’ examining the Sun from various perspectives: the Sun as a deity and a timekeeper, as a symbol, a luminous force, a remedy, an energy source, and of course as a star at the centre of our universe. The themes of the exhibition range from worship rituals in Ancient Egypt, alchemy and astrology to solar farms and space probes to bikinis, bombs, and pop music classics. Each section comprises hands-on research stations with an opportunity to look deeper into what makes the Sun so fascinating and allow you to reach your own surprising conclusions. Here comes the sun! (Text taken from the Deutsches-Hygiene-Museum website).
Opening times: Daily except Monday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: 9 EUR Regular, 4 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Lignerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 12 ‘Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’ stop, TRAM 10, 13 ‘Georg-Arnhold-Bad’ stop.