Friday, 15 March: Ayanna Witter-Johnson (Concert)
Time Out magazine writes: “Cellist and singer Ayanna Witter-Johnson has to be heard to be believed. Her self-assured style blends a honey-sweet vocal delivery with bewitching cello-playing.” Her own website describes her as a rare exception to the rule that classical and alternative r&b music cannot successfully coexist. The singer, songwriter, and cellist graduated from both Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Manhattan School of Music. She was a participant in the London Symphony Orchestra’s Panufnik Young Composers Scheme and became an Emerging Artist in Residence at London’s Southbank Centre. She later became the only non-American to win the Amateur Night Live at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, NYC. Throughout her career, she has also shown to be a talented composer, having worked as an arranger and orchestrator with the London Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Because of her musical prowess, mesmerizing vocals, non-compromising lyrics and ability to deftly reinterpret songs on the cello Ayanna is able to straddle both the classical and urban worlds effortlessly. She is the definition of eclectic soul. (Adapted from the artist’s website)
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 22 EUR Regular, 16 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/341276010056305/
Saturday, 16 March: St. Patrick’s Special Week
In preparation for St. Patrick’s on Sunday, the Neustadt’s Zapfanstalt has put together a very special selection of Irish beers to get you excited for the beer-lover’s favorite festival of the year! 6 different beers may be tasted during the week leading up to St. Patrick’s Day, 5 of them coming from The White Hag Brewery and one from the O’Hara’s Brewery. Each beer is of a different kind, ranging from a Dry Stout all through a Red IPA so for those who enjoy trying new beers this is the perfect place to be. The bar itself provides a very relaxed atmosphere and even has a Super Nintendo as well as table football for the enjoyment of its guests. To go along with their selection of Irish beer, you will also be able to try some Irish snacks and enjoy Irish folk music. On Sunday the bar will not close before all of the Irish beer barrels are empty so for all passionate beer drinkers among us, it is the right day to make it to the Zapfanstalt!
Opening times: Daily from 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. Admission: Free; How to get there: Zapfanstalt, Sebnitzer Str. 15, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/501525580254289/
Sunday, 17 March: 6th Dresden St. Patrick’s Day
Saint Patrick’s Day may not be an official holiday in Germany as it is in Ireland and Northern Ireland but this year we are lucky enough to have it fall on a Sunday so as to be able to celebrate just like the Irish! For the sixth year in a row, Shamrock, the Dresden Altstadt’s most famous Irish Pub, has put together a very special program to celebrate Ireland’s most famous and important holiday. St. Patrick’s Day goes much beyond being a simple religious holiday in observance of the death of the Irish patron saint. Today, it is a cultural festival celebrated by the Irish and non-Irish alike and commemorates the heritage of the Irish in general. The short festival on the Postplatz will last from Friday until Sunday and will feature 5 live bands, the Irish Dance Company Dresden, and the Dresden Pipes & Drums band. Don’t forget to put on some green clothes, shamrocks (clovers) if you have any and get ready to have lots of fun in this which is one of the year’s happiest festivals.
Beginning: 5 p.m. Admission: Free; How to get there: Postplatz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
Monday, 18 March: The Favourite
Following its release at the 75th Venice Film festival in August 2018 and its theatrical release in the United States in November 2018, the film will be on show this week at the Thalia cinema in the Neustadt. If you still haven’t had the chance to watch it, do not miss this which was one of the most successful movies at this year’s Academy Awards, tying with Roma as the movie with the most nominations with ten. Actress Olivia Colman won the award for best actress for her performance as Queen Anne and Rachel Weisz won the award for best supporting actress in a supporting role for her performance as Lady Sarah. Set in early 18th-century England as England wages war with the French, it examines the relationship between two cousins, Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough and Abigail Masham, Baroness Masham, both vying to be court favorites of Queen Anne. With an overall approval rating of 93% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, you will not be disappointed by this movie which received critical acclaim for its screenplay, direction, acting, cinematography, music, costume design, and production values.
Beginning: 5:45 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 19 March: Kulturrabazzz 2019
Kulturrabazzz is a one-week festival of post contemporary music, jazz, beats, room design, dance, politics, Object Theater and just pure freshness! Every evening at 7:30 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, on Friday at 8:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 4 p.m. at least two bands will play at Kukulida, which has been specially decorated for the week. On Tuesday, the five element evil jazz band Killing Popes will play followed by an unforgettable live techno set by Dan Nicholls. The Kukulida-based Zur Schönen Aussicht group will play on every evening alongside the guest bands and serves in a way as the centerpiece of the festival. The three element band celebrated their tenth anniversary in January and experiment with new forms of jazz, including elements from contemporary and post contemporary music. Although the entrance to every concert is free, donations are requested as this incredible festival would not exist if it weren’t for the generous donations of sponsors and visitors alike. For the full program be sure to check out the link below.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation requested; How to get there: Kukulida, Martin-Luther-Str. 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Str./Rothenburger Str.’ Stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/254146425501809/
Wednesday, 20 March: Dialog in Deutsch
Are you trying to improve your German but just don’t seem to find the right opportunity to do so? Look no more, as the Dresden city libraries all offer a weekly event meant to improve the conversational skills of all who are on the long journey towards mastering the difficult German language. At the “Dialog in Deutsch” events you have the chance to practice your German skills in a relaxed and open environment alongside other expatriates. Anyone is welcome to join and no registration is required, just show up and share your experiences with learning German and be prepared to make some new friends along the way. Don’t forget to leave your fear of speaking in German and possibly making a few mistakes here and there at home as no one is here to judge how well you master the German language. All participants are separated into smaller groups so that the conversation may flow and all groups are supervised by trained volunteers who also help lead the conversation and may jump in to help in case you find it difficult to express a certain thought. If you are interested in attending the sessions at another library, check out the library’s event calendar on the link below as weekly sessions also take place in Prohlis, Gorbitz, as well as in the Neustadt libraries. The central library offers two sessions every Wednesday, namely at 5 p.m. and another directly afterwards beginning at 6 p.m.
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden Zentralbibliothek, Schlossstr. 2, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
Thursday, 21 March: FIASKO
FIASKO is a trans-European opera installation that ties in with the tradition of opera and transforms it into a contemporary, open form. Based on the metaphor of voice loss and against the backdrop of current European conflicts, the K.A.U. directing team set out on a journey of discovery.&Wdowik, the composer Wojtek Blecharz and the cameraman Dino Osmanovic on a cinematic journey to the easternmost border of Europe: from Germany via the bay of Gdańsk to Kaliningrad, they encountered echoing forms of expression of local traditions – such as a traditional costume group performing circle dances on the grounds of a former ammunition factory, the buzzing of Polish farmers’ wives plucking their down or hunting horn blowers and bagpipers with impressive wind instruments. The artists combine their encounters with people, musical styles and stories in impressive pictures. The musical material of the traditional groups in the film combines Blecharz with alienated reminiscences from the classical opera repertoire and their own compositions. (Text taken from the Hellerau website) The performance on Thursday will be an abbreviated version (2 h) with a discussion with the composer. If you are interested in the full performance (4 h), be sure to buy tickets for the Wednesday performance!
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: 11 EUR Regular, 7 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str.56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/fiasko-k-a-u/