(Photo: C. Reichert)
Friday, 2 November: Folded Fold of a Handing Hand (Exhibition)
Despite being a rather new art gallery in Dresden, the Schimmel Projects Art Gallery has already welcomed numerous fascinating exhibitions in the past few months, with the gallery’s main focus being contemporary and experimental art. On Thursday, November 1, the gallery opened its doors once more for its fresh new exhibition, which may be visited until November 18. ‘Folded Fold of a Handing Hand’, a solo show by Israeli artist Ruti de Vries, marks the opening of the gallery’s second season. In this wonderful expression of dichotomies, de Vries combines sculptures and two-dimensional pieces in order to explore the analogies between materials and between words. There is a constant move between flat and full, between two dimensions and three dimensions. The artist found his inspiration in the well-known design of playing cards. The card is within itself a form of duality which is made so that the player may be able to look at the two sides and see the ‘right’ form of the shape. There is certain interest in balance, colors, body, gaze, gravity force, directions, and shape.
Opening Hours: Until Nov 18, Thu – Sun 2 p.m. – 5p.m.; Admission: Not listed; How to get there: Schimmel Projects – Art Centre, Großenhainer Str. 61-63, 01127 Dresden; TRAM 3, 13 ‘Liststraße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/768714946805158/
Saturday, 3 November: Drum the World (Concert)
Last week, Thursday’s tip was the opening of the Jazztage Dresden and of course, as November continues, we could not let this week go by without including at least one event from this which is definitely the main event going on in Dresden at the moment. This Saturday, a family friendly concert led by Oded Kafri will bring together drummers on stage for a declaration of love on all rhythms of the world. The program is made up of a colourful mixture from the most different styles, live mixes, as well as the group’s newly composed songs. The Israeli Drum & Bass and Techno virtuoso as well as YouTube superstar Oded Kafri takes up the stage with a band composed by, among others, Bouba Fall, who is at home playing his African drums. This concert does not shy too far from a wild percussion journey across the globe. As put by Kafri himself, “For many years I have been performing all over the globe with my concept “Drum The World”. But truly it was born as a vision to have many drummers on stage, dancing, singing and bringing powerful rhythms together”. Be sure to buy your tickets as soon as possible as not many places are left, for those who can’t get enough, a combination ticket is also on sale for the evening concert, “Night of the Guitars”.
Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Reduced tickets starting at 9 EUR, Regular tickets starting at 14 EUR; How to get there: Erlwein Capitol Ostrapark, Messering 8E, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 ‘Messe Dresden’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://bit.ly/2O9yihr
Sunday, 4 November: Spielraum 2018 – Toys and Games Fair
Beginning on Saturday and going on through the weekend, Dresden’s largest annual toys and games fair is finally back. Experience four pavilions full of game fun from famous names such as Playmobil, Lego, Zapf, Nintendo, Brio, etc.! Get ready to fly and drive with drones and remote-controlled cars, to rediscover a passion for video games, or just try out one of the over 500 board and card games available at the family play area, all of which may be explained by guides who are more than happy to help. This year, the successful game-event “Games for Families” presents in an area of over 2000 sq m a variety of family-oriented computer, console, and board games from world-famous brands such as Disney, Activision, Acer, and many more! For all of the young as well as grown up creative builders there will be a playing area with over 300,000 Lego bricks as well as a large Playmobil collection. This is your chance to be creative and try out all of the new gaming trends! This is also a great chance to find the perfect holiday gift, as the end of the year is now just around the corner.
Opening Hours: Sat. 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission: 10 EUR Regular, 7,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: OstraPark, Messering 8E, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 10 stop ‘Messe Dresden’.
More information and tickets: www.spielraum-dresden.de
Monday, 5 November: Mandy
Just a few days after Halloween, the Kino in der Fabrik (cinema in the factory) will present a spooky movie which marks the recent comeback of Nicholas Cage. ‘Mandy’ is an action horror film directed by Panos Cosmatos and has received critical acclaim ever since its premier at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival on January 19, 2018. The movie’s praise was directed at its style, its originality, Cage’s performance, and the action sequences. A short summary by Eric S. Crane on IMDb reads: “A psychedelic tale of a quiet logger named Red who lives a life of serenity with his wife, in their dream cabin in the woods. But when the leader of a deranged cult becomes enamored with Red’s wife, he and his people terrorize the couple, leaving Red spiraling into madness. The psycho goes full grindhouse as Red, armed with a battle axe and any drugs he can find, goes on a violent rampage, enacting his revenge on the cult in the most gruesome ways.”
Beginning: 9:30 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Kino in der Fabrik, Tharandter Straße 33, 01159; BUS 63 ‘Clara-Viebig-Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 6 November: The Irish Folk Festival 2018
The Brexit vote has put Ireland in a rather delicate position. To what union does this country belong: The United Kingdom or the European Union? Is a tough border between Northern Ireland and Ireland going to be built? Ever since the “Good Friday Agreement”, both Irelands have made efforts towards a softer border and everyone has profited from this arrangement ever since. The majority of the population in Northern Ireland voted against Brexit, possibly opening the doors for the dream of a reunited Ireland to soon turn into reality. Anyone who knows Irish culture will recognize that their music, dances and singing are elements of people’s dreams and do not accept any borders. The Irish Folk Festival has shown the world for the past 45 years where Ireland belongs: as part of Europe. The organizers of the event are certain that if a hard border is ever built, then all of the traditional old songs will be heard louder and with more passion from Northern Ireland. For this reason, the main theme of this year’s festival is “Music knows no borders” and hopes to send a clear message to the world that life is better in a world without borders.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 30 EUR; How to get there: Boulevardtheater Dresden, Maternistraße 17, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 7, 10, 12 ‘Freiberger Straße’ stop.
More information: https://boulevardtheater.de/produktion/the-irish-folk-festival.html
Wednesday, 7 November: Songs of the Soul
Come out and enjoy a relaxing concert on Wednesday evening, featuring songs of meditation and relaxation from 7 different groups from all around the world. The artists performing in Songs of the Soul have imagined a journey through a vast landscape of musical expression – classical and modern, Eastern and Western, tranquil and fast-paced, contemplative and joyful. The concert pays a homage to Sri Chinmoy, hailed by Nelson Mandela as “a voice of reason that we all must heed”. He was an internationally acclaimed musician, composer, artist, author and poet whose haunting melodies captivated audiences worldwide. For Chinmoy, music was more than art, entertainment or even self-expression – it was language of the soul, a bridge from earth to heaven capable of dissolving man-made barriers, closing gaps between cultures, faiths and nations. Admission to the concert is free of charge, however, tickets must be reserved in advance either by the phone or online via the link below.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Boulevardtheater Dresden, Maternistraße 17, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 7, 10, 12 ‘Freiberger Straße’ stop.
More information and ticket reservations: https://bit.ly/2P29xsB
Thursday, 8 November: International Pantomime Festival – Opening Evening
Every week, we at the Welcome Center search events taking place in Dresden which may be attended even by those with little to no German knowledge. This week marks the beginning of a festival which may be attended by anyone without any specific language knowledge as all performances are silent at the International Pantomime Festival. Pantomime performances were first developed in England and are still performed in the United Kingdom as well as other English-speaking countries and to a lesser extend throughout the world. It is a type of musical comedy stage production designed for family entertainment. For this opening gala on Thursday, participating artists will present the best of their performances. At the event, pantomime groups from France, Russia, and Germany will be on stage for a 120-minute-long performance, with a small pause in between. Come out and enjoy a hilarious and fun evening.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 15,75 EUR Regular, 10,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Vizthum-Gymnasium, Paradiesstr. 35, 01217 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Räcknitzhöhe’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://bit.ly/2EPcJ6p