Friday, 21 December: 2018 Short Film Day
As the end of the year approaches, days keep on getting shorter until this Friday, the shortest day of the year. In 2011, the short film day was born in France to mark the shortest day of the year with showings of short films. The event, originally known in French as “le jour le plus court” has also been taking place in Germany ever since 2012 in a number of different venues, each showing either their own short films or short films from a number of different programs put together by the event’s organizers which follow a main theme. This year, the focus is set on the theme “City, Countryside, River” and follows the eternal dilemma faced by so many between choosing to live in loud cities or in the calm but rather unexciting countryside. While so many young people want to leave their villages as soon as possible to begin their lives in the city, many older people now desire more than ever to return to the calm and peaceful countryside. What about the river? The river is the connection between both, cutting through villages and cities. It is both calm with its peaceful flow while at the same time causing destruction whenever it decides to flood its banks. Alongside with this main theme, other venues, such as the Thalia cinema or Dresden’s castle will all show their own special short film programs. At Thalia you have the chance to watch funny and provoking porn shorts, while Dresden’s castle will show highlights of the current as well as past expositions. To check out all participating venues as well as their programs, be sure the check out the link below. Unfortunately, most films will be shown only in German, however, a few options for those who don’t speak German can also be found, such as the nature shorts shown in the Grüne Ecke, the outdoor film showing in front of the Neustadt’s Phase IV or for the Russian speakers among us, the Russian short films shown at Dresden’s German-Russian Institute.
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: https://kurzfilmtag.com/
Saturday, 22 December: Flea Market in the Neustadt Markthalle
It’s nearly Christmas and you still so not have all of your gifts? You might get lucky at this Saturday’s flea market in the Markthalle and find just the perfect gift which was missing on your list. Here you will find everything from antique items down to handcrafted goods and even a few quite interesting gadgets. The best part is that most items are very fairly priced, this is a place where many people often make very good deals on items that would otherwise be quite expensive and difficult to find. From old dolls to paintings and even wonderful porcelain, you will surely find something worth buying at this market. Even in the unlikely chance that you are not able to find anything interesting enough to take home, a visit to the Markthalle is already worth it due to the location itself. Built in 1893 it was the first building to replace the weekly open markets in Dresden and was one of three main market halls in the city. Unfortunately, the other two were destroyed during the second world war but a large part of the Neustadt market managed to survive the bombings of 1945. It was fully restored from 1997 to 2000 and is now home to 16 different stores as well as a gym. At least once a month the market hosts its traditional Saturday flea market, which occupies a large area of over 3 stories inside the hall.
Beginning: 9 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Neustädter Markthalle, Metzer Str. 1, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/474811866345949/
Sunday, 23 December: Christmas Market at Hoflößnitz
It’s the last weekend before Santa Claus arrives which means it’s also the last weekend in which most Christmas markets may still be visited. At Hoflößnitz, on the banks of the river Elbe in Radebeul, this will be the only weekend during the Advent period in which the winery opens its door to host a wonderful and colourful market. Alongside with theatre and music performances, a number of stands with delicious food and handcrafted goods from the Elbe valley region will be on sale. For those who have yet not had the chance to visit one of Saxony’s most important wineries, this weekend presents the perfect opportunity to do so. The location itself is already worth a visit, standing atop beautiful grape plantations and overlooking the river. For someone who has never been there yet it may be difficult to believe or even imagine but the place has a truly Mediterranean feel to it despite being just a 10 minute train ride away from Dresden’s Neustadt train station with the S-Bahn. The winery which has been in operation for an incredible 600 years ever since 1401 makes some of the best wines in Germany and will have its own stands selling its wine for curious visitors for an accessible price. If you cannot make it for the Christmas market then be sure to plan a visit to Hoflößnitz in the summer, as it is open year round for guided tours and wine tastings. Of course, this weekend will be extra special with a magical Christmas atmosphere in the air.
Beginning: Sat and Sun from 12 p.m. Admission: Free; How to get there: Hoflößnitz, Knohllweg 37, 01445 Radebeul; S-Bahn S1 ‘Radebeul-Weintraube’ or TRAM 4 ‘Landesbühnen Sachsen’ stop, then walk for 10 mins.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/356414578463634/
Monday, 24 December: Nativity Play in the Hofkriche & Christmas Concert “A Child is Born”
It’s Christmas Eve! On Monday many of us will be busy getting everything ready for this year’s Christmas dinner and a few of the true procrastinators among us might even be busy making a few last runs to the mall to get those last few gifts. For those who are not so busy on the 24th, we’ve put together two tips as a selections of the many Christmas related events taking place this week. For those who believe Christmas is not entirely complete without beautiful Christmas Carols, the Catholic Hofkirche in the Dresden Altstadt shows a wonderful nativity play performance every year on Christmas Eve. Come by and watch not only the beautiful play but also all of the magical songs which are beautifully sung by a children’s choir. Although the performance may be in German, the carols are soothing and transmit a true Christmas spirit. For those who prefer just a regular concert, musicians Almuth Schultz and Juliane Gilbert will be on the stage for the third year in a row for their Christmas concert “A Child is Born”. As would be expected from a Christmas concert, the program includes a number of classical songs but is also enriched by tones leading all the way up to Jazz. In celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday this year, a few songs from South Africa have also been included in the program.
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Dresden Cathedral, Schloßstr. 24, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 9, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: 16 EUR Regular, 12 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Jagdschloß Graupa, Tschaikowskiplatz 7, 01796 Pirna; BUS 63 until Pillnitz and then change to BUS 83 to ‘Graupa Tschaikowskiplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2789181121107664/
Tuesday, 25 December: The Annual Christmas Karaoke & Christmas Concerts
Merry Christmas! Hopefully Santa Claus was generous with you this year, we all at the Welcome Center wish all of our guest researchers, PhD students and PostDocs a wonderful Christmas! To celebrate, the Blue Note Jazz bar in the Dresden Neustadt hosts a rather unusual annual Christmas tradition: Christmas Karaoke! Leave your shyness at home and come out to show off your singing skills on Christmas day. We cannot promise that any actual Christmas Carols will be sung but surely a number of jazzy tones will be on the program at Dresden’s most beloved jazz bar. For those who are not so confident when it comes to their singing skills, the city has an incredible amount of Christmas concerts to offer on the 25th. Below we added the links to two of such events but without a doubt the church closest to you will certainly have its own program set up for this which is the most important date in the Christian calendar. Regardless of your religious background, these concerts are certainly worth a visit, with wonderful orchestras and musicians performing heart-warming music.
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Blue Note Dresden, Görlitzer Str. 2b, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/321090705377842/
Wednesday, 26 December: Christmas Concert in Weesenstein Castle
It’s the second day of Christmas but the city is still has not left the holiday spirit behind and is still filled with Christmas music all around. Our tip for Wednesday includes wonderful music but is also in a beautiful location. Despite not being so well-known among tourists, this castle can boast a history of over six centuries and was made into a royal residence of the Saxon ruling family in the 19th century by then King Johann from Saxony. Further into the past, it was an important fortification during medieval times and was already mentioned in documents as far back as 1318. The castle sits atop a massive rock formation and also has a beautiful garden. For this very special concert, the castle welcomes 4 musicians from Dresden’s Chamber Music Ensemble, playing the trumpet, the violin, the cello, as well as the double bass. Awaiting you is a baroque concert with works by Bach, Telemann, Händel, and many other great composers.
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: 25 EUR Regular, 20 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Schloss Weesenstein, Am Schlossberg 1, 01809 Weesenstein; S-Bahn S1 to ‘Heidenau’ then change to the SB 72 until the ‘Haltepunkt Weesenstein’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/562070914232446/
Thursday, 27 December: Floor on Fire – Battle of Styles
Text taken from the event’s description: “Breakdance against ballet, street style against contemporary, hip-hop measures itself with lace dance. HELLERAU’s innovative dance format Floor on Fire – Battle of Styles lives from the individuality of the dancers, their virtuoso skills and their unlimited creativity. The actors*in alternating order from the fields of ballet, breakdance and contemporary try to outdo their opponents with their own performances. Without following a choreography, the dancers show the different facets of their respective dance styles with great fun and enthusiasm. An experience for dancers and audience!” The event is listed as sold out, however, for all who are interested there is a good chance of getting a few tickets on the evening box office. Make sure to give Hellerau a short call in advance as one may also be put on a waiting list for tickets which become free.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 17 EUR Regular, 8 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/floor-on-fire/