Friday, 22 March: Musical World Trip
An economy round the world ticket costs somewhere between $2,500 and $6,000 depending on the route, airline, and starting country; however, this Friday’s musical round the world trip will cost you no more than a small donation! If you also think this sounds like a super deal then be sure to come out to the Rösslstube in Dresden’s Friedrichstadt neighbourhood and get ready to be taken around the world through the power of the universal language of music. Close your eyes and enjoy a trip spanning from the warm South American bays in Colombia all the way to the smoky bars in Eastern Europe. Feel the joy of visiting a Turkish wedding and before you know it you will be roaming Hungary on a gypsy caravan. When it seems like this global journey has come to an end, you might find yourself in a Romanian mountain village and the next moment the music will lead you into the immensity of the Sahara desert. This true mix of rhythms and beats will include genres such as Balkan music, East-European Folk, Cumbia, Calypso, Yé Yé, Afrobeat, Arab, and many more just to mention a few of what is on the program. No doubt this is a concert with music for truly all imaginable music tastes!
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based ; How to get there: Die Rösslstube, Friedrichstraße 37, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 10 or BUS 94 ‘Weißeritzstraße’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/396836090864837/
Saturday, 23 March: Starf*cker (Rolling Stones Tribute Band)
We apologize for this four-element Rolling Stones tribute band’s rather daring name but for any Rolling Stones fans out there this is definitely a highlight for the weekend. The show’s venue playfully mentions in the event description how they unfortunately are unable to afford bringing the world’s largest rock band to Dresden, however, they made sure to bring a cheaper alternative which is just as good… or maybe even better! The band’s repertoire includes all of the greatest hits by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards known around the world such as “Satisfaction”, “Start me Up”, “Angie”, and many more. The band already exists since 1989 and after so many years of concerts throughout Europe and the world has reached a level where their differences to the original Rolling Stones has become hardly noticeable. Even die-hard Rolling Stones fans have confirmed that no other Stones cover band comes close to the original as the Starf*ckers with their truly grandiose concerts. The charismatic frontman Mike Kilian is so energetic on stage and manages to interact with the audience in such a way that it is hard not to notice that he isn’t actually Mick Jagger. For all rock fans out there, make sure to buy your tickets for this unforgettable evening!
Beginning: Doors open: 7 p.m., Concert: 8 p.m.; Admission: 21,60 EUR; How to get there: Club Tante JU, An der Schleife 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Hellersiedlung’ stop.
Sunday, 24 March: Olicía + Zur Schönen Aussicht
For those who read last week’s What’s On in Dresden or for anyone who visited the Kulturrabazzz festival any day throughout the past week in Kukulida, you will already be familiar with the experimental Dresden band Zur Schönen Aussicht. The band tries out different variations of Jazz and combines this well-known musical genre with other kinds of music so as to come up with wonderful new creations. Although the band tours its way through Germany throughout the year, the members all feel most at home in Dresden’s own Kukulida and are here for more than an entire week for the Kulturrabazzz festival, which provides a platform for new artists from various genres. The band plays alongside the featured artists or bands each evening for a fun and diverse mix. For the festival’s final concert, the organizers invited an incredible feminine duo, Olícia. Through the use of loops and incredible vocals, these two women sing with what seems to be much more than two voices, captivating the audience into incredible songs which also include the use of synthesizers, basslines and percussion. Get taken away by outfits which match the texture of sound, allowing ears and eyes to fuse. If all of this sounds too confusing at first, be sure to check out the link below for a few of their productions and be ready to be blown away by these wonderful women.
Beginning: 4 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: https://olicia.bandcamp.com/releases
Monday, 25 March: Mid90s
The New York Times’ review reads, “written and directed by Jonah Hill, this film wants to be less a period piece than a time capsule, an immersion in the sights and sound of s pop-cultural moment”, while Kirstin Smith from Plugged In writes, “mid90s is a hard film. Although it’s about kids, it is certainly not for them.” With generally positive reviews the movie marks a promising first outing as a director for Jonah Hill, who until know was well-known for his primarily comedic roles. As the title suggests, the movie takes place in the mid-1990s in the city of Los Angeles. The coming-of-age comedy-drama film follows the story of 13-year-old Stevie with his aggressive, fitness-obsessed older brother Ian and single mother Dabney. The plot spans a summer of his life as he navigates between his troubled home life and a group of friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop. At school, his richer friends seem to overlook him but his newly made friends will soon teach him a few tough lessons about race, class, and privilege.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 26 March: ESN Pub Crawl
Whether you have just arrived in Dresden for the new semester or if you’ve already been here for a few years, it’s always a great idea to get to know a bit more of what the city has to offer and make new friends while doing so. In order to give all incoming exchange students a warm welcome, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) has put together their traditional semester start welcome week, filled with a number of different social events including their legendary pub crawl. After meeting at Albertplatz, the group will wander its way through the Neustadt district, stopping by on four bars. At each bar, a cold beer will be awaiting the group as well as a shot on the way out to warm everybody up for the walk until the next bar. By the end of the evening, everyone will surely be relaxed enough to break the ice and talk openly, paving the way for new and lasting friendships throughout this new academic year. Don’t worry if you are not an exchange student, as the event is open to all. Be sure to check out the link below to find out exactly where you may buy tickets and for the exact meeting point on the day of the event.
Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: 14 EUR, 12 EUR with an ESN Card; How to get there: Albertplatz (exact location announced on the day), 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2526994103995665/
Wednesday, 27 March: Punk Yoga for All
Yoga does not need much of an introduction, this ancient tradition stemming from Hinduism dates back all the way to the sixth century BCE and is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. Originally, Yoga denoted a group of physical, mental as well as spiritual practices and disciplines but in today’s Western world, it often denotes a modern form of Hatha yoga. Hatha literally translated to “force” and alludes to the physical techniques and postures in yoga, called asanas. Today, yoga may be found in various different forms, even beer yoga has become a practice in some countries and many yogis now enjoy acro-yoga, which combines acrobatic movements. At Dresden’s AZ Conni, the current trend is the practice of punk yoga, which has movements similar to regular yoga but is done to the sound of punk music. The best part is that this rather uncanny practice is offered on a weekly basis and all you need is to bring your own yoga-mat and a bit of flexibility and curiosity. Classes may be lectured in German, however, it is not too hard to learn all movements simply by watching, so come along and exercise your body and mind to the sound of punk rock!
Beginning: 5:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: AZ Conni, Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße 39, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Stauffenbergallee’ stop or BUS 64 ‘Rudolf-Leonhard-Straße’ stop,
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/210732346537183/?event_time_id=210732389870512
Thursday, 28 March: Ultimatum (Dance Premier)
The Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company is based in equal measure in the cities of Dresden and Frankfurt am Main. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Jacopo Godani serves as artistic director of the company and is the choreographer for the company’s brand new piece Ultimatum, premiering in Hellerau this coming Thursday. His work is differentiated and remains very physical and rough, an organism he uses in an extremely structured way. Godani is again responsible for costumes, light and stage. The piece will become part of the company’s repertoire and will be on show for a few days, so if you are not able to attend the premiere on Thursday for whatever reason, be sure to check out the link below which includes not only more information on tickets but also the following dates when the piece may be viewed. Since its creation, the Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company has gained international acclaim and performed around the globe. For anyone who enjoys contemporary dance, this is surely an event that cannot be missed,
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 11 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 and other dates: https://www.hellerau.org/en/event/ultimatum/