Friday, 23 November: Céline Rudolph
Although many of our readers by now probably despise airports after at some point in life having experienced way too long connections or missed flights, this Friday we invite you all for a wonderful event at Dresden’s airport. No, it is not the arrival of anyone special nor your departure to a sunny holiday destination, rather, one of the most beautiful European jazz voices will be performing at this rather uncommon venue. The daughter of a Frenchwoman from Bordeaux and a cosmopolitan musical enthusiast from Berlin, Céline Rudolph started singing along with the Brazilian classic “Rosa Morena” to an LP at the age of five. Her mother was singing French chansons to her at home, while Céline learned to play Nat Adderley’s “Work Song” on her recorder. She picked up the piano and started composing as an autodidact, then started writing French songs on the guitar at the age of twelve. Years went by filled with musical experiences, including a study of jazz vocals and composition at the Hochschule der Künste Berlin, a study of African music with the percussionist Famoudou Konaté in West Africa as well as four tours across Europe and Brazil. Describing her music would not be possible along these short lines, so be sure to check out the link to Céline’s website below and make sure to get your tickets while they last!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Regular Tickets starting at 19 EUR, Reduced starting at 14 EUR; How to get there: Flughafen Dresden, Wilhelmine-Reichard-Ring, 01109 Dresden; S-BAHN S2 or BUS 77, 80 ‘Flughafen’ stop.
More information: https://www.celinerudolph.com/
Saturday, 24 November: Polski Transfer
Text taken from the event’s website: “HELLERAU – European Centre of the Arts, located in Dresden, near the borders to the Czech Republic, but also to Poland, sees itself as a hub between Western and Eastern Europe with the associated questions of identity and history in a regional and global context. HELLERAU is concerned to invite its neighbours and to stimulate a dialogue beyond the rapid politics of the day through contemporary stage arts. On the occasion of Poland’s 100-year independence, a broad spectrum of selected artistic positions in contemporary Polish theatre will be presented with performances, music, films, installations, encounters and discussions.” The Polski Transfer festival will continue until December 2nd and includes a number of installations which may be visited at any time free of charge. The highlights for this Saturday include The Prince, and experimental film directed by Karol Radziszewski at 1 p.m., the performance Margarete, which may be seen at 3 and 5:30 p.m., as well as the discussion “The world is going black.” And Poland? with the participation of theatre and cultural scientist Prof. Dr. Dorota Sajewska.
Beginning: 1 p.m.; Admission: Varied depending on the exhibition/performance; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
Sunday, 25 November: 6th Dresden Gypsy Jazz Session
Following the 4th and 5th edition in September and October respectively, it is now time for the last Gypsy Jam Session of the year in the Neustadt’s oldest café, Die 100. Get ready for a musical journey back to the beginning of the twentieth century! Everyone is welcome this Sunday for the relaxed atmosphere of the ‘Die 100’ Café, as musicians from around town come together for a jam session a la Django Reinhardt. The band ‘GuFranouche’ will be present with their bass, guitars as well as violin, but anyone with an instrument such as clarinets, accordions or any other jazz-related instrument and interested in Gypsy Jazz is more than welcome to play. All music will be played without the use of amplifiers for a true ‘20s experience. Naturally, if you are not so gifted with musical instruments, you may also come by and only enjoy the music as well as the café, which will be serving its delicious drinks and snacks as usual to ensure everyone stays in a good mood. Come out on Sunday night and swing into the new week with a pinch of some good old jazz!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Die 100, Alaunstraße 100, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/691988684507505/?event_time_id=691988711174169
Monday, 26 November: European Outdoor Film Tour
The most renowned film event on the European outdoor calendar: The European Outdoor Film Tour is heading to more than 300 venues in 15 countries showing inspiring protagonists with a heartfelt passion for adventure and the great outdoors. Throughout the programmes of the last 15 years, the organizers have followed one principle: We need no actors, no blue screen, no second takes. Only true adventure. THIS IS REAL. No script, no actors, no special effects. Only true stories, authentic characters and breath-taking action (Text taken from the event website). For anyone who loves the outdoors and adventures, this is an event that cannot be missed. Even for those who are not so into adventures but just enjoy watching other people do awesome things, the movies shown will all surely blow you away. For an overview of the movies shown, be sure to check out the link below. The entire program will last around 2.5 hours, as the film program lasts 120 minutes plus a 30 minute break in between. All movies will be shown with English subtitles. Tickets may be purchased at the Globetrotter store on the Prager Straße (Prager Str. 10) and the event will take place in Dresden’s Rundkino.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Not listed online, please check directly with Globetrotter Dresden; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Str. 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9, 11 ‘Walpurgisstr.’ Stop.
More information: https://de.eoft.eu/en/programme/
Tuesday, 27 November: Mars at Sunrise
Movie description taken from Rotten Tomatoes, © Eyes Infinite Films: ‘Mars At Sunrise is the story of a war waged on imagination. A painter’s resistance, courage and spirit can never be imprisoned in this highly stylized story of the conflict of two frustrated artists on either side of Israel’s militarized borders. Inspired by the creative journey of renowned Palestinian artist in exile Hani Zurob and on true stories and testimonies from the region, we witness expression, confinement, torture, jealousy, courage and freedom as both artists from each culture strive to paint a picture of life surrounded by conflict. Mars at Sunrise stars Ali Suliman as Khaled, Golden Globe Winner for Best Foreign Film 2005, Paradise Now; Guy El Hanan as Eyal, an Israeli radio personality and an accomplished playwright; and Haale Gafori as Azzadeh, a singer based in Brooklyn and author of the film’s original poetry. The soundtrack features six languages (English, Hebrew, Russian, Yiddish, Farsi and Arabic) and was produced by Tamir Muskat of the Balkan Beat Box, and featuring original music by Itamar Ziegler and Mohsen Subhi.’
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 3 EUR Regular, 2 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Motorenhalle, Wachsbleichstr. 4a, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 6, 10 or BUS 94 ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.
Wednesday, 28 November: Opening of the 584 Dresden Striezelmarkt
Germany’s oldest Christmas Market opens its doors for the 584th time this Wednesday, in an event that attracts over 3000 guests, both from and beyond Dresden. As a tradition, an ecumenical church service first takes place at 3 p.m. at the Kreuzkirche, right next to the Dresden Altmarkt where all of the stands for the Christmas market as well as a huge Christmas tree have already been set up. Together with the city mayor, the opening ceremony will begin at 4 p.m.. During this ceremony, the Christmas market will finally turn on its lights, the world’s largest Christmas pyramid (a tradition from the Ore Mountains) will receive its first symbolical push, and the mayor will cut a 2018 mm long traditional Dresden Stollen, which will be then publicly distributed to all present. Together with the lighting up of the market’s lights, all stalls will also open, welcoming thousands of guests from around the world to one of Germany’s most magical Christmas markets. Until Christmas Eve, everyone is welcome to take a stroll down the market’s aisles and try the traditional winter food as well as the typical and delicious warm spiced wine, or Glühwein in German. For those who would like a small souvenir from Dresden, each year the organizers of the Christmas market come up with a new design for the market’s cups, which may be taken home by collectors, ideally when filled with some warm glühwein!
Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission:Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information: http://www.dresden.de/en/05/Christmas-in-Dresden.php
Thursday, 29 November: Ice Skating at the ‘Dresdner Winter’
Last week we already shortly wrote about the wonderful Dresdner Heide (Dresden Heath in Englsih), a forest hidden just northeast of the city. The Heide is in fact much larger than most people realize, boasting an area of around 6,133 hectares, making it one of the largest municipal forests in Germany by area. Right on the edge of this large forest is the Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch, a small event location inside a clearing in the forest. The open air concert venue is surrounded by the forest and during the winter months it transforms itself into a true winter wonderland. As the temperatures drop to below zero, it may be tempting to lock yourself at home and only leave when spring finally arrives, however, you might surprise yourself with the beauty winter has to offer. At the top of the Hirschberg (Deer Hill), you and your friends and family have the opportunity to ice skate in this magical forest and later enjoy a warm cup of Glühwein (warm spiced wine). Here you and your friends can also test out your abilities in the sport of Bavarian curling, also known simply as ice stock sport. The sport is similar to curling but has many different varieties. In its most common form, two teams of four players each take turns in aiming for a target, the Daube, with their ice stocks. Points are gained by being closest to the Daube after all players have thrown their stocks. Come out and have yourself a very merry and fun winter!
Opening Times: Mo-Fr Starting at 2 p.m., Sat, Sun, Holidays starting at 10 a.m.; Admission (ice skating for 2 hours): 4,50 EUR Regular, 3,50 EUR Reduced, additional 3 EUR for lending ice skates; How to get there: Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch, Stechgrundstraße, 01324 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Plattleite’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.konzertplatz-weisser-hirsch.de/winter/eisbahn