Friday, 25 January: Opening of the Dresden “Winterzauber”
The year has just begun but perhaps a few of you already miss the smell of glühwein and the grilled bratwurst from the Christmas markets in December. If you thought you would have to wait all the way until this year’s Christmas season to experience these delicacies we have great news: this Friday marks the opening of Dresden’s main winter market, “Winterzauber”, or Winter Magic in English. It may not be as large and well decorated as a true Christmas market but if you are after some good glühwein to warm you up on a cold winter day, then this is the place to be. All in all, the winter market on the Altmarkt does offer a few advantages in comparison to the traditional Christmas market in December. For starters, it is not as full of tourists so visitors can move freely in between the food stands. It also features a tall slide for the small ones and an ice rink for anyone wishing to ice skate on Dresden’s largest square. Along with ice skating, here you can also challenge your friends for a round of ice stock sport, a very fun winter sport somewhat similar to curling. The market will be open until March 10th and entrance is, of course, free of charge.
Opening Hours: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information: http://www.dresdner-winterzauber-2019.de/
Saturday, 26 January: Outdoor Winter Barbecue
Who says barbecues are only a summer thing? The Konzertplatz’s event this Saturday is here to prove all who think so wrong, as they have put together a delicious barbecue event for everyone who already misses the taste of grilled meat common to the summer. Perhaps instead of a cold beer you might chose to go for a warm cup of glühwein instead, but the delicious barbecue remains the same as that from the summer! Invite all your friends along for an afternoon in this beautiful clearing inside the Dresden Heide at Weißer Hirsch. From here, you may also go for a relaxing walk into the Dresden Heide forest or if you need some activity to warm you up, go for a round of ice skating on the ice rink set up at the Konzertplatz. If ice skating isn’t really your thing but you are still in need of warmth, then just scooch a little closer to one of the fires and you’ll surely be able to frighten the cold away. For all who have an interest in architecture, don’t miss the chance to also take a walk around the streets of Weißer Hirsch, one of Dresden’s most charming villa neighbourhoods. Walk your way down to the Louisenhof, where you have a wonderful view over the Elbe valley and from there, you may take the Standseilbahn, one of Germany’s oldest funiculars to make it down to one of Europe’s oldest suspension bridges still open, the Blaues Wunder.
Opening Hours: 5 – 9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Konzertplatz Weißer Hirsch, Stechgrundstraße, 01324 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Plattleite’ stop.
Sunday, 27 January: Gypsy Jam Session
With the beginning of a new year, it is now time for the 2019’s first Gypsy Jam Session, once more 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. Feel free to invite anyone you know who might have an interest in playing as the organizers hope to get enough people together to be able to organize a monthly event. 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 gypsy jazz!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Die 100, Alaunstraße 100, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
Monday, 28 January: Beautiful Boy
Beautiful Boy is a 2018 biographical film based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff, namely Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through his Son’s Addiction and Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. It chronicles the heart-breaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. The movie premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 2018 and was later theatrically released in the United States on October 2018. It has received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the performances of Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. Chalamet earned nominations at the Golden Globes, Screen Actor Guild, and BAFTA Awards for his performance. The critical consensus on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reads: “Beautiful Boy sees Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell delivering showcase work that’s often powerful enough to make up for the story’s muted emotional impact.”
Beginning: 9:10 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Students; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 29 January: Tuesday Night Jump – Swing Dance Party in the Scheune
Swing dance actually refers to a group of dances, all of which developed with the swing style of jazz music in the ‘20s-‘40s and led to the popular “swing era”. Hundreds of different dances came out of the “swing era”, however, only a few survived until today, the most well-known of all being Lindy Hop, which originated in the New York neighbourhood of Harlem in the early 1930’s. What is so great about swing? Swing is a mixture of individuality within a wonderful community, the music infects whoever hears it, surprises and creates magical moment. Anyone who dances swing smiles, laughs, savours the moment, the music, the movement, and the partner. If you do not have any experience with swing dance but would like to learn the basics, just come by at 8 p.m. for an open course where you can already start moving your hips to the rhythm. After a surprise short film presentation, the Dresden Big Band and other special guests will play live and everyone is welcome to join the dance floor and dance the night away. The program also includes a few surprises along the night and a Lindy Hop performance, so come out to be sure you don’t miss out!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Scheune Dresden, Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/277646069761938/
Wednesday, 30 January: Organ Concert in the Frauenkirche
Dresden is home to a number of beautiful churches, all of which house jaw droppingly beautiful organs. The organ in the Frauenkirche in particular is a true work of art, especially due to its rather unconventional position in the church directly above the main altar rather than behind the nave as is common in most churches around the world. To celebrate these wonderful instruments and to give a chance for the public, both religious and non-religious alike, to experience the music of these organs, the Dresden Orgelzyklus (Organ Cycle) was created in 2006 as a joint project between the three old city churches, with the Kulturpalast on the Altmarkt also joining in 2017 following extensive renovation works on its imposing organ. Every week, the public has the chance to attend concerts in one of these four venues which all host the event on a rotating schedule and star different organists. This week, the Frauenkirche opens its doors and welcomes renowned Kreuzkirche organist Holger Gehring. Besides being the lead organist of the Saxonian Lutheran Churches since 2005, he also works alongside important orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and accompanies the Kreuzchor boys choir on their international travels. For the concert on Wednesday, he will be playing works by Adolph Friedrich Hesse, Alexandre-Pierre-Francois Boely, Eugene Gigout, and Cesar Franck.
Beginning: 4:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Frauenkirche Dresden, Neumarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.frauenkirche-dresden.de/kalender/detail/event/21460/
Thursday, 31 January: Semester End Party
The year may be just beginning but the winter semester is finally coming to an end as this week marks the last week of classes on the TU calendar before the final examination period begins in February. To celebrate a great semester and kick off holidays maybe a bit early (if holidays ever were “too” early), the Club Mensa has put together a huge party! Come in before 11 p.m. and get free entry as well as a free beer! If that’s not enough to get your attention, then the student friendly prices of Dresden’s largest student club surely will, with beer being sold for €1,50 and gin & tonic for as little as €2! Music from the 80s and 90s as well as pop and rock await you and to ensure you have a bit of extra money to make it until the next semester, everyone who attends will have the chance to win €50 cash on the spot. Bring all your friends along and have a blast to celebrate the arrival of the semester holidays!
Beginning: 10:22 p.m.; Admission: Free until 11 p.m., later 2 EUR for students, 3 EUR for non-students; How to get there: Club Mensa, Reichenbachstr. 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 8 ‘Reichenbachstraße’ stop.