Friday, 26 April: Vinyl Kicks!
It is a round, mostly black object with an inscribed spiral groove which serves as an analogue sound storage medium and is made out of polyvinyl chloride, or just vinyl for short. It may now be quite a few years since you last heard a song played on a record but this week you have the chance to attend a wonderful party with music played solely with the use of vinyl records. In the age of DJs carrying around laptops and using digital turntables, it may seem rather outdated to use records but doing so surely does take quite a bit of skill. To celebrate the incredible world of analogue music, the Scheune in the Neustadt has invited four different DJs who still enjoy DJing the old way. Get ready for an unforgettable party to the sounds of classics by The Strokes, Queen, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Cure, The Killers, and many other artists and bands. The musical genres played vary depending on what DJ is on the turntables as they will take turns throughout the night, with some focusing more on indie music or rock and others playing 70s and 80s music as well as some good old funk. Come out and enjoy a night with great analogue music!
Beginning: 10 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; 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/288969615123696/
Saturday, 27 April: Opening of the Dresden Spring Market
As flowers bloom throughout the city’s gardens and the temperatures continue to rise, there remains no doubt that winter is definitely behind us. The days get longer, people seem happier and even the trees look better now that leaves are making a comeback and provide new colours for our city which seemed to be grey and dark for the past three months. In order to celebrate the most wonderful season of the year, Dresden’s annual Spring Market will open its door to visitors from and out of Dresden on Saturday on the Altmarkt. For those who visited the Christmas markets during December, the Spring Market may seem to be somewhat reminiscent of the famous Striezelmarkt. However, this time you will not find any warm Glühwein but rather a nice and cold beer to cool down from the spring heat. To properly open the market’s festivities, beginning at noon a group of international researchers from the TU (maybe some of you reading as well) will perform a traditional May Pole Dance. Then, the folklore dance group “Thea Maass” also from the TU will perform typical spring dances from around the world and finally invite the whole crowd to dance along, transforming the Altmarkt into a wonderful dance floor. Come out, dance, eat, and enjoy the magical beginning of spring!
Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/1445113718956307/
Sunday, 28 April: Dance Improvisation
This Sunday, everyone is welcome to take part in this fun project by the Tanzbühne Dresden theatre, which will now be going outdoors due to the warm weather. The name already says it all, the group “Las Tapas Dance Lab” meets on a regular basis for a dance improvisation session to the sound of live music. Sometimes things get funny, sometimes the dance seems quite serious, a few of the moves may seem abstract while others are totally focused. The dancers of the group all come from different backgrounds which also makes their dances even more unexpected. The group’s main goal is to break the border between theatre and dance, creating improvised dances that often seem as if they were improvised acting. All of this always happens with a good degree of interaction with the audience. So come out into the wonderful Alaunpark this Sunday and watch as the “Las Tapas Dance Lab” come up with improvised dances out in the open air. Who knows, maybe you might also be moved and decide to dance as well!
Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Alaunpark, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Alaunplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/636707410114810/
Monday, 29 April: Cine Mar – Surf Movie Night
Surfing is, without a doubt, one of the most incredible sports there is. It is both fun to do but also watching surfers ride huge waves while performing tricks on their boards is quite a deal of fun. This Monday, the Cine Mar Tour, which is making its way throughout various different European cities this year, will finally arrive in Dresden. The movie festival shows a few films all dedicated to the extreme sport of surfing, filmed in various beautiful beaches around the globe. Five movies are on the schedule for Monday, taking the audience to the South African Coast over to the North Atlantic and even across to the new world in El Salvador as well as way far south in New Zealand. All movies will be shown in their original versions so do not worry that they might be dubbed in German, as many films are in German movie theatres. Get ready for the most beautiful shots as well as some thrilling surf tricks on the big screen, who knows, maybe these movies might even inspire you to go on a surf trip throughout the world!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: 12,50 EUR; How to get there: Schauburg Dresden, Königsbrücker Straße 55, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/256861625226272/
Tuesday, 30 April: Walpurgis Night
Traditionally, the night between April 30th and May 1st is celebrated throughout Europe as the night to fight off witches and bad spirits. In Germanic folklore, it is believed that exactly on this night witches would gather on the Brocken, the highest peak of the German Harz Mountains, to perform rituals and connect with the other world. In order to protect themselves from this witchcraft, Christians would pray for the intercession of Saint Walpurga, who was hailed for battling pest, rabies and whooping cough, as well as against witchcraft. As per tradition, it is common to light large bonfires on this night, often named the witch burning, so as to ward off bad spirits. The tradition is widespread in Dresden and the surrounding region, with a wide number of fires already being planned. Below, you may find a few of the many more bonfires announced on Facebook for Dresden and the region. Please check the link for more information on when the burning will begin and whether or not tickets must be purchased beforehand. Perhaps the most easily accessible which is free of cost is the first event listed, which will take place at the fire station in Bühlau and can be reached with the tram line 11. If you do not attend any of these events, then watch out for the witches roaming around on their night!
Dresden Bühlau: https://www.facebook.com/events/418790138749706/
Dresden Leutewitz: https://www.facebook.com/events/326576278040739/
Anno Domini Restaurant Dresden: https://www.facebook.com/events/405319243614809/
Wednesday, 1 May: Spring Festival in Pillnitz
Welcome May! This truly wonderful month is known as the month of the flowers, the month of spring, as well as the mother’s month as mother’s day falls on the second Sunday of this month in Germany. May is so great that it always begins with a holiday, labour day on the 1st to already begin the month in a good mood. There is no better way to spend a warm and free day than going on a short day-trip and the surroundings of Dresden offer numerous options of the most beautiful parks, gardens and castles. One of these magical places is the castle in Pillnitz, surrounded by one of the regions most awe inspiring gardens. The castle sits right next to the Elbe and not so far from it, sitting atop a vineyard is the Weinbergkirche zum heiligen Geist or the Vineyard Church to the Holy Spirit in English. To celebrate the arrival of Spring, the church will make use of its wonderful location for a small Spring Festival. The festivities will begin at noon with delicious food, drinks, and various small stalls selling a variety of goods. The program will then include riding for children, a puppet show and musical as well as theatrical presentations going on until around 5 p.m.. A visit to the festival can easily be paired with a visit to the Pillnitz Castle and gardens, as both are not far away from each other.
Beginning: 12 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Weinbergkirche zum heiligen Geist, Bergweg 3, 01326 Dresden; BUS 63 or 83 ‘Rathaus Pillnitz’ stop.
Thursday, 2 May: ESN Jam Stage
It’s time to begin warming up your voice and refreshing your skills on the guitar because this Thursday will be the next edition of the Jam Stage by the student group ESN. Right in the heart of the Neustadt, in Katy’s Garage, you may feel free to take over the stage and show the world your musical talents. It doesn’t matter if you’re a professional or just a hobby musician, everyone is welcome to stand behind the microphone and perform for a very welcoming audience. There is no need to bring your own instruments as they will already be provided on stage for those who desire to play. Unless, of course, if you play some exotic instrument which will surely not be available, in which case you are more than welcome to bring your own instrument to show it off to all of those present. A few Dresden musicians will also be invited to play alongside those who do not want to play alone and hopefully by the end, a wonderful band made up of locals as well as internationals will be formed! Be sure to come in early, as Katy’s Garage will have a cocktail happy-hour sale going on from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free until 10 p.m., 2 EUR later; How to get there: Katy’s Garage, Alaunstraße 48, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2479860672039209/