What’s On In Dresden
27 February – 4 March 2020

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)

Alaaf! It’s the time of Karneval: Carnival, Shrove Tuesday, Fassenacht, Fasnacht, Fasnet, Fasching, Fastabend, Fastelovend, Fasteleer or fifth season are the names given to the customs with which the time before the forty-day period of fasting is celebrated. Fasting begins on Ash Wednesday and serves to prepare for Easter.

The “Karnival” is celebrated in very different ways: Carnival parades, music, masks and costumes. Carnival in Latin America has developed a very independent vitality, for example at the Oruro Carnival or the Carnival in Rio. Well known are also the carnival in Venice, in Canada the carnival of Québec, the Mittfasten carnival on Sunday Laetare in Stavelot, other places of the Belgian East Cantons… Especially in West German cities like Cologne, for example, carnival is celebrated. Here in Dresden it is celebrated less, but also here there are some carnival related events.
So if you meet people in disguise on the street, don’t be surprised. It is crazy carnival time.

Tips for the weekend

The zoo, for example: There is free admission for children who come in (for example animal) costume.
Another special feature: In February, there were some new cute little animal baby – births! Only a few days ago there are new Goldtakin, Kirk-Dikdik, European dwarf mice and fir jay. If you partly don’t know which animals they are — Just visit the zoo and find out! ;)

Always a good tip! In the arty place Hellerau there is once again a fantastic performance called The Listeners where Alma Söderberg shares her sound experiments with eight dancers. Together they explore the relationship between hearing and movement, between voice, rhythm and body. Can you hear dance? How do movements sound?

Now, the weather is sometimes very uncomfortable. Maybe an activity for indoors: This weekend we have two big flea markets again. One is the antique market in the market halls of Neustadt. And second the big indoor flea market in the near of the Neustadt station, where you can find everything. From furniture and lamps to old books, letters or old rusty keys! Great for surviving rainy Sundays!

Tips for the upcoming week

This winter, the Dresden City Museum took its guests to St. Petersburg – at least playfully. Because toy animals – designed or produced in Soviet Leningrad – were the focus of the exhibition. The show was based on the Berlin collection of Sebastian Köpcke and Volker Weinhold, who over the years assembled the toy animals once popular throughout the Soviet Union from the then modern material plastic. Until Sunday you still have the chance to visit the plastic – toy – animal – exhibition at the Dresden City Museum!

Have you walked through the Green Heart of Dresden yet? The Großer Garten Dresden is really wonderful, but you can get lost there – even now in springly winter. So if you are still looking for a jogging route, or a place where you can go for a walk with a date, or just for a evening walk, pay a visit to the Großer Garten and see what you’ll discover there.

Do you like nature? Do you like drinking wine? Then perhaps the wine tour in Schloss Wackerbarth in Radebeul is just the right thing for you! Beautiful building, beautiful landscape. Definitely worth a day trip! Best in sunny weather, whereby the castle also gets a very special flair in rain and fog!

Recurring Events:

Montagscafé: https://www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de/spielplan/a-z/montagscafe/
Blue Note (regular concerts, most free, mainly jazz): https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events
Saloppe (afterwork party every Tuesday): https://www.saloppe.de/programm/
Carolaschlöschen (afterwork party every Thursday): https://www.carolaschloesschen.de/veranstaltungen/afterwork-party/

Cinemas screening films in original language with subtitles:

Kino im Kasten: https: //www.kino-im-kasten.de/programm.html
Programmkino Ost: https://programmkino-ost.de/filme/filter/ov
Thalia Theater: http://www.thalia-dresden.de/ (Look for the headline “Das Original ist besser” to be sure that it is really the original version and not only an international title!)

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