The Welcome Center Dragon Boat Team last year (Photo: C. Reichert)
Friday, 28 June: “Young Choreographers” (Dance-Theatre HELLERAU)
Saturday, 29 June: Clothes exchange party (“Kleidertauschparty”)
The non-goverment organisation Green Peace organizes a clothes exchange event. This Saturday will be a sunny day and you can stroll around the Lutherplatz in the outer Neustadt, bringing this clothes everybody has: Not worn, but it would be too bad to throw them away. Still good, but never used! So here someone might be very happy about your relieve. And maybe you can even find something for yourself. Green Peace invites you to think and act in this sustainable way!
Time: 2 – 5 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Martin-Luther-Straße 11; https://bit.ly/2xhFQbG; TRAM 11, ‘Pulsnitzer Straße‘ stop or TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 13 and walk from ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/435458247291863/
Sunday, 30 June: Elbhangfest
The hillside along the river Elbe is famous for its beauty and every year there’s a street festival to celebrate this special cultural landscape – the Elbhangfest. The tradition of the Elbhangfest began in 1990 as a charity event for the church in the vineyard of Pillnitz and the restauration of the church in Loschwitz. However, the first grand festivities took place about 300 years ago: August the Strong then ordered his master builder Pöppelmann to expand the manor of Pillnitz and create a castle complex that would suit August’s lavish celebrations. Now, on the last weekend in June, the people living between Loschwitz and Pillnitz turn their streets and parks and village squares into one huge fairground with lots to see and experience. The unique landscape of the hillsides and the river itself form a beautiful backdrop to various concerts, parades, plays, dance performances, exhibits, lectures and tours. There are of course also special events for children, which make the Elbhangfest a great experience for the whole family. During the Elbhangfest, there’s also the famous Dragon Boat Cup. The Welcome Center team and its international friends participated last year and will do so this year as well.
Opening hours: From Friday at 4 p.m. until Sunday at 10 p.m.; Admission: For all days 14 EUR; Friday only 9 EUR; Saturday only 13 EUR; Sunday only 12 EUR; Location: All the way from the Blaues Wunder Bridge down to Pillnitz.
More information: http://www.elbhangfest.de/index.php?node=9&
Monday, 1 July: Montagscafé
When Montagscafé first began, it was a place where people who were new to Dresden could come together to meet one another and discuss various topics or simply openly talk. As time went by, Montagscafé continued on, even for those who were now not as “new” to Dresden but still with the same original format. Here you will find an open atmosphere, a place for a free exchange of ideas for all who are from Dresden, the region, or far away. The main topics are mostly around migration and culture, not only on a theoretical but also on a practical level. In the same way as culture evolves throughout time, Montagscafé has also evolved in the past months, changing every week in accordance with the participants. Take part in this wonderful project and help shape this week’s meeting with your participation! At 3 p.m., the program begins with a women’s café with a possibility for supervised child care. From 5 to 10 p.m. everyone is welcome into the open café, where normally at around 7 p.m. some sort of special event takes place. As part of an ongoing series, every week features some sort of workshop. This week, you will have the chance to learn more about plastic upcycling with Bettina Weber. If you cannot make it this week add it onto your calendar for one of the following Mondays as this is a weekly event, there are no excuses not to at least check it out, yallah!
Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
Tuesday, 2 July: Neil Young + Promise of the Real
The canadian musician Neil Young is on tour through Europe and will peform in Dresden. The concert will be right next to the Elbe, between Carolabrücke and Augustusbrücke. So if you take a walk at the Elbe that night you might catch a little bit of the concert, not paying for a ticket. On the same spot (at the Königufer) there are happening the “Fimnächte am Elbufer” until the 25.08.. Mostly there are movies shown, nearly all of them in German. So if you want to practice your German we recommend you to check out the programm. https://dresden.filmnaechte.de/veranstaltungen
Beginning: doors open at 6:30 pm; Admission: 85,15 EUR for a ticket; Standing on the Carola-brige is for free ;) How to get there: Königsufer; https://bit.ly/2KDD759; TRAM 3, 7, 8 ‘Carolaplatz (Regierungsviertel)’ stop.
More information: https://dresden.filmnaechte.de/event/neil-young-promise-of-the-real/ (in German only)
Wednesday, 3 July: Cuisine For All
The youth centre AZ Conni presents “Start ins Wochenende” (engl.: starting the weekend) on a Wednesday.
“We are tired of a demanding every day life full of work /school /university /Hartz IV/ procedures for granting the right of asylum and daily racism, therefore we are inviting you to start the weekend on Wednesday with us.” There will be donation-based food (Küfa = Cusine for all) and an open bar. Later on the techno-collective “tba” makes some music inside, while you can still sit outside in the green garden, skate or play table tennis. If the weather is good there might be a campfire.
Beginning: Free space: 5:30 p.m.; Eating: 8 p.m.; Party: 10 p.m.; Admission: free, donation based; How to get there: Rudolf-Leonhard-Str. 39, 01099 Dresden; https://bit.ly/31Q5wul; TRAM 7, 8, ‘Tannenstraße (Goetheinstitut)’ stop.
Thursday, 4 July: After Work Yoga
Yoga is group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines belongs to one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophy. Having originated in India, yoga has now gained widespread popularity worldwide, with courses being offered by as good as every gym as well as by specialized yoga studios spread throughout any major city. Its benefits have been known ever since antiquity and in the past decades have finally reached and gained acceptance in western cultures. Those who practice yoga enjoy increased flexibility, improved respiration and energy as well as a number of other benefits. Perhaps the most important benefit in today’s hectic society though is yoga’s power towards stress and anxiety reduction, both of which when untreated can have devastating effects on the body and mind. Join the yoga movement by coming out to this Thursday’s after-work yoga, open for participants at all levels at the theatre inside the Großer Garten. Although the instructions are given in German, it is not hard to follow along by watching, especially for those who have practiced some sort of yoga in the past. If you have your own yoga mattress don’t forget to bring it along, otherwise a large towel should also be enough.
Beginning: 7 pm; Admission: Free, donation based; How to get there: Parktheater, Hauptallee 12, 01219 Dresden; BUS EV 9/13 ‘Querallee’ stop.