Friday, 29 March: Night of the Orchids
Attention all flower lovers and most importantly, all orchid lovers! As part of the Dresden Easter program, the International Orchid World fair is celebrating its twenty first year of existence as one of the largest and most popular public fairs in the city. As the fair’s organizers describe on their website, the fair exhibits “orchids as far as the eye can see”. The best times to visit are during the calmer morning hours right after the fair opens at 10 a.m. or on Friday evening for the night of the orchids. Exceptionally on Friday, the fair closes at 11 p.m. instead of just 6 p.m., so you have the chance to see all of the thousands different species of orchids all the way into the night. Be aware that a special night of the orchids ticket is required for visiting on Friday night and that any ticket to the International Orchid World also gives you the chance to visit the other parts of the larger “Dresden Easter” program taking place in the Dresden fair. For anyone who is not so acquainted with the large variety of orchids worldwide, perhaps knowing that orchids comprise of around 28,000 different species which is equivalent to about four times the number of mammal species on the planet might spark your interest for a visit to the fair!
Opening Hours: From Fri to Sun 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Orchid Night on Fri from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Admission: 13 EUR ; How to get there: Messe Dresden, Messering 6, 01067 Dresden. TRAM 10 stop ‘Messe Dresden’.
More information: https://orchideenwelt-dresden.de/welcome
Saturday, 30 March: 8th Dresden Theatre Night
24 theatres, each showing a variety of pieces on the same night… this is the Dresden Theatre Night, which this year reaches its 8th edition! The program already begins as early as 4 p.m. with the first plays for children and families but will continue all the way past midnight with the closing after party beginning at midnight on the stage of Dresden’s Schauspielhaus. Unfortunately the pre-sale period is already over, so now sales are only possible on a spontaneous basis on the night of the event. When buying a ticket at any one of the participating houses with the exception of Yenidze you will also receive an armband which gives you free entry to all of the Dresden Theatre Night events! Since only half of the tickets are sold during the pre-sale period, every event will still have available seats on Saturday, to get your ticket just show up half an hour before the spectacle begins and hope tickets are still available at the box office. The armband also allows you to freely use all VVO means of transportation from 2 p.m. on Saturday all the way to 4 a.m. of the next morning. Unfortunately virtually all plays are in German but for those who are learning this is a great chance to come in contact with dramatic German which often is a bit different than what is heard on a day to day basis and of course, for the party after midnight anyone is welcome!
Beginning: First shows for children and families from 4 p.m.; Admission: Varied; How to get there: Theatres and concert houses all throughout Dresden, check the link below for more information
More information (German): http://lange-nacht-der-dresdner-theater.de/
Sunday, 31 March: March Gypsy Jazz Jam Session
As spring begins, it’s time for the March edition of the 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.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/606101819849430/
Monday, 1 April: 30th Science Beer
The next ScienceBeer is around the corner. You might be asking yourself: “What is a Science Beer!?” Science Beer is talking Science while drinking Beer (though we are not just limited to beer, all sorts of drinks, warm and cold, alcoholic and not alcoholic are available), with people like you! Here in a relaxed and unofficial atmosphere, we share our ideas and thoughts, we find companions or opponents, we get advices from PhD, PostDocs and Professors of different fields of study, and we have fun! Each ScienceBeer starts with a short presentation by our ScienceBrewers. The poster of each ScienceBeer gives you a hint about the topic of the day. Be sure to check out the link below and take a look at the poster/cover image. After the presentation we sit together and start an open discussion. Come and have a sip of “Science Beer” with us! (Text taken directly from the event description on Facebook)
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Max-Großstadtcafé, Wilsdruffer Straße 24, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/500355173703971/
Tuesday, 2 April: The Old Man & the Gun
This week marks the premiere in Dresden of 2018 film “The Old Man & the Gun”, and American film written and directed by David Lowery about Forrest Tucker, played by Robert Redford, who led a criminal career and was an escape artist. According to the opening title card, the story is “mostly true” and the script is primarily based on a 2003 article published in The New Yorker also titled “The Old Man and the Gun”. At the age of 70, Tucker makes an audacious escape from San Quentin, conducting an unprecedented string of heists that confound authorities and the enchant the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman who loves him in spite of his profession. On his review for Rolling Stone magazine, Peter Travers writes, “and whether it’s really his final bow or not, Redford gives a virtuoso performance that feels like a valedictory. You want to salute him.” With a positive approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes of 92%, this is definitely a good watch.
Beginning: 9:30 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
Wednesday, 3 April: The Gardener & The Tree
Founded in 2013 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, The Gardener & The Tree is a successful indie-folk band. The band has received a number of prizes in Switzerland such as the Best Talent award from the Radio SRF 3. For all fans of indie folk and folk rock, of bands such as Mumford and Sons or of Passenger, The Gardener & The Tree might surprise you with how good their music is. The lead singer’s soothing voice combined with tranquil and sometimes mellow music makes for a perfect combination. Check out the link below for a few samples of their music in case you are still undecided and you will surely be convinced that they are worth watching live. The show is part of the band’s second tour, “LAXA”, as part of the release of their second homonymous album. The album comes as proof of the band’s many facets as well as authentic musical style.
Beginning: 8 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m.; Admission: 20,50 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: http://thegardenerandthetree.com/
Thursday, 4 April: Taco Thursday
Mexican cuisine is one of the most well-known around the world, with many Mexicans priding themselves that their tacos are among the best dishes internationally! Unfortunately, as simple as this dish may be it often seems quite difficult to get truly delicious tacos prepared the Mexican way. The Nosh bar in the Dresden Neustadt hopes to solve this problem by presenting their “Taco Thursday” weekly event. Every Thursday, from 6 to 10 p.m. the bar prepares carnitas, chicken as well as vegetarian varieties. Naturally, all with delicious salsas to compliment. Beer, wine and margaritas are also available. Not much has to be said about tacos as most will probably be familiar with what this dish consists of, a corn or wheat tortilla folded or rolled around a filling. Often eaten with the hands, they may be garnished with virtually any type of salad-like topping or sauce. It is a truly historical dish, having existed long before the arrival of the Spanish in Mexico. Don’t miss your chance to try out Dresden’s best Tacos by coming out to Nosh on Thursday!
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: NOSH, Bischofsweg 17, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Bischofsplatz’ stop.
More information and other dates: https://www.facebook.com/events/546031619217480/