What’s On in Dresden 31 May – 6 June 2019

Street art in Dresden Neustadt (photo: Christoph Münch)

Friday, 31 May: Worldwide Vegan Chalking Night

Our event for Friday will surely bring back many memories for all who ever played with chalk as a child. On the night from May 31st into June 1st, over 230 cities around the world, including more than 30 in Germany will take part in the International Vegan Chalking Night. Of course, Dresden couldn’t be left out of this huge event so beginning at 8 pm people in different locations throughout the city will join forces for a night of “chalktivism”. Use the link below to find participants in a location that is nearest to you, bring out a package of chalk and enjoy coloring the streets of our city in the name of the millions of innocent animals who are killed each year. The organizer’s main focus is to spread the message that all animals deserve moral consideration and respect and hope to raise the population’s awareness level for the truly sad issue of mass farming. It doesn’t matter if you already lead a vegan lifestyle or not, anyone who loves animals is welcome to fight for their right this Friday while at the same time also having fun!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Different locations throughout the city, please check the facebook event to find participants nearest to you.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2205158839559846/

Saturday, 1 June: Dresden Christopher Street Day 2019

Christopher Street Day is an annual European LGBT celebration and demonstration help in various cities across Europe for the rights of LGBT people and against discrimination and exclusion. Most notably are the events help in cities such as Berlin, Cologne or Zürich, however, the event held annually in Dresden can also be quite a lot of fun. Do not feel unwelcome to participate if you are not part of the LGBT community as the event is meant to be open to all and is certainly one of the most colourful and fun street festivals in Dresden’s very busy street festival calendar. The events for CSD will already have begun on Thursday, the 30th on the Altmarkt and continue on for a full week celebrating the CSD’s 25th anniversary. The highlight, however, will take place as it does every year on Saturday with a large parade lighting up Dresden with dance, music, and a lot of colours! The group will leave the Altmarkt at around 12 pm and continue on the route which may be found on the link below towards the Neustadt and then back, returning to the Altmarkt at around 4 pm where a full stage program awaits. Join the group wherever is nearest to you and enjoy a whole afternoon of dance and people in a good mood!

Beginning: 12 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Altmarkt, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.

More information: https://www.csd-dresden.de/

Parade Route: https://www.csd-dresden.de/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/csd_route_2019.pdf

Sunday, 2 June: Sankt Pieschen 2019

One of the most awaited events of the year is here! In accordance with Dresden street festival tradition, Sankt Pieschen is celebrated every year on the first weekend of June and begins the city’s main festive season. The most well-known and largest street festival of the year, the Bunte Republik Neustadt is just around the corner and Sankt Pieschen serves as the perfect warm-up. The festival is organized by the community of the neighborhood in Pieschen and takes place in the neighbourhood’s heart on the Oschatzer Straße and surrounding streets. A number of stages will be set up in different corners of the festival offering live music of all different genres which will surely please all musical tastes. Delicious street food will also be available as well as a number of activities for the smaller guests such as face paint as well as bouncy castles. The streets of Pieschen will turn into a large open air fest on Friday afternoon at around 6 p.m. and will continue until Sunday at around 8 p.m.. On Saturday and Sunday the festival already begins at 10 a.m..

Beginning: 10 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Streets surrounding the Oschatzer Straße and Torgauer Straße; TRAM 13 ‘Bürgerstraße’ stop or TRAM 4, 9 ‘Oschatzer Straße’ stop.

More information (German): https://sanktpieschen.de/

Monday, 3 June: 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, 4 June: Sandtheater Dresden

Ever since Natalya Netselya’s performance on the popular RTL show “Das Supertalent”, sand painting – also called sand animation or sand art – has enjoyed a massive growth in popularity in this part of the world.  Under Natalya’s artistic direction the Sand Theater Dresden is premiering “Bilder einer Stadt – the Story of Dresden”, a journey in sand that takes you from Saxon Switzerland to Old Dresden – a profession of love for the city and its Elbe Valley. Families with children can also enjoy the fascination of popular fairytales like “The Beautiful & The Beast”, as well as Wilhelm Busch’s children’s-book classic “Max and Moritz” being told in sand. The Sand Theater Dresden invites you to join them – whether as a local to the Dresden Elbe Valley, or as a guest from elsewhere. Detailed images with accompanying music and sound effects convey a story in an intuitive way.  Experience eventful and emotional shows, told in a fascinating combination of light, shadow, sand and music.  A show for all fans of sand art, and those who are about to become such! (Text taken from the event website)

Beginning: 7:30 p.m.; Admission: Tickets starting from 16 EUR; How to get there: Boulevardtheater Dresden, Maternistr. 17, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 7, 10, 12 or S-BAHN S1, S2 ‘ Freiberger Straße’ stop.

More information: http://sandtheater-dresden.de/en/home/

Tickets: https://www.shop.boulevardtheater.de/eventim.webshop/webticket/seatmap?eventId=2871

Wednesday, 5 June: Mid90s

The New York Times’ review reads, “written and directed by Jonah Hill, this film wants to be less a period piece than a time capsule, an immersion in the sights and sound of s pop-cultural moment”, while Kirstin Smith from Plugged In writes, “mid90s is a hard film. Although it’s about kids, it is certainly not for them.” With generally positive reviews the movie marks a promising first outing as a director for Jonah Hill, who until know was well-known for his primarily comedic roles. As the title suggests, the movie takes place in the mid-1990s in the city of Los Angeles. The coming-of-age comedy-drama film follows the story of 13-year-old Stevie with his aggressive, fitness-obsessed older brother Ian and single mother Dabney. The plot spans a summer of his life as he navigates between his troubled home life and a group of friends that he meets at a Motor Avenue skate shop. At school, his richer friends seem to overlook him but his newly made friends will soon teach him a few tough lessons about race, class, and privilege.

Beginning: 6:15 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there:  Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Thursday, 6 June: Campus Party

Following a successful return and a new thought out concept last year, the TU Dresden Campus Party is back! As the main exam period slowly approaches, it’s time to turn the field behind the Hörsaalzentrum into a huge dance floor and throw a huge party to celebrate the long awaited arrival of summer. This year, the main attractions include the bands Lari Luke Megaloh, and Beauty & the Beats. The best part about this year’s campus party is that entry will be free for all visitors! Alongside these main bands, an array of other attractions will also be present, with smaller up and coming artists presenting their music from all different genres. Enjoy good music and a fun atmosphere at this small open-air festival directly on the university’s campus, which will be followed by an afterparty which will transform the Hörsaalzentrum into a dancefloor! With a mix of modern EDM, Black, Party & Club tunes as well as classics from past eras, dj DC#Mark’s motto is to make people from all around the world dance, laugh and scream while having a great time on the dancefloor!

Beginning: 6:30 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Field behind the TU Dresden HSZ, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden; BUS 61, 66 ‘Technische Universität’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2278150072456043/


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