Friday, 5 April: SekeSeke#4
The Kukulida special event “SekeSeke” reaches its fourth edition and this time it will take you on a journey to the Iberian Peninsula. La Jose is a very talented singer from Madrid who this Friday will sing alongside Josel Ratsch and will also be accompanied by DJ ArYstan. Actually, ArYstan is more than just a DJ, rather, he is something of a “multi-instrumentalist” who will also play a live DJ set following the concert alongside the other two artists. After living for a while in Madrid following his high school graduation, he returned to Germany to attend the Carl Maria von Weber music school in Dresden, where he studied jazz trumpeting and was able to specialize in his passion of the trumpet as well as percussion. As for La Jose, she is known for her unique and beautiful voice and dance. Her song texts focus primarily on the way women as treated around the world, human rights, roots, love, freedom and authenticity. She is passionate about Spanish folklore but mixes up the traditional flamenco with other genres from India, Latin America, and the United States. As for Josel Ratsch, he is part of a number of successful musical projects in Germany and abroad. Having had guitar classes in Spain, today he is probably the most well-known guitar player in Dresden when it comes to Flamenco.
Beginning: 9 p.m., doors open at 8:30 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation requested; How to get there: Kukulida, Martin-Luther-Str. 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Str./Rothenburger Str.’ Stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1055880014603873/
Saturday, 6 April: European Days of Arts and Crafts
Arts and crafts have a long tradition in Saxony. Already for the 6th time the workshops open their doors to the public and give an insight into the partly centuries-old and traditional techniques.
The complete program for Dresden can be found on pages 14-21 (in German.
More information (in German) and Map with all workshops: http://kunsthandwerkstage.de
Sunday, 7 April: 2019 Street Food Festival
Let the street food festival season in Dresden begin! Get ready because this weekend will see the first of many such festivals come to town, beginning in Dresden’s most famous and oldest market square, the Altmarkt. Come out and explore over 70 stands that will be offering the most exotic and unique kinds of food. Something for every taste will be available, whether you are looking for the traditional tasty burger or would like to try the newest vegan fast food creation; this is the place to find it! The organizers claim to have a truly international offer this year, so come out and go on a culinary journey around the world as you try different spices from all over the globe. Feel free to bring your children along as a special play area with a bungee trampoline, water balloons, children face painting and the most varied ice cream kinds will also be set up. This is part of a larger Street Food festival tour and in order to be able to organize such a wonderful event, the organizers ask for a “cultural donation” of 3 euros upon entry.
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: Altmarkt 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/341797589998842/
Monday, 8 April: Free Solo
A few months ago we listed “The Dawn Wall” as one of the movies on our weekly tips, which tells the story of two climbers who succesfully climb the so-called “Dawn Wall”, which is the first part of the “El Capitan” rock formation in Yosemite National Park to be hit by the sun in the morning, hence the name. It is considered to be the hardest route of ascent on a rock known for its nearly vertical nature. Now, “Free Solo” tells a similar story on the same rock formation. This time, the documentary shows professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he attempts the first free solo climb of the 900-meter tall vertical rock formation. For a so-called free solo climb, the climber is not allowed to use any ropes, harnesses, or other types of regular climbing protective equipment. Soloists may use protective equipment in case of a fall, however, for the climb to be considered a free solo none of the equipment may assist the climber during the ascent. A thrilling watch, the movie has been acclaimed by critics and public alike, wining the 91st Academy Awards for Best Documentary Feature. Don’t miss this movie which will surely have your heart racing while watching.
Beginning: 6:45 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR Regular, 5 EUR Students; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.
Tuesday, 9 April: Short Film Festival on the Neumarkt
You enjoy watching a good movie whenever you can but you just don’t seem to have enough time to do so during the week? No time is no excuse to enjoy the Short Film Festival happening in Dresden this week from the 9 to 14 of April, as the name already makes clear, you won’t need more than 15 minutes to enjoy a good movie. An annual recurring event, the film festival has proven to be a true success in Dresden, attracting a number of visitors from around the country. Every day the films will be running in front of the Frauenkirche until 10 p.m., with the program beginning at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and later at noon every day until the weekend, when films will start at 2 p.m. On Friday, a pause between 4 and 7 p.m. is also planned. In order to watch the movies, no ticket is required, just come out in front of the Frauenkirche, where a big screen will be set up and anyone is free to sit down to watch as long as their heart desires! From animation films to documentaries, there is something for everyone, just be prepared to stay a bit longer, although each film only takes around 10 to 15 minutes, chances are you’ll be hooked by the time each new film begins!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Neumarkt Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or 3, 7, 8, 9, 12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/637560063372212/
Wednesday, 10 April: Dawn Brothers
(Text taken from band website): “Who said roots can only ever be retro? Although it may seem as if The Dawn Brothers arrived from the past through a time machine, these players are focused firmly on the present – and the future! On brand new singles ‘Sweet Love’ and ‘Summer Jam 2017’, from the Dawn Brothers’ second album, the band sound like a vintage van with the engine of a sports car. It couldn’t be more clear: the dusk has made way for the dawn of an entirely new era, in which the sixties and seventies are still the starting point but no longer the destination. What is? Somewhere in the middle of nowhere, where it smells of recently dropped fresh rain and a slide guitar howling in the distance. Oddly resembling characters from a Quentin Tarantino film, the Dawn Brothers pause briefly to smoke a stub. ‘Sex, drugs and rock-‘n-roll’, that’s serious business for these Rotterdam rockers. Full throttle without fuss, seems to be the slogan. It helps that the level within the band has become so high that it is almost beyond the point to give each other feedback, however constructive. Instead, every band member feels urged to perform at his very best time and again. The machine that emerges when the Dawn Brothers come together can simply not be stopped: only last year, the band played over 150 shows. In a span of just ten months, the band played the legendary Paradiso seven times, while the quartet is also rapidly becoming a household name in Germany and the UK.”
Beginning: 9 p.m., doors open at 8 p.m.; Admission: 9,90 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Str. 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/941158596089280/
Text and more information on the band: http://www.dawnbrothers.com/bio/
Thursday, 11 April: Montagscafé goes Club
If you follow our weekly tips or have been in Dresden for a while, chances are you’ve at least heard about the Montagscafé. Typically, this event brings together people from various different backgrounds for pleasant get together evenings on, as the name suggests, Mondays. This week, however, Montagscafé will break free from its traditional Monday event and will take place a second time in one of the Neustadt’s most well-known clubs, Groovestation. For the first time, all those who participated in the workshops and activities normally offered at the small house of the Staatschauspiel but wished to show off their skills as DJs can now get everybody on the dance floor to shake their bodies to the beat! The line-up includes four different DJs, one of them has even already been mentioned on Friday’s event, ArYstan. The other three, Dowdelin, Leila Moon, and 123comics will show off their sets of future kréol and Arabic-African tunes as well as a show of live visuals. Even if you have never been to Montagscafé, you are more than welcome to join Montagscafé in the club!
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: 3-5 EUR Donation; How to get there: GroveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/409570013141677/