What’s On in Dresden 5 July – 11 July 2019

Vases on the Zwinger (Pixabay license, free for use)

Friday, 5 July: Mantra Singing

The Sanskrit word “mantra” originates from the roots man-, which means “to think” and the suffix -tra, which means “tool” or “instrument”. Hence, the word can be directly translated as a “tool for thinking” or “an instrument of thought”. The earliest recorded mantras were composed in Sanskrit, the holy language of India which is no longer spoken today, and are over 3000 years old. Every Friday, the Mindaesthetics group Dresden invites all of those who are interested in the power of mantras to join them at the yoga café Achtsam to repeat some of these ancient Sanskrit words. Mantras used to be composed and sung by the Rishis, the accomplished and enlightened persons in ancient India. These were used as a tool for expanding ones consciousness whereas the energy from certain tones is repeatedly used to channel energies into the body and soul. In other words, mantras are somewhat like magic musical formulas. The more a certain tone is sung, the more this specific vibration is brought into the body. Join the Mindaesthetics group this or on any Friday and you might be surprised at how well your weekend will begin!

Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free, pay what you want basis; How to get there: Café Achtsam, Wallstraße 15, 10167 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/271699573748362/

Saturday, 6 July: Dresden Night of Museums

Once again, the city‘s famous museums will open their doors for a long night of exhibitions, shows and events. From 6 p.m. in the evening to 1 a.m., you are invited to enjoy programmes presented to you by more than forty institutions. If you have lived in Dresden for more than a few months, then you have probably already heard that the city is full of wonderful museums bursting with the most extraordinary exhibitions. If you have always wanted to visit these but keep on postponing your visit, then this is your chance to visit a handful of museums in only a few hours! By purchasing a ticket for the event, you will be able to take all of the regular buses and trams within the entire VVO region from 2 pm to 6 am of the following morning as well as the special shuttles organized to take visitors from one museum to the next free. Be sure to get your hands on a map and plan your visit to not waste much time, although the event goes from long before dawn until the early morning hours, when visiting such interesting exhibitions time surely flies! Tickets may be purchased in advance in all participating institutions as well as at the DVB and VVO service points as well as their ticket machines or at one of the museums on the evening of the event.

Beginning: 6 pm; Admission: 13 EUR Regular, 9 EUR Reduced; How to get there: All over Dresden! Check out the link below for more detailed information.

Event brochure (German, map on page 50): https://museumsnacht.dresden.de/media/pdf/museumsnacht/MND_programmheft2019.pdf  

Sunday, 7 July: Sunday Flea Market

Dresden’s most famous flea market takes place on every Saturday morning of the year right next to the Albertbrücke on the Altstadt-side of the river. Quite impressively, this flea market opens year-round regardless of the weather. However, it is definitely not the only flea market which may be found in Dresden, as Saturdays also feature the market at the Haus der Presse, which is at home on the open air square in front of the Haus der Presse’s building during the summer months and makes its way into the warm and cosy Markthalle in the Neustadt during the Winter months. If you’re wondering why this all has been included for Sunday’s event, it’s due to the fact that once a month, on every first Sunday of the month, the flea market in front of the Haus der Presse also opens its doors on a Sunday, making up for the perfect weekend for those looking for more than just a couple of new decoration items. If you have just moved to Dresden, then don’t miss your chance this weekend of visiting the flea market on the Albertbrücke on Saturday and the one on the Haus der Presse on Sunday. If you’re in need for decorative items, antiques, household utensils, etc, this is the place where you may find everything your heart desires!

Opening Hours: Fri and Sat 3 pm – 11 p.m., Sun 11 am – 8 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Haus der Presse, Ostra-Allee 20, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 4, 6, 11 ‘Kongreszentrum’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/667288997037429/

Monday, 8 July: Indo-European Classical Music Benefit Concert

For this following Monday, we would like to extend the wonderful invitation by the DHUN group for their classical music benefit concert in the Martin Luther Church in the Dresden Neustadt, as quoted from their Facebook event as follows. “DHUN is a multicultural music group based in Dresden, Germany. We aim to bring together musical ideas from India and the West, fusing the rich, expressive melodies and intricate rhythms of the subcontinent with the harmonies and ensemble playing principles of Europe. Not limited to a specific genre, our inspiration comes from folk tunes, Indian ragas, jazz standards and Western classical music. With each member drawing from his own background and experience, we are continually learning from each other, trying to bring the similarities and contrasts between our own music into the creative process. Our instruments are just as diverse as our geographical origins, contributing to the unique sound that is DHUN.”

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Martin Luther Kirche, Martin-Luther-Platz 5, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner Str./Rothenburger Str.’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/866431387054175/

Tuesday, 9 July: Stand by Me

The Kino im Kasten, that is, cinema in the box in English, exists ever since a group of TU Dresden students who were all passionate about the cinematic world decided to found a university cinema group. Just a few bike minutes away from the TU main campus lies this movie theatre which does not show all of the newest blockbusters but rather focuses on older classics or unknown gems of the past. Naturally, the movie theatre charges a student friendly admission and is not only open to students but also to the general public! Often, a movie will be picked out to be shown in its original version rather than dubbed in German, as is common practice in German culture. This week, Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stand by Me is on show. “After learning that a stranger has been accidentally killed near their rural homes, four Oregon boys decide to go see the body. On the way, Gordie Lachance (Wil Wheaton), Vern Tessio (Jerry O’Connell), Chris Chambers (River Phoenix) and Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman) encounter a mean junk man and a marsh full of leeches, as they also learn more about one another and their very different home lives. Just a lark at first, the boys’ adventure evolves into a defining event in their lives.” (Synopsis from the IMDb)

Beginning: 8:30 pm; Admission: 4 EUR Regular, 3 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Kino im Kasten, August-Bebel-Str. 20, 01219 Dresden; BUS 61, 63, 75 ‘Julius-Otto-Straße’ stop or TRAM 11 ‘Strehlener Platz’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2245641445686552/?event_time_id=2245641449019885

Wednesday, 10 July: Dresden Sand Theater

Once upon a time there was a grain of sand who dreamed of being more than just part of a riverbed or of a large endless beach. This little grain of sand laid on the ground for a long time wondering what incredible forms it could take, just as the clouds endlessly keep on their dance while constantly forming new shapes. One day, an artist decided to take this grain of sand and its friends with her. Upon reaching her atelier, she spread the sand on a backlit glass table and voila! A beautiful picture formed by the sand was born. This little grain of sand and its friends were now parts of wonderful shapes, telling stories of faraway lands home to lords and ladies. If you would also like to experience this beautiful and rather new form of art first hand, then do not miss your chance to watch Dresden’s sand theatre performance of the fairy-tale classic “Beauty and the Beast”. The story is also narrated whilst being depicted in various impressive sand forms but as it is very much of a visual performance and the story is well-known throughout most of the world, this is a great chance to attend the theatre in Dresden even if you do not speak German. If you cannot make it this week, check out the link below for further dates.

Beginning: 4 pm.; Admission: 12,50 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 and tickets: https://bit.ly/30fDpDh

Thursday, 11 July: Dresden Xperience

Do you also wonder what the Zwinger actually looked like during the Baroque era every time you walk into this beautiful castle? A short glimpse into the history of this which is one of Dresden’s most imposing buildings is enough to figure out that the Zwinger is different that other castles in the sense that it was never built with the purpose of being inhabited but was rather not much more than a huge ball room. Correction: many large ball rooms and a huge courtyard which could serve as an even larger ball room! Today, the many halls set inside the castle are home to some of Dresden’s best museums including the world’s largest collection of Baroque art outside of Italy at the Old Master’s Gallery as well as smaller cafes and a concert hall. The courtyard remains an impressive work of architecture and welcomes thousands if not millions of tourists every year but for all who still wonder what this place looked like back in the 1700s, get ready because a 1719 wedding is about to take place at the Zwinger and you are also invited to attend! Until September, visitors may experience a baroque wedding first-hand in a dome housing a 30m x 4m, 270 degree wide screen. Inside, you will certainly feel as if you were invited to the wedding by August the Strong himself!

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10 am – 6 pm; Admission: 3 EUR; How to get there: Zwinger Palace, Sophienstraße, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.

More information: https://www.zwinger-xperience.com/

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