What’s On in Dresden
5 October – 11 October 2018

Leaves in the late summer sun (Photo by. B. Debnath)

Friday, 5 October: You and Me and the Distance Between Us

The “Theaterpädagogisches Zentrum Sachsen” is a non-profit organization which was founded in 2001 with the aim of continually working towards the use of pedagogical theatre and bringing cultural education for schools around Saxony. Their newest project is an theatre performance in English , put together based on the experiences of the English actress Ellen Muriel during her time at both a Greek and a French refugee camp. Muriel makes use of theatre, puppeteering, as well as light and shadow tricks to bring the experiences of people who are stuck between leaving something behind and arrival to life. Her wish is that the dreams of those who are seeking refuge be brought onto the stage for all to see. The piece has already been successfully performed in six countries, mainly in schools, and has thrilled as well as touched its audiences everywhere.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 13 EUR r, 8 EUR reduced, additional 2 EUR when buying at the door; How to get there: Projekttheater, Louisenstraße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.
More information (German): https://bit.ly/2O2tEXb

Saturday, 6 October: Gin Festival Dresden

Gin is liquor which derives its predominant flavour from juniper berries. It is one of the broadest categories of spirits, all of various origins, styles, and flavour profiles that revolve around juniper as a common ingredient. In recent years, gin has lived a true renaissance, rising in popularity mainly as a key component in the trendy cocktail gin and tonic. The vast amount of different types of gin has been responsible for an ever growing interest in the drink. This interest was the cornerstone for the putting together of Germany’s first gin festival in 2017 in Braunschweig, which would lead to the first touring festival the following year. Now, it has finally arrived in Dresden, allowing residents of the Saxon capital to try a number of different gins in one event. The organizers are clear in the description of their event that this should not be seen as a gin fair but rather as a place where people are meant to have  fun with friends while trying as many kinds of gin as they desire. So be sure to invite all of your gin loving friends and come out, even if you are not a gin lover yet, you will surely leave the festival as one.

Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR or 12 EUR Premium Ticket with a welcome gin tonic; How to get there: Eventwerk Dresden, Hermann-Mende-Straße 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 or S-BAHN S2 ‘Industriegelände’ stop.

More information and tickets: https://gin-festival.com/

Sunday, 7 October: Bomb-proof! A Hideaway for Art – Weesenstein 1945

Do not miss your last opportunity to visit this wonderful exhibition, Sunday marks its final opening day! What would you do if you were a museum curator and found yourself amidst a terrible war? Maybe you have already asked yourself how is it that the Dresden museums still hold some of the world’s most extraordinary baroque pieces, even though the city was nearly bombed to the ground during the second world war. At that time, Weesenstein Castle served as one of the most important and largest art depots in Saxony. Many state institutions, but also numerous individuals deposited important inventories of their collections at Weesenstein to save them from air raids. A special role was played by “Special Mission Linz”, the institution that procured pieces of art for the Fuehrer Museum planned by Adolf Hitler to be built in Linz. Another part of the excitingly designed exhibition is about the lives of the people on site under war conditions. The exhibition is co-funded by the European Union within the scope of the project “Treasures of Nobility”.

Opening times:10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Admission:7,50 EUR Regular, 6 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Weesenstein Castle, Am Schlossberg 1, 01809 Müglitztal; S-BAHN S1 to ‘Heidenau’, then TRAIN RB 72 to ‘Weesenstein’ stop.

More information: https://bit.ly/2P6UIBb

Monday, 8 October: A Star is Born

Boasting an admirable approval rating of 94% on review aggregator website “Rotten Tomatoes” and a score of 8,6 out of 10 on the IMDb, A Star is Born finally arrived in Germany. This American musical romantic drama marks the historical debut as producer and director of Bradley Cooper. It is the third American remake of the original 1937 film. Originally, talks of the remake considered Clint Eastwood as director and Beyoncé set to star, however, in March 2016, Cooper signed on to star and direct, with Lady Gaga joining the cast on August of the same year. At its premier at this year’s Venice Film Festival, the film received critical acclaim, with praise for Cooper and Gaga’s performances, Cooper’s direction, the cinematography, and the music. In the movie, seasoned musician Jackson Maine discovers — and falls in love with — struggling artist Ally. She has just about given up on her dream to make it big as a singer until Jackson coaxes her into the spotlight. But even as Ally’s career takes off, the personal side of their relationship is breaking down, as Jackson fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

Beginning: 7:45 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR; How to get there: Kino in der Fabrik, Tharandter Straße 33, 01159; BUS 63 ‘Clara-Viebig-Straße’ stop.

Tuesday, 9 October: Spain (Concert)

Once upon a time, there lived a 20-year-old man in the big city of Los Angeles. He worked as a music assistant on radio KCRW-FM and listened to a band called “Cowboy Junkies”. Later, he went to college and began to write songs through a series of romantic tragedies that he had experienced many times. A few years down the road, he decided to put together a band to play his songs. Their first performance at a house party in San Francisco started their relationship together and with the city which lasts until today. They decided to name their band “Spain”. A few more years went by and eventually the band was ready to record their first album called “The Blue Moods of Spain” in a studio in San Francisco. This was back in 1995, when the young man was now 27 years old. The album received a surprisingly positive response, with Johnny Cash recording one of the songs (“Spiritual”) and earning Spain a mention by U2 on the musical magazine “Rolling Stone”. Spain’s second album, “She Haunts my Dreams” was announced in 1999 and the band has been around the world ever since. After many ups and downs, the young man is now 50 years old and his band continues to tour the world, beginning this year’s travel-filled calendar in Germany and arriving in Dresden on Tuesday. Be sure not to miss Spain as it passes through, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 21,50 EUR; How to get there: Die Tonne im Kurländer Palais, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2njhCcr

Wednesday, 10 October: Guided Tour of Dresden’s New Synagogue  

Did you know that the Dresden Synagogue was the first synagogue built in Eastern Germany following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989? Its foundation stone was laid exactly 162 years after the laying of the foundation stone of the old, now destroyed, Semper Synagogue and was inaugurated in 2001. Following its reopening, it won the international architectural prize from the “World Architecture” magazine as the best construction in Europe for the year 2001. Join this guided tour on Wednesday to learn more interesting facts about our city’s synagogue and why it has become such an important piece of Dresden’s skyline. The tour will also provide interesting information regarding the different aspects of Jewish life and religion in Dresden today and in the past. Men participating in the tour are kindly requested to cover their heads with a hat or kippah, which may be borrowed from the synagogue.

Beginning:5 p.m.; Admission:Regular 6 EUR, Reduced 4 EUR; How to get there: Neue Synagoge, Hasenberg 1, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 “Synagoge” stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/239479533580796/

Thursday, 11 October: CYNETART

From October 11 to 14, 2018, the 22nd edition of CYNETART will take place at the Festspielhaus Hellerau. For those who already attended previous editions, the 2018 festival will be held one month earlier than usual. Ulf Langheinrich takes over the artistic direction again in his third year. CYNETART is known for its experimental character and the presentation of international art positions with new media and technologies. These will be presented in an exhibition on the occasion of this year’s CYNETART competition. The exhibition will once again be accompanied by a high-quality supporting programme of concerts, performances and lectures. The events in the Festspielhaus Hellerau are supplemented by satellite exhibitions in the galleries Pylon Lab and C. Rockefeller Center Dresden. As a closing event, a club night at objekt klein a is also part of the festival programme. (Text taken from the event description)

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 11 EUR Regular, 7 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Festspielhaus Hellerau, Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden; TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/529632434157648/

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