Friday, 6 September: 5th Meißen Choir Festival
This weekend, be sure to plan a visit to the beautiful neighbouring city of Meißen as the city hosts the fifth edition of its annual choir festival. A visit to Meißen in itself is already worth it as the city is home to Germany’s oldest castle as well as to the world famous Meissen Porcelain factory, which was the first place in Europe to produce this product and has been doing so ever since 1708. All of these attractions apart, this weekend 13 stages will be set up around the city’s old town, where over 1000 singers part of 39 choirs from 3 countries will sing through the weekend. Be sure to check out the link below, where the entire program – which includes over 110 attractions – may be downloaded (under “Das Programmheft ist da”, click on “Programmheft hier heruntergeladen” hyperlink). Do not forget to vote for your favorite choir to participate in the choice of the festival’s public award! You may vote either directly at the festival or online in case you forget to do so before leaving.
Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Meißen’s historical city center; S-Bahn S1 to ‘Meißen Altstadt’, then follow signs to ‘Marktplatz’.
More information (German): https://bit.ly/2k0Xf5I
Saturday, 7 September: Kraftwerk Mitte Fest
Dresden’s Kraftwerk Mitte was once one of the city’s most important power plants, having operated for 99 years between 1895 and 1994. 12 years later, following extensive renovation works the power plant reopened to include the city’s largest dance club, which still holds this title until today. Over the years, other institutions also moved into the complex, including the Staatsoperette, the Young Generation Theater as well as the city’s Energy Museum. To showcase a bit of what goes on in this creative place as well as entertainment hotspot, the complex sends out its invitation for their annual fest, which will take place this Saturday. Entrance is free and of course, there will be enough food, drinks, music, and other activities going on under the theme “Kraftwerk meets Broadway”, so as to celebrate the opening of the Staatsoperette’s new season. Come by and get to know this impressive location right in the middle of Dresden, a definite must for all who live in Dresden!
Beginning: 2 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kraftwerk Mitte, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 2, 6, 10, 12 or BUS 75 or S-Bahn S1, S2 to ‘Bahnhof Mitte’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2104659882983695/
Sunday, 8 September: Federweißer Fest in Radebeul
Anyone who is interested in Saxon wine will already know the importance of Radebeul in Saxony’s wine culture. The city is home to some of Germany’s best wines and undoubtedly to the best wines in the region. Following the harvest and beginning of the fermentation process for this year’s new batches of wine during the Summer, Autumn is the only time of the year when a drink known in German as Federweißer may be tasted. This relatively peculiar drink is best described as “unfinished wine”, as it is the product of fermented grape juice before it reaches the point of being considered wine. Since the fermentation process is interrupted prematurely, the drink still contains a relatively high amount of natural sugars, which gives it a particular taste similar to that of a very sweet wine. If you would like to taste some of the region’s best Federweißer, then do not miss this weekend’s fest at the beautiful Schloss Wackerbath, where you may even have the chance to do a tour of the winery if you are interested in learning how is it exactly that this drink is produced.
Opening hours: Sat. and Sun. 11 am – 6 pm; Admission: 8 EUR; How to get there: Schloss Wackerbath, Wackerbathstr. 1, 01445 Radebeul; TRAM 4 towards Radebeul until ‘Radebeul West’ stop, then 10 min. walk or TRAM 4 towards Weinböhla until ‘Schloss Wackerbath’ stop. Alternatively S-Bahn S1 to ‘Radebeul – Kötzschenbroda’ stop, then 15 min. walk.
More information (German): https://www.schloss-wackerbarth.de/aktuelles/federweisserfest
Monday, 9 September: Cooking in front of the Scheune
This Monday, Montagscafé will go outdoors for an open-air cooking session. All cooking utensils as well as ingredients will be ready and all they need are willing hands to chop, cut, stir and then of course, willing mouths to eat it all! Anyone may join the group in front of the Scheune beginning at 5 pm, no registration is required, just come by and ask around how you may help and surely you will have a great time and make new friends while cooking together. The event organizers are planning on cooking enough food for around 150 people and hopefully by around 7 pm all will be ready and everyone may enjoy a large communitarian meal. This is the ideal place to meet new people as the Montagscafé brings together people of a variety of different cultures together, many of which are new to Dresden and who are there exactly to look for new friends, making it a very friendly and familiar environment for all.
Beginning: 5 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Scheune, Alaunstr. 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/401213923833569/
Tuesday, 10 September: Appia Stage Reloaded
To all who are interested in the Bauhaus movement, this is an event that cannot be missed! Be sure to check out the link below for a complete list of all exhibitions and performances taking place in Hellerau this month, as most of them are free of charge there is no excuse not to attend. The following text was taken from the Hellerau website’s event description:
“In 1912/13 the stage designer Adolphe Appia and the light artist Alexander von Salzmann created the prototype of a new, open theatre stage for the 20th century. This impressive space inspired modern artists worldwide and is regarded as a direct precursor of the Bauhaus ideas. Following its successful presentation in autumn 2017, the reconstructed Appia stage will be on show again in Hellerau at the Appia Stage Reloaded Festival as part of the anniversary “100 Years of Bauhaus” from 8 to 21 September 2019. Visitors can experience numerous performances, dance and music events as well as workshops, lectures and exhibitions.”
Running period: From the 8th to the 21st of September; Admission: Free for most events, please check the link below for further infos; How to get there: Hellerau – European Centre of the Arts Dresden, Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 56, 01109 Dresden, TRAM 8 ‘Festspielhaus Hellerau’ stop.
More information: https://www.hellerau.org/en/festival/bauhaus-tage-hellerau/
Wednesday, 11 September: Tango-Live: Cuarteto Conurbano & Río-Mar Tango Trio
Directly from the south of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Cuarteto Conurbano is currently on tour through Europe and will make a stop in Dresden for a single performance that cannot be missed by any tango fans! The group was founded in the beginning of 2017 and ever since has enchanted audiences around the world with their performances of both classical and contemporary tango pieces, all performed with their own special style. The group makes sure to fuse tango with other musical styles from the Rio de la Plata region and aims at reviving this beautiful musical style with their original arrangements as well as the band’s particular group dynamics. Each member of the quartet is free to bring in their own ideas and sometimes even improvise at parts, ensuring that the tango played by the Cuarteto Conurbano is recognizable as not only tango but rather a modern take on this well established genre. This take pairs perfectly with the Río-Mar Tango Trio, which has a similar take on tango and also plays waltz as well as milonga in a playful manner, which is new but at the same time does not lose its Argentinian essence.
Beginning: 8:30 pm; Admission: Free, donation based; 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/484131582156633/
Thursday, 12 September: Farid Ben Miles
We live in times where a number of different cultures clash and mix together much faster and in a much larger scale then ever before. It has never been so easy to travel from one end of the planet to the other and thereby to experience the true diversity all of the nations of this world. Farid Ben Miles is fascinated by this colourful mix and as a guitarist, has translated this fascination into the one language we can all communicate in: music. On his website, he claims to have travelled most of the time with his feet stuck at the same place but with his ears full of music. Recently, however, he enjoyed a life changing experience having travelled the world with not much more than a backpack and his guitar. Now, Miles’s dream is to take his audience “traveling by ear”, communicating his love for the world while doing so. Buckle up and get ready for a journey through Asia, North Africa, the Occident and places far away with names you can’t pronounce!
Beginning: 7 pm; Admission: 10 EUR; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.
More information: https://www.jazzclubtonne.de/programm/2019/09/12/farid-ben-miles