Friday, 7 December: International X-Mas Party of the TU Dresden
One of the most awaited events of the year on the TU event calendar is finally back this Friday and you cannot miss it! With the assistance of Santa’s little helpers, the International X-MAS Party of TU Dresden will transform the classrooms in the “Hörsaalzentrum” into a party location—from the foyer to the Audimax! Upon arrival, your taste buds will already have Christmas come early with foods and spices from different parts of the world. The evening begins with an international Christmas market with exotic food and music. Later, you will find a colourful cultural programme with contributions from all over the world. This year, the performances will have a special focus on Indonesia, with the support from FORMID e.V.. Afterwards, you can dance the night away on the dance floor, at DJ Noxe will take over the HSZ’s foyer and transform it into a huge party! Friday is also your last chance to buy tickets for the event at a discounted price of 2 EUR, which may be done at the TU Dresden Information glass pavilion on the Mommsenstr. 9 until 4 p.m..
Beginning: 6:30 p.m.; Admission: 2 EUR in advance, 3 EUR at the door; How to get there: Hörsaalzentrum, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden; BUS 61, 66 ‘Technische Universität’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/221939098586234/
Saturday, 8 December: 23rd Historic-Romantic Christmas Market in Königstein
This weekend and on all following Advent Weekends before Christmas, the fortification in Königstein hosts one of Germany’s most beautiful Christmas markets! Get ready to be taken back in time in this medieval Christmas market which takes place in a very fitting setting which at first look even looks like s small village surrounded by walls, with different houses, a chapel and even a small forest. With a main area atop the fort, the market continues its way into the stone, following the tunnels that have throughout its history hosted prisoners, royals, and even the treasures from Dresden’s museums during the wartime. To reach it, you may either hike your way up or take the shuttle bus from the town’s center, which will lead you directly to the fort’s main entrance. Along with the market itself, there are guided tours of the fortifications, as well as a full program for the kids, including puppet shows and a visit by Old Nick himself! Plan a whole day for the visit, as the market is indeed much larger than the ones in Dresden.
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: 10 EUR full price, 7 EUR reduced; How to get there: Festung Königstein, 01824 Königstein; TRAIN S1 to Königstein (then walk 45 min or take the shuttle) or TRAIN S1 to Pirna, then BUS 241 (http://www.ovps.de/downloads/241.pdf), 246 (http://www.ovps.de/downloads/246.pdf) ‘Thürmstorf Vogelstein/Festung’ stop.
More information: https://www.festung-koenigstein.de/en/weihnachtsmarkt-en.html
Sunday, 9 December: Fair Christmas Market
The Fair Christmas Market at the Dreikönigskirche is now already reaching its 6th edition, attracting hundreds of visitors each year always on the Second Advent weekend. The main focus, naturally, is to support the concept of fair trade, in which producers are paid a fair price for the products they make. Here you will be able to find around 50 regional companies and vendors presenting their products and crafts. A full Christmas program awaits visitors this weekend in the church, as well as a variety of products and information stands, all with a focus on sustainable and fair trade. For those who don’t have plans for Saturday, the market takes place both on Saturday and on Sunday, so surely everyone can find a time to visit this one of a kind Christmas market in Dresden. Don’t miss your chance to be there, as this special market only takes place this weekend and is definitely worth a visit!
Beginning: 12 p.m.; Admission: 1,50 EUR; How to get there: Dreikönigskirche, Hauptstraße 23, 01097 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): http://www.fairer-weihnachtsmarkt.de/
Monday, 10 December: Monday Gala – 3 Years of Montagscafé
In the past few years, the Montagscafé has without a doubt been one of the most successful integrative programs running in Dresden. Every week, it brings together people from various different backgrounds to take part in activities, workshops, or simply to exchange their experiences and create bonds with one another. For those who regularly read our “What’s On in Dresden” section, you will already have noticed that with a certain degree of frequency, the project organized by Dresden’s Staatsschauspiel is featured as a tip for Monday. In fact, it is a great place to meet new people who are open to making new friends and more than happy to take in people who are new to the city. This Monday, however, will be quite special for the Montagscafé as they celebrate their third year of existence. A number of artists have been invited and will form a rich and exciting program. Already confirmed performances include Ezé Wendtoin from the Banda Internationale, Bernadette La Hengst from Berlin, the Dresden Kneipenchor, Tom Götze and Friedmann Seidlitz from the Dresden Symphony, and many others. To celebrate the coincidental 70th year since the publication of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international doctor Riad Othnman has been invited to give a speech. The event will most certainly be full, so if you are interested be sure to reserve a place by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0351-4913617.
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation based, please register!; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/333170534142200/
Tuesday, 11 December: Christmas Garden Dresden
(Text adapted from event website) After the tremendous success of Christmas at Kew in London and the Christmas Garden Berlin, the Christmas Garden now arrives for the first time in Dresden at the Pillnitz Palace & Park. “As twilight falls, the magic begins”: Under this motto the Pillnitz Palace & Park opens its gates from 14 November 2018 to 6 January 2019 for a very special walk at the Christmas Garden Dresden. Contemplativeness in grand style! The Pillnitz Palace & Park is transformed during this winter into an illuminated fairy-tale setting with breath-taking plays of light, impressively staged architecture and illuminated characters. As opposed to the general hustle and bustle during the Christmas period, the Christmas Garden Dresden invites you to take your breath and enjoy the true thrill of anticipation of Christmas Eve calmly. Families, friends and romanticists can spend a wonderful and contemplative evening in an enchanted setting full of discoveries. The garden is made up of a 2 kilometre long trail which goes past 20 individual light installations, each more beautiful than the last! If you are interested in visiting, please be sure to buy your ticket online in advance through the link below, as a time slot reservation is necessary beforehand.
Beginning: 4:30 p.m.; Admission: 15 EUR Regular, 12,50 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Schloss Pillnitz, August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden; BUS 63 ‘Pillnitz Leonardo-da-Vinci-Straße’ stop.
More information and tickets: https://christmas-garden.de/en/dresden/
Wednesday, 12 December: International Jam Session
A Jam Session is an informal musical event, where musicians play improvised solos and chord progressions. It is a great opportunity for instrumentalists to show off their improvisational abilities and skills with their instruments and is normally a fun event to watch as a spectator, as you never know what to expect. This Wednesday, Kukulida invites musicians from around the world to join them in their international jam session. If you know how to play an instrument and would like to play, this is your chance to shine! As already mentioned, it is an open-for-all event, with no previous registration required. All you need is enough bravery to get on stage and improvise your tunes away. Don’t worry if the chords don’t come out as expected, this is a truly relaxed environment. Kangarooband, the Banda Internationale’s youth project has been invited to play as the session opener. After that, anyone is welcome to take on the stage. Even if you cannot play and would like to come by just to watch, feel free to take a place with the audience and watch the musicians make magic happen on stage!
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Kukulida, Martin-Luther-Str. 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 6, 11, 13 ‘Bautzner-/Rothenburger Straße’ stop.
Thursday, 13 December: Hard Core, Soft Bodies (Exhibition)
(Text taken from event description) Hard core, soft bodies is a collection of videos that reimagine the human form. The 3D hybrid beings, constructed of biological organs and technological prosthetics, stand in a literal ‘grey area’ making familiar sounds and subtle movements. There is an undeniable bizarreness to imagining the inner-workings of our biological bodies, but when cleaned up and stripped of the ‘mess’ a digestive tract earns the same elegance as a single unoccupied contact lens. The work serves as a tribute to the intricate and phenomenal natural human body and the possibility for technology to further expand it’s potential. This futuristic re-imagining of bodies draws on one of Deja’s key questions: what does it mean to be human in the age of artificial intelligence and the technological takeover? For this exhibition Stine Deja will create a site-specific environment around the pieces. Six tons of gravel will be installed to extract the grey zone narrative into the physical space and minimise the boundaries between the screen and the viewer. A unique ecosystem exists in the gallery: the natural floor makes the environment feel both inside and outside, while the smoke instates an unconscious mystery in the space by drawing on recurring sci-fi tropes. The viewer is forced to feel they have slipped into another reality, where even the view from the windows to the ‘outside world’ is no longer as expected.
Opening Hours: Thu – Sun 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. until December 16; Admission: Free; How to get there: Schimmel Projects – Art Centre, Großenhainer Str. 61-63, 01127 Dresden; TRAM 3, 13 ‘Liststraße’ stop.
More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/312247919497261/