Friday, 7 June: Money For Rope
When was the last time you witnessed a band with two drummers on their line-up? This is just a snippet of the many aspects that make the Australian band “Money For Rope” so unique. Spawning from the same fertile music scene that gave the world names such as Courtney Barnett as well as King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, this Melbourne band now brings out a true masterpiece of an album brimming with energetic garage, surf, rock, soul and psych. A huge mixture of genres all in one band, listening to only one of their songs is definitely not enough to be able to categorize them into one sort of musical style. Their new lean 10 piece and only around 30 minutes long album, “Picture Us”, has been entirely self-produced, mixed and mastered by the five-piece band. All of the songs were recorder within the span of a single summer in Victoria, Australia. Most of their time, however, is spent on the road, as the band claims to have a touring habit that has kept them away from home near constantly for the past four years. This has given them a nearly unrivalled stage presence on live performances that must be seen first-hand!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 6,70 EUR; How to get there: Ostpol, Königsbrücker Straße 47, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8, 13 ‘Bischofsweg’ stop.
More information: http://www.moneyforrope.com.au/
Saturday, 8 June: Dresden’s Largest Over 30 Party
If you enjoy a good party but feel as though all of the parties in the Dresden Neustadt are just excessively packed with young teenagers who all seem to still be in school, then be sure not to miss this weekend’s party at the Parkhotel in Weißer Hirsch. Set in one of Dresden’s most traditional hotels in a somewhat legendary ballroom, only people who are over 30 will be allowed in for this Saturday’s party. For all of our guest researches who have already gone past the 30 year mark this is one of the few opportunities in Dresden to attend a large party where only people of this particular age group are allowed in. Of course, for those who find 30 to be too young, the Parkhotel also organizes parties for those over 40 years old quite regularly, so keep an eye out if that is your case. As for those who haven’t made it so far yet, then ride the 11 up to the noble Weißer Hirsch neighbourhood this weekend and get ready for a huge unforgettable party with like-aged and hopefully likeminded people, a great chance to meet new friends and establish new connections!
Beginning: 11 a.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Zwinger Palace, Sophienstraße, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 4, 11, 12 ‘Postplatz’ stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2367656616613382/
Sunday, 9 June: Karneval der Kulturen (Berlin)
Our main tip for the weekend may be a few hours away, but it is definitely worth the trip. If you haven’t already paid a visit to the German capital, this weekend is a great opportunity to do so, just do not expect to see much of the city itself because one of Germany’s largest and most famous street festivals will be taking place: the carnival of cultures! Beginning on Friday and continuing until Monday, this celebration of Berlin’s multicultural and colourful population has taken place ever since 1995 every year on Pentecost weekend and attracts over 500,000 visitors. As the name suggests, visitors get a feel for a number of different cultures represented among the Berlin community, with a varied program including delicious and exotic foods, dance performances and a large parade. The parade is for many the highlight of the entire festival and is very similar to the costume parades that normally take place during carnival. The parade begins on Sunday at 12:30 pm on the corner of the Yorkstraße with the Großbeerenstraße. From there, the group will march onwards towards the Hermannplatz, where the parade is planned to end at around 9:30 pm. For further details, check out the link below.
Beginning: Parade starts at 12:30 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Reaching Berlin is quite simple by train or bus, the journey lasts around 2 hours. Once there, an AB day ticket for the public transport allows you to get to all important locations of the Carnival, the beginning of the parade is near the underground station ‘Mehringdamm’ on the U6 and U7 lines.
More information: https://www.karneval.berlin/en/
Monday, 10 June: Timpani and Trumpets with Banda Internationale
On Monday, the Saloppe invites all for an event that matches quite well with the summer. On a location that is set right on the banks of the Elbe, the Banda Internationale as well as Barbarello and Barrio Katz hope to get you moving under the wonderful summer sun. Banda Internationale is a collective of refugee and non-refugee musicians. United by the desire to change the existing conditions in Saxony, especially those in Dresden, they believe that prejudices should be dismantled and replaced with bridges between cultures, religions, and ethnicities. Through their music, they do their best to help integration succeed and a more open Saxony to emerge. Barbarella & Barrio Katz promise to take you on a musical trip around the globe. An interaction of traditional and actual sounds creates a special vibe – the music captivates and hypnotizes you. Cumbia & Organic Downtempo, Afrobeat & Balkan Brass, Tropical & Oriental Beats melt into a conglomerate of happiness. (Adapted from the event description)
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Saloppe Dresden, Brockhausstraße 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Elbschlösser’ stop.
Tuesday, 11 June: Romeo and Juliet: Live from the Royal Opera House
Romeo and Juliet is the kind of story that requires no further introduction. Without a doubt Shakespeare’s most well-known play, it has been re-enacted on stages around the globe and has been adapted into other similar stories based on the play and has reached the big screen more than once in various film adaptations of this classic. The story of these two star-crossed lovers from the battling Montague and Capulet families gained a new 20th century adaptation as a ballet piece by Kenneth MacMillan, which is part of the Royal Opera House’s spring 2019 season. Thankfully, if you are interested in watching the performance you mustn’t travel all the way to London as Dresden’s Rundkino will broadcast it live on the big screen. The entire program lasts 3 hours and 15 minutes including two intervals between acts.
Beginning: 8:15 p.m.; Admission: 20,50 EUR; How to get there: Rundkino Dresden, Prager Straße 6, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3,7,8,9,11 ‘Walpurgisstraße’ stop.
Wednesday, 12 June: Uni Air
After getting past three knockout phases, 6 bands and 6 DJ’s have made it to this year’s Uni Air’s final event on Wednesday. A large prize of 1300€ awaits the winning band as well as a prize of 500€ for the winning DJ. The battles will take place on a stage set up directly behind the TU Dresden’s Hörsaalzentrum and entry to the event is free for all. The winners will be decided based partly (50%) on the jury’s decision and partly based on votes by the public, which made be done either via an app or through voting terminals that will be present on the event, so everyone can help out their favourite band or DJ towards the prize! Naturally, as this is an event organized by the student committee, all drinks will be sold at student-friendly prices, with beer from the tap costing only 2,50€, cola costing only 2€ and fig shots costing a nearly symbolic 1€. Good prizes, a fun party and above all, great bands and DJs all competing against each other: all great reasons why you definitely should not miss this year’s Uni Air!
Beginning: 6 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Field behind the TU Dresden HSZ, Bergstraße 64, 01069 Dresden; BUS 61, 66 ‘Technische Universität’ stop.
Thursday, 13 June: Afterwork Party
Work day in-day out can often be very tiring and stressful. Many times by the time one has reached Thursday, all that crosses the mind is the wish that the week comes to an end so that the next weekend arrives. So as to help you let go from the daily work stress and in preparation for the weekend, the Carolaschlöschen restaurant in Dresden’s Großer Garten organizes weekly after-work parties on Thursday evenings. Entrance is just 5 euro for those coming after 7 p.m. and 7 euro after 9 p.m. but the party does go on until 1 in the morning. With the wonderful view over the small Carola lake in Dresden’s largest city park, the location offers the perfect opportunity to let go from the daily routine, even if for just a few hours. So why not put on your party clothes and dancing shoes right after calling it a day this Thursday and heading down to the Carolaschlösschen? Be sure to bring friends with you and get ready to get to know many new people. Hopefully, getting up to work on Friday will still be manageable but at least then you’ll be only one day’s work away from the real weekend!
Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: 5 EUR until 9 p.m., then 7 EUR; How to get there: Carolaschlösschen, Querallee 7, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 9, 13 or BUS 75 ‘Querallee’ stop.