Friday, 8 February: Johnny Campbell, The Black Elephant Band & LonA
Johnny Campbell: A fast, ruthless, uncompromising sound which lends its influences from far and wide. Johnny is also a humorous storyteller and recalls stories of touring from twenty countries and counting where he’s plied his trade. Embracing traditional music from Europe and sometimes frantic Bluegrass style picking, Johnny performs mostly self-penned inspiring songs of protest, migration and debauchery. The Black Elephant Band is led by the Nurnberg-based bearded punk musician who sings in English and does not waste time with his songs. Most of its songs are under two and a half minutes, with what seems to be an out of tune guitar and angry voice. LonA is the artist name of a simple girl grown up in the top part of Italy, in the Italian Alps on the border to Austria and Swizzerland. In 2014 at the age of 24, she started her path; a souls journey full of adventures and beautiful people. Since then she never stopped travelling – be it physically and on the spiritual plane. She figured out about her skills, met lots of her soul-family, had a very intense soul-path, about her lights and darkest shadows, about her belief, about the Yin and the Yang; literally everything you can imagine to do with oneself to find the ONE LOVE. ONE SELF. (Text slightly adapted from the event website)
Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Free, 2 additional euros on the first drink for the band ; How to get there: Veränderbar, Görlitzer Str. 42, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Str.’ Stop.
More information and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/757859047913467/
Saturday, 9 February: Love Chapter 2
The dancers almost become angels, flirt with the catwalk, find true joy in movement, swing in flowing ecstasy and let themselves be carried from the memory of folk dance to winning poses and rave ambience. Even the pulsating music of Ori Lichtik leaves the booming electronic realms and mixes sentimentality with minimalism. Really strong! – Thomas Hahn, dance. “Love Chapter 2” is dedicated to the emotional world that leaves behind a failed love. It describes the state of loss and pain, mental exhaustion and new hope at the end of the tunnel, with the choreographic signature so typical of Sharon Eyals. As a sextet, the dancers* form themselves with infinite flexibility into ever new expressive body images. But the unity is deceptive – each of the six ensemble members struggles to survive. The musician and DJ Ori Lichtik delivers the carpet of sound on which the dancers* move with his pulsating techno beats, some of which are recorded live. (Text taken from the Hellerau website)
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 11 EUR Reduced; 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/event/love-chapter-2/
Sunday, 10 February: Girls’ Flea Market
This Sunday’s tip goes for all the women among us! The Aposto Dresden has organized a flea market especially for women and girls. Saleswomen from the region will present their array of mainly fashion related products, from dresses to shoes, most of which are all handmade. Pieces of handmade jewellery will also be on sale but for those who do not want to spend too much, a large assortment of used clothes will also be up for grabs. Don’t miss this special opportunity to find items you would not find elsewhere and enrich your wardrobe with unique pieces that will all surely stand out from the regular H&M fast fashion pieces. Support the local saleswomen and handcrafters and you might just happen to find a new favourite dress for the upcoming spring and summer!
Beginning: 4:30 p.m. Admission: Free; How to get there: Aposto Dresden, Seestraße 10, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 11, 12 or BUS 62 ‘Prager Str.’ Stop.
More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/2562692777091274/
Monday, 11 February: Feature Ring: Charlotte Greve
Charlotte Greve experienced the Ring Trio for the first time in 2012 in the Transparent Factory at the Echo Jazz awards ceremony. She was awarded the title of Best Newcomer. By this time she had already completed her studies at the Jazz Institute in Berlin and moved her life to New York. Greve has always been intoxicating with her improvisations and compositions for the Lisbeth Quintet, her Wood River Trio and most recently Sediments We Move, an epic work with a sixty-piece choir. The “Feature Ring” series at Hellerau is hosted on a monthly basis by the Ring Trio band. The idea is simple, each month the band welcomes and features a new musician, who is given the chance to play along side the band and showcase their talents. Openness, curiosity and creativity are the keywords behind this fun and often quite unique event. (Text partially taken from the Hellerau website).
Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 11 EUR Regular, 7 EUR Reduced; 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/event/feature-ring-4/
Tuesday, 12 February: LiveLokal: Die Bagels
The Bagels playing at the Neustadt’s Groovestation this Tuesday may not be edible but you will surely savour the experience of listening to this wonderful band play live! The band’s repertoire brings together elements from remote regions of Russia, the Balkans, as well as France and Latin America. Surely this is a mix seldom to be found but somehow it all works together for an amazing end product. The Dresden-based band has as one of its objectives to show the world just how beautiful music can be when it is open to accept elements from other cultures. Music works as a link to connect the most distant cultures as anyone is able to understand to wonderful language of music. Don’t miss your chance to watch this incredible band play without charging any admission, sponsored by the city of Dresden’s department for culture and monument protection. As the title of the event already points out, it’s not only live but also local!
Beginning: 8:30 p.m.; Admission: Free, donation requested; How to get there: GroveStation, Katharinenstraße 11-13, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop.
Wednesday, 13 February: Menschenkette 2019
The night of February 13, 1945. This date will never be forgotten from the minds of Dresden’s citizens as long as the memory of the most catastrophic event in the history of mankind is not forgotten. The Second World War took the lives of between 50 to 85 million people in the short 6 year period between 1939 and 1945. An estimated 25,000 of these lives were taken during four air raids on the city of Dresden between the nights of February 13 and 15 in 1945, reducing one of the world’s most beautiful cities to ashes. Up to this day, the bombing of Dresden leads to heated debates of whether or not it should be considered a war crime, given many analysts consider Dresden to have had little to now military or industrial significance at the time. Regardless of the true motives behind to city’s bombing, the 13th of February will always be a day of mourning for Dresden’s citizens, who on this day all join together around the old city for one of the world’s most heart-warming demonstrations of union as everyone joins hands to form a huge human chain. Undoubtedly one of the most moving events of the year and a highlight in the city’s calendar, be sure to be around the old town a little before 6 pm as the chain is always closed at 6 to the sound of the old city’s ringing bells in memory of all who burned to death in one of the most dreadful events the world has ever seen. May their souls rest in peace and may we never forget the atrocities mankind is able to commit so as to not repeat our errors of the past.
Beginning: 5 p.m. (Ceremony, Chain at 6 p.m.); Admission: Free; How to get there: Rathaus, Dr.-Külz-Ring 19, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.
More information: http://13februar.dresden.de/index_en.php
Thursday, 14 February: Radical Women Artists of South Asia
Women Artists of South Asia: Varying Registers of the Radical
Thanks to geopolitics and historical association, if not direct colonial rule, South Asia has had a shared past. But this does not necessarily mean the countries share a common socio-political present. In this exhibition, artist Kurchi Dasgupta explores the varying registers at which women artists negotiate oppression across the region and enunciate feminist acts of resistance, how even the simplest of artistic gestures becomes ‘radical’ given the specificity and adversity of one’s location. The exhibition is part of a larger event currently taking place at the Albertinum “Medea muckt auf.”, which takes a closer look at radical artists who are not afraid to express themselves behind iron curtains around the world. For the opening of the exhibition this Thursday, Ms. Dasgupta will hold a speech in English related to her exhibition.
Beginning: 6:30 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Albertinum Dresden, Georg-Treu-Platz, 01067 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Altmarkt’ stop or TRAM 1,2,3,4,7,12 ‘Pirnaischer Platz’ stop.
More information and other dates: https://www.facebook.com/events/295242537791165/