What’s On in Dresden
9 November – 15 November 2018

Photo: MD – thank you!

Tip for the whole week: MoveIT film festival for human rights!


Friday, 
9 November: Alternative Band Triple Concert 

As part of the ‘German-Czech Culture Days’ festival, the Scheune in the Dresden Neustadt will receive a quite unusual concert this Friday. No, this is not your regular weekly jazz concert or another rock concert, this will be a diverse alternative music concert made up of three separate bands, each with their own unique style. As the larger festival behind this concert is meant to celebrate German and Czech culture, it is only natural that two of the bands playing this evening are Czech while the third is German. The first band to play, Manon Meurt, plays music inspired by British bands from the early 90’s Shoegaze movement such as Lush, Ride, and Slowdive. Next, the Dresden based band Jaguwar will take the stage. Their musical style is also somewhat influenced by the Shoegaze movement, with some describing their songs as a mixture of The Cure and Ride both playing together. Finally, the perhaps most kaleidoscopic band of the evening, Market., also known as the band with an ungoogleable name, will play. Ask the five members of this band what their genre is and they might ask you if ‘genre’ is something out of French cuisine. The best description is probably that they play “garage disco jazz post-punk funky big beats pop stuff for frightened kids”. If you have no idea of what this may sound like, then come out to the Scheune on Friday and find out!

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 10 EUR in advance, 12 EUR at the door; How to get there: Scheune Dresden; Alaunstraße 36-40, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3,6,11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop, TRAM 7,8 ‘Louisenstraße’ stop, TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

More information (German): http://www.tdkt.info/veranstaltungen/czech-dicktator-soundz/

Saturday, 10 November: Clash (Dance Project)

Clash, a postcolonial dance project, is a production put together by the Dresden dance company SubsTANZ in cooperation with the Deutsches Hygiene Museum. The production serves as an accompanying piece to the current special exhibition at the museum on racism. It is an exploration into how much ideas stemming from colonial times still exist today. Does a binarity between Africa and Europe truly exist, do concepts such as primitive/civilized, regressive/progressive, rational/irrational still exist, also in the dance realm? In this piece different dancers from different cultural styles are put on the same level so that the audience may analyse for itself whether there are differences to be found and what kind of relationships may be traced from one dance style to another. The name “clash” stems from the expression “culture clash” but here the producers would like to remove any negative connotation this word may bring with it and look at this clash as the kicking off of something new.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: 9 EUR Regular, 4 EUR Reduced, 14 EUR Family Ticket; How to get there: Deutsches Hygiene Museum, Lignerplatz 1, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 1,2,4,12 ‘Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’ stop, TRAM 10, 13 ‘Großer Garten / Deutsches Hygiene-Museum’ stop;

More information (German): https://www.dhmd.de/veranstaltungen/kalender/veranstaltungsdetails/176/2018-11-10/  

Sunday, 11 November: Supa Modo

This movie will be shown as part of the MOVE IT! Filmfestival, a wonderful film festival dealing with subjects of human rights and development. For a description of the festival as well as a list of our highlights, click hereSupa Modo is the story of a young girl suffering from a terminal illness who dreams of becoming a superhero. Her dream causes her entire village to rally together so as to make her dream come true. The film is an international co-produced drama and originally premiered at this year’s Berlinale, Berlin’s International Film Festival. It was selected as the Kenyan entry for the best foreign language film at the 91st Academy Awards. A truly moving story, this is surely Sunday’s highlight for the MOVE IT! festival.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: 7 EUR; How to get there: Thalia Cinema, Görlitzer Straße 6, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlitzer Straße’ stop.

Monday, 12 November: Deva Mahal – Run Deep  

Deva Mahal was born with the blues in her blood. Becoming the genre-defying artist, powerhouse vocalist and astute songwriter that she is today could only be achieved through living a life rich with pain, joy, loss, love, heartache and experience. A soul as singular as Deva’s can only find voice through an equally unique sound, which she’s forged by growing her blues roots through the fertile soil of modern R&B, indie-pop, soul, rock and gospel. The full scope of her voice and vision has been revealed in 2018 on Run Deep, her aptly-named first album, produced by Scott Jacoby (Vampire Weekend, José James, Coldplay) along with newcomer Jarrett Wetherell. The title captures not only her estimable musical bloodline but the finely-hewn emotions that course through her songs. Deva plumbs her own emotional depths to explore issues of overcoming adversity, battling one’s own demons and dealing with the pains of love and loss, alongside wry observations on contemporary romance. She breathes vivid life into those songs with a knockout voice that combines pulse-pounding soul with a decidedly modern edge. (Text taken from artist’s website)

Beginning: 8 p.m.; Admission: 23 EUR Regular, 15,30 EUR Reduced; How to get there: Jazzclub Tonne, Tzschirnerplatz 3-5 01067 Dresden; TRAM 3, 7, 8, 9 ‘Synagoge’ stop.

Tuesday, 13 November: DIY – The Joy of Making and Giving 

Once more, another TUesday afterwork MIXER event makes it to our list of weekly tips and this time it is the perfect event for those who are already thinking about Christmas gifts and would like to give something a bit more personal to their loved ones. After all, the best gifts are the ones handmade with love and next Tuesday you will have the chance to learn how to make some beautiful decorative pieces which also double as gifts. In one evening, you will learn how to make Mandala art, beautiful 3D stars that allow natural light to penetrate through, different origami art and exquisite tea light candle holders. Feel free to bring your kids if you have any, as there will be a special kids art workshop with clay moulding art. The full schedule may be found in the link below. Come by and make the most out of this creative evening with your friends and family and spread the joy of making and giving before the holiday season begins.

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: 2 EUR contribution per workshop for the materials appreciated; How to get there: Zeuner-Bau Room 255, Helmholtzstr. 5, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 3, 8 or BUS 61 ‘Nürnberger Platz’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1167756216713257/ 

Wednesday, 14 November: Tell Your Truth 

Tell Your Truth is a writing workshop organized by the Goethe Institute in Dresden open for all, both with and without migration backgrounds. The main focus is on creative, literary, and autobiographical writing, so that participants may be able to tell their story to the world. Although the workshop first began on October 10 and has been running on every Wednesday ever since, a later entry is always possible so if you are interested, be sure to pop in this Wednesday so that you don’t miss out on any further dates, as this event will continue only until December 12. Come by and write together with people from various different cultures on the topics of migration, flight, arrival, refuge, interculturality, and encounter. Feel free to write in your mother tongue or another language with the translating help of someone else. At the end, a final reading will also be organized by the institute. Do not hesitate to come and tell your story, everyone is welcome to the Schreibwerkstatt!

Beginning: 4 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Goethe-Institut Dresden, Königsbrücker Straße 84, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 ‘Tannenstraße’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2080658578861540/

Thursday, 15 November: Identity. Intersectionality. Indigenity. 

As part of the event series Courage: Know, See, Act on civil courage organized by the TU Dresden Centre for Integration Studies, author Red Haircrow will give a presentation on themes of racism and integration in Germany. The following text is taken from the event’s description: “Whether it is the normalization of racism in the mainstream or the behaviors and practices of modern colonialism present in government, schools and businesses, and daily on the streets, Germany is a microcosm of struggles facing western society. Misinformation, Eurocentric history and “politically correct” policies that did not reflect interracial reality for decades has created a perfect storm of self-victimization and self-interest. The same mentality that ignores indigenous rights to self-representation are often those who also stereotype and gaslight GLBTIIQ people, the disabled or economically challenged, especially people of color just for desiring change and equality. This is intersecting oppression. What and who engineered these behaviors and practices, and for what purpose? And how and why must it change? These questions are each person’s responsibility to educate themselves upon, but the answers must be honest.”

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Frauenbildungshaus Dresden e.V., Oskarstr. 1, 01219 Dresden; TRAM 9, 13 or BUS 61, 63, 75 ‘Wasaplatz’ stop.

More information: https://www.facebook.com/events/2246467782254329/  

Courage event series: www.tu-dresden.de/courage

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