What’s On in Dresden
1 March – 7 March 2019

Crocuses – the ambassadors of spring (Photo by MD – Thank you!)

Friday, 1 March: Dresden Sauna-Night

You haven’t had the full experience of living in Germany until you have visited a sauna. German saunas are quite well-known among foreigners who live here for longer periods of time due to the curious observance of a very important unwritten sauna rule: everyone must be naked! At a first glance it may sound somewhat weird, for people from more traditional cultures such a practice sounds unimaginable and perhaps even bordering on promiscuity but it is quite an interesting experience to be in a place where everyone simply accepts that we all as human beings have our own bodies and there’s nothing to be ashamed about that. This Friday, if you feel ready for a German sauna experience you have the chance to visit the Georg-Arnhold-Bad’s so-called sauna night. Beginning at 6 pm, the complex’s saunas will be open until 11 p.m. with a themed “Aufguss” schedule. If it’s your first time to such a sauna, then be sure to visit one of the Aufguss sessions, which is when one of the workers pours scented water or ice over the hot stones, drastically increasing the humidity in the room and the perceived heat which in turn stimulates sweating and has numerous proven health benefits. Be prepared to feel extremely relaxed after leaving and do not be surprised if you end up turning into a sauna fanatic, it happens to the best of us!

Beginning: 6 p.m.; Admission: Prices range from 16 to 20 EUR; How to get there: Georg-Arnhold-Bad, Helmut-Schön-Allee 2, 01069 Dresden; TRAM 10, 13 ‘Georg-Arnhold-Bad’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/143179383294942/

Saturday, 2 March: Saturday Flea Markets

Saturday is the perfect day to buy cheap stuff in Dresden. Whether you’re looking for vintage furniture for your new apartment, second hand clothes to enrich your closet, or maybe an affordable used bike to ride around during the coming summer, then the flea markets in Dresden are the perfect place for you! Every Saturday, at least two different flea markets take place on different locations throughout Dresden, each offering a different array of antique as well as handmade items. The largest and most well-known is the market that bravely takes place on every Saturday of the year next to the Albertbrücke on the Altstadt side of the Elbe. Through sun and rain, through winter and summer, this is the all-rounder flea market, where there are so many items on sale that you’d need the entire morning just to take a look at everything. Crossing over to the Neustadt side of the river, a market is set up inside the historical Markthalle building on the Hauptstrasse, which is definitely worth a visit not only for the market itself but also for the architecture of the building it is set inside. Finally, once a month but also happening this Saturday there is the beloved Altes Heizhaus flea market, in a huge 800 m² hall on the Stetzscher Straße in the Neustadt, between the 7 and 8 tram stops Albertplatz and Louisenstrasse. This market is famous for its extensive furniture collection but is also well-known as being one of the best places to get yourself a cheap used bike.

More information (all in German):

Market on the Elbe: http://www.elbeflohmarkt.de/web/index.php
Market in the Markthalle: https://www.facebook.com/events/1942328659226452/
Market in the Altes Heizhaus: https://www.facebook.com/events/362126494370680/

Sunday, 3 March: Camellia Blossoms at Pillnitz Castle

“Slowly, the first of the bulging camellia buds begin to open. As every year, this botanical advance announces the arrival of spring and is accompanied by the opening of the camellia house for visitors: from 16th March, it will be open daily from 10am to 5pm. Even if it still needs a few more rays of sunlight to bring the camellia to a full blossom, everything looks as if there will be lush flowers again this year, so that in the next two months the “Grande Dame” of the Pillnitz Castle Park will show her most beautiful and colourful side. A sea of thousands of carmine red, unscented and bell-shaped flowers await the visitor during the main flowering period in the middle/end of March, which will cover the huge camellia bush. So coming back is worth it to be able to see the changing natural spectacle in its entirety. Just beware when planning your visit that in order to keep the tree and its beautiful blossoms safe, the camellia house does not open during severe storms or in cold weather. (Translated from kulturkalender-dresden.de)

Opening times: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: 3.00 (reduced €2.50, free of charge for children up to the age of 16) How to get there: Pillnitz Palace and Park, August-Böckstiegel-Straße 2, 01326 Dresden; BUS 63, stop Leonardo-da-Vinci-Strasse or Pillnitzer Platz.

More information: https://www.schlosspillnitz.de/en/events-exhibitions/events/event/camellia-blossoms-at-pillnitz-castle/12556/

Monday, 4 March: Dance and Gymnastics Course by “yOUR Community”

This weekly 2-hour course is open to all and free of charge. Elements of dance, gymnastics and relaxation are combined to give you a break from everyday duties. This is a perfect chance to free up your limbs from endless hours of office work, shaking off the stiffness that develops over time and exchanging it with smooth movement achieved through dance and gymnastics. In the course, an atmosphere for conscious contact with yourself and others is created by the use of plays and dance as well as gymnastics and relaxation techniques. It is also a great opportunity to meet new people and perhaps make a few new friends in this relaxed and familiar setting. Playful joy and strengthening silence can build a supportive base for everyday life. Even if you do not have any experience neither with dance nor gymnastics don’t be shy and try out something new, you might even discover a new passion and will surely be able to improve your dance moves for the next office party!

Duration: 7-9 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Flüchtlingsunterkunft K9, Katharinenstraße 9, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 7, 8 to stop ‘Louisenstraße’.

More information (German): https://www.kulturaktiv.org/events/tanz-und-gymnastikkurs-24/

Tuesday, 5 March: Dresden’s 15th Carnival Party

If you are a fan of Carnival and were afraid you wouldn’t have the chance to properly celebrate it in Dresden then worry no more as we’ve selected the city’s largest Carnival party to add to our list this week. On Tuesday, the Christian world will be celebrating the last day before the beginning of lent by going out to the streets and partying as hard as they can. Of course, although originally a Christian party nowadays Carnival, or Mardi Gras as it is also known, welcomes anyone who is willing to have a good time! The fest has gained different formats in different countries, in places like Brazil, it is known for the huge parades with costumes and large decorated cars. In other areas of the country but also in places such as New Orleans or Köln in Germany, the party takes place on the streets, with millions of people flooding the streets to the sound of happy, upbeat music, wearing costumes and most importantly, a smile on their faces. In Dresden, a number of different venues will organize children parades, as children show off their creative costumes throughout the city’s streets. At night, however, it’s time for the adults to have fun at parties spread throughout town, such as Feldschlößchen’s Pichmännel Carnival at the Parkhotel. If you are interested, be sure to buy your tickets as early as possible before the event sells out!

Beginning: 9:45 p.m.; Admission: 6 EUR; How to get there: Parkhotel Dresden, Bautzner Landstraße 7, 01324 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Plattleite’ stop.

More information (German) and tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/584843725251626/

Wednesday, 6 March: Funko F. live at Blue Note

The worldwide success of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’s Uptown Funk in 2014 goes to show how funk is not dead. Put on any funk beat at a party to this day and the dancefloor goes crazy, it’s nearly impossible not to dance when that funky beat begins to play! This Wednesday, the traditional Jazz bar in the Neustadt Blue Note will put jazz to the side for one evening and welcome Funko F., a funk band which since the beginning of 2018 decided to revive this musical genre in Dresden. Initially named The Funky Music Explosion, the band is made up of 13 talented musicians who are more than certain that funk is not yet dead and have been shaking up different venues throughout town during the past year. With some “big guns” on their repertoire such as Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power and Earth, Wind and Fire they manage to bring life to any bar or party they are playing at. If you decide to watch them play live on Wednesday, just beware of one thing: chances are very high you won’t be able to contain yourself and will feel almost forced to begin to dance, so let’s groove!

Beginning: 9 p.m.; Admission: Not listed; How to get there: Blue Note, Görlitzer Str. 2B, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13 ‘Görlizer Straße’ stop.

More information (German): https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events/2019/03/06

Thursday, 7 March: Portraits – Hellerau Photography Award 2018

(Text taken from the Hellerau website) “The first year of the PORTRAITS – HELLERAU Photography Awards competition under the jury leadership of Carena Schlewitt has been successfully completed. Once again, hundreds of photographers from all over the world have chosen HELLERAU Photography for their exhibitions in Dresden and HELLERAU. This year, there will be a double vernissage: At 6 pm Carena Schlewitt opens the shortlist exhibition for the Residenzpreis in HELLERAU. Here, artistic positions of photographers from Great Britain, Russia, Iran, the USA and Germany will be exhibited, among which the Residence Prize winner(s) will be chosen for the opening of the exhibition in 2019. At 8.30 p.m., the Great PORTRAITS Annual Exhibition will open at the Pumpenhaus an der Marienbrücke (Devrientstraße) with contributions from Italy, Slovakia, France, Austria and more than twenty contemporary contributions from Germany, among others, and the Afershowparty will open with the presentation of the 1st to 3rd prizes.“

Opening times: Sat and Sun 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. until April 22nd; Admission: Free; 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/portraits-hellerau-photography-award-2018/

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