What’s On in Dresden
21 June – 27 June

Dresden Catholic Church (Pixabay license: free for use)

Friday, 21 June:  „Fête de la Musique meets Europe Vol.3“

21 June is the longest day of the year and the world celebrates the “Fête de la Musique”. On 21 and 22 June, the Neumarkt will be the venue for the “Fête de la Musique meets Europe Vol.3”.

The Fête de la Musique is the most famous music event in France. Every summer, music lovers, artists and listeners alike, take to the streets and enjoy a musical exchange on the longest day of the year. Anyone, whether small or big, enthusiastic beginner or music professional, can perform everywhere on this day. The performances are full of variety, humour and spontaneity, but above all they are free of charge and accessible to everyone. It’s not about profits, but about experiencing music together and celebrating the diversity of musical genres.
The “Fête de la Musique meets Europe” shows the cross-border joy of making music together. Professional musicians and amateurs, bands and artists as well as choirs and performers will perform this weekend on a prominent stage at Neumarkt in Dresden. Meanwhile the Fête de la Musique connects people in 540 cities worldwide, 300 of them in Europe and about 50 in Germany.

Beginning: 3 p.m.; Admission: free; How to get there: Dresden Neumarkt and different other locations throughtout the city (see Programm on website)

More information: https://dresden.institutfrancais.de/kultur/musik/fete-de-la-musique-2019
or on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/347428495882992 (Open Air @ Neumarkt)
www.facebook.com/pg/fetedelamusiquedresden/events/?ref=page_internal (more events throughout the city)

Saturday, 22 June: Festival:progressive

This year the Festival :progressive will once again create a weekend-long space at TU Dresden where the presence as well as the future will be discussed and debated in a progressive way.

What kind of world do we want to live in?
What should society look like in it?
What can we change and how?

In order to deal with these and other questions, there are various workshops during the day, where all those interested can spin utopias and network to realize them. The speakers from TU Dresden and from local initiatives will deal especially with topics about political movements, the environment, technology, mobility and society. This is surrounded by a colorful program with practical and creative elements, cool live acts as well as food and drinks on donation basis. Free of charge – but certainly not for nothing. Whisper-translation is expected to be available.

Duration: The Festival :progressive starts on Friday 3:30 pm and ends Saturday night. Admission: Free How to get there: The Trefftz-Wiese is right in the middle of the TU Dresden Campus. Between Willers-Bau and Recknagel-Bau. Campus-Navigator: https://bit.ly/31GPRNQ

More information: www.kreta-dresden.org; www.facebook.com/events/588779128283515

Sunday, 23 June: Vegan Summer Brunch

Sunday is in many parts of the world the unofficial brunch day. There is no  better way to start off the week’s most lazy day than by enjoying a delicious meal mixing up traditional breakfast and lunch dishes as a preparation for a lazy afternoon that is about to come. This Sunday, Hellerau invites everyone who would like to enjoy this beautiful summer weather in their cultural garden whilst supporting the animal protection works of the Anima Association. Naturally, since the focus of the association is animal protection all of the dishes served are fully vegan, so anyone is free to attend regardless of their dietary requirements. Anima exists ever since 2014 and was founded in Dresden with the goal of changing people’s minds in regards to the way we treat animals. The organization works not only through marketing to change the perspectives of individuals but also on a political and societal scale. This Sunday you may not only enjoy a delicious brunch prepared by the association but also will have the chance to learn a little bit more about their work and how they cooperate with similar organizations throughout Germany. All non-vegans are also very much welcome to attend!

Beginning: 10:30 a.m.; 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/veganer-sommerbrunch/

Monday, 24 June: Montagscafé

When Montagscafé first began, it was a place where people who were new to Dresden could come together to meet one another and discuss various topics or simply openly talk. As time went by, Montagscafé continued on, even for those who were now not as “new” to Dresden but still with the same original format. Here you will find an open atmosphere, a place for a free exchange of ideas for all who are from Dresden, the region, or far away. The main topics are mostly around migration and culture, not only on a theoretical but also on a practical level. In the same way as culture evolves throughout time, Montagscafé has also evolved in the past months, changing every week in accordance with the participants. Take part in this wonderful project and help shape this week’s meeting with your participation! At 3 p.m., the program begins with a women’s café with a possibility for supervised child care. From 5 to 10 p.m. everyone is welcome into the open café, where normally at around 7 p.m. some sort of special event takes place. As part of an ongoing series, every week features some sort of workshop. This week, you will have the chance to learn more about plastic upcycling with Bettina Weber. If you cannot make it this week add it onto your calendar for one of the following Mondays as this is a weekly event, there are no excuses not to at least check it out, yallah!

Beginning: 5 p.m.; Admission: Free; How to get there: Staatsschauspiel Dresden Kleines Haus, Glacisstr. 28, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 3, 6, 7, 8, 11 ‘Albertplatz’ stop.

Tuesday, 25 June: Saloppe Night Garden – AfterWorkParty

It’s a shame that the good days when we all had long summer holidays as schoolkids are long gone. Having to work with this wonderful weather is for the most of us quite dreadful and if you also belong to the group which wishes they could just enjoy the sun and relax next to the river while having a good time with friends then maybe the Saloppe’s after work party may be just what you are looking for. Entry is free until 9 pm but even if you cannot make it by then and still wish to come, the 5 euro entry required after 9 is definitely worth it for one of Dresden’s most traditional and well-known bars. This Tuesday, DJ Jazz K Lipa will be on the turntables to ensure everyone has a great time and if dancing is not really for you, then you may also enjoy playing ping pong or table football. If you are the more relaxed kind of person who prefers to just sip on a beer while having a good talk, then this is also the ideal location due to its wonderful setting which is sure to put out all of your stress from work and might even give you the feeling as if you were truly on summer holidays!

Beginning: 7 p.m.; Admission: Free until 9 pm, then 5 EUR; How to get there: Saloppe Dresden, Brockhausstraße 1, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 11 ‘Elbschlösser’ stop.

Wednesday, 26 June: Movie: PUSH – Why can’t we afford to live in our cities?

PUSH is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?

In Harlem, New York, we meet a man who spends 90% of his income on a flat. Soon, the two-bedroom will cost 3600 USD per month. His 1.700-unit housing project has just been bought by a huge private equity fund. In Barcelona, Ahmed and his family are the last left in their building where all other apartments are sealed off. The new owner has been pushing all of their neighbours out. In London, people talk about ‘bank boxes in the sky’; new condo buildings and flats sold on international fairs as investment pieces. Now many apartments in these shiny new buildings stand empty.  (Text from: www.pushthefilm.com)

Beginning: 6.30 p.m.; Admission: 7 € Regular, 6 € Reduced; How to get there: Programmkino Ost, Schandauer Straße 63, 01277 Dresden; TRAM 4, 10 ‘Altenberger Straße’ stop.

Thursday, 27 June: Beats like Bombs – Open Beat

Ever since the first sampler was released to the public in the late 60’s, music has never been the same as it was before. Today, a large part of what we listen to in the radio is no longer the simple product of musical instruments arranged and mixed together but also includes a great deal of sounds derived from synthesizers, samplers, and other electronic musical devices. The Plan Bo bar in the Neustadt invites all of the musical aficionados to bring out their Mpc’s, samplers, laptops and such for an open beat evening on Thursday. Similar to an open mic evening where everyone is free to show off their singing talents on stage, here everyone is free to show off their creative mixing skills live or may present some sort of project they’ve been working on throughout the past months. Of course, if your skills with a synthesizer or sampler are not impressive enough to perform on stage, the event is open to all who are interested in electronic music.

Beginning: 8 pm; Admission: Free; How to get there: Plan Bo, Görlizer Straße 35, 01099 Dresden; TRAM 13

More information (German): https://www.facebook.com/events/1058055554387787/



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21 June – 27 June

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