What’s On In Dresden
1 – 7 November 2019

What’s On In Dresden? (Photo: M. Hultsch)

We hope you enjoyed a good Halloween Party, have not been too scared and had lots of sweets =)

Tips for the weekend

This time of the year is perfect to get creative. It gets dark early and since it is cold outside, make yourself comfortable at home and do some handicrafts. You can find the necessary inspiration and materials at the “Kreativmesse Dresden“, a trades fair all around creative ideas offering workshops or, if you are not very creative yourself, you can just buy from creative people. Maybe you have already started thinking about Christmas gifts? On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. head out to Messe Dresden for the Creative Trades Fair. Admission costs 5€.

As of 31 October,  the exhibition “Vielfalt zählt – Biodiversität – Senckenberg im Japanischen Palais” (Diversity Counts – Biodiversity – Senckenberg in the Japanese Palais) on biodiversity will open its doors. It deals with the diversity of animal and plant species, microorganisms and fungi and the genetic diversity within species, and with the complex ecological processes and interactions in a multitude of habitats on Earth.

If you like autumn, maybe a walk through the Botanical Garden could be something to do this weekend? This Sunday there will be free guided tours through the Botanical Gardens. The gardens are open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Do you also like to sing in the shower, but you don’t feel comfortable in public? Then the Sing dela Sing – Event on Sunday evening might be just right for you. An “anti-karaoke” event of a special kind, where not one person stands on stage and sings, but where everyone sings along to the songs together. Both English and German classics will be sung.

Always worth a visit: the Panometer Dresden“, where you can take a unique journey back to Dresden’s past and experience the city in a 360° panorama! Artist Yadegar Asisi’s panoramas tower 27 m high and have been an insider’s tip among exhibitions and museums in Dresden since 2006.

Tips for the upcoming week

Dating back 450 years, the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are the oldest and second largest museum collections in Germany and present world-class masterpieces, e.g. the Historical Green Vault and the New Green Vault, known as the treasures of the Wettins, and the Old Masters’ Picture Gallery with Raphael’s “Sistine Madonna”.

What about an alternative city tour? Have a look at the street art in Dresden Neustadt on Monday! This trip will give you insights into the local and international scene of street art right in the middle of Dresden Neustadt. Whether it’s pasteup, stencil, mural or wall design; all sorts of legal or illegal graffiti can be discovered here. This tour will sensitize the viewer to art in an urban space. If you are even more interested in alternative streetart, check out the Nightwalk Dresden. You can book an individual time and route on this website.

Don’t forget: the Dresden Jazzdays are still going on! The Jazzdays are an international festival from 23 October till 24 November that has been acclaimed for first-class jazz in all its variety. For a whole month, you can enjoy Jazz whatever day you like!

Always a good view on a sunny day:  The “Brühlsche Terassen” Bruehl’s Terrace, also called the “Balcony of Europe”, for the beautiful view over the Elbe River. Right underneath and behind mighty walls lies the Dresden Fortress. Its cannon yards and casemates dating from the 16th century are a window into Dresden’s history. The Stable Yard is one of the few testimonies to the glamorous era of the Renaissance in Dresden.

Next Wednesday don’t miss Indie-Rock artist Hila Ruach in “Altes Wettbüro”; an artist from Tel Aviv performing on-stage with finest Israeli Garage-Alternativ-Rock.

Thursday is the opening day for an art and performance exhibition in “Motorenhalle“, where East German utopias around 1989 and a comparison to today’s utopias are discussed. Very exciting and debatable!


Save the Date: 7 November, where the MoveIt! -Filmfestival will open. Next week you’ll get more info!

Keep in mind that Thursday 31 October is a public holiday in Dresden, so don’t make your way to work that day. Many offices use that holiday to close for a longer weekend. As will we ;) The Welcome Center will be closed 31 October and 1 November.

Recurring Events:

Montagscafé: https://www.staatsschauspiel-dresden.de/spielplan/a-z/montagscafe/
Blue Note (regular concerts, most free, mainly jazz): https://www.jazzdepartment.com/events
Saloppe (afterwork party every Tuesday): https://www.saloppe.de/programm/
Carolaschlöschen (afterwork party every Thursday): https://www.carolaschloesschen.de/veranstaltungen/afterwork-party/

Cinemas screening films in original language with subtitles:

Kino im Kasten: https: //www.kino-im-kasten.de/programm.html
Programmkino Ost: https://programmkino-ost.de/filme/filter/ov
Thalia Theater: http://www.thalia-dresden.de/ (Look for the headline “Das Original ist besser” to be sure that it is really the original version and not only an international title!)

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