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1st Zwinger Festival

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

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The courtyard of the Zwinger is used in August as the venue for the 1st Zwinger Festival which is staged by the German director Dieter Wedel.

The modern open-air theatre, which is only performed in German, is named ‘The king’s mistress’ and starts at 8.30 PM. It is a play about love, intrigues and policy at the Saxon royal court in the 18th century.

The main characters are Augusts the Strong and Countess of Cosel. Most of the performers are German actors.

Tickets for the festival can still be purchased.
(Anke Winkler)

21st Elbhangfest festival (June 24-26, 2011)

Thursday, June 23rd, 2011

Dresden celebrates several festivals throughout the year. The Elbhangfest, a kind of an art festival, is one of the most famous ones in the city. It takes place every year on the last week end in June between the suburbs Loschwitz and Pillnitz. This year already for the 21st time.
Over 200 events as concerts, lectures, markets and a big parade are offered to the guests along the picturesque slopes of the Elbe river. This year’s theme is ‘Odole mio’ referring to Mr. Karl August Lingner who lived in Dresden at the beginning of the 20th century. He became well known for the invention of the German mouth wash ‘Odol’ and the foundation of the Museum of Hygiene. (Anke)

Music Events in May – International Dixieland Festival and Dresden Music Festival

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

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The 41st International Dixieland Festival starts on May 17th. National and international Jazz musicians, bands and their music lovers meet in Dresden until May 22nd. Numerous concerts in different places in the city, as well as countless smaller and bigger events as the ‘Riverboat Shuffle’ on the paddle steamers of the Saxon Steamboat Company are offered. Bands will perform on eight stages between Dresden Main Station and Altmarkt Square the next day before the traditional final parade through the center attracts thousands of spectators on Sunday afternoon.

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Music in the city continues with the 34th Dresden Music Festival from May 18th – June 5th which is a continuation of the former festivals of the Saxon electors. This year’s motto is “Elements – Earth, fire, water, air und spirituality”. Visitors can expect many musical highlights e.g. from the Berlin and New York Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dresden Choir of the Holy Cross and more in different places as the Semper Opera House, the Frauenkirche, the Transparent Factory as well as open air on the Brühl’s Terrace. (Anke)

Pyro Games 2010 17th September to 9th October 2010

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

Following the exemplary success of the summer 2009 the Fireworks Festival “Pyro Games” goes also in 2010 in the next round. During forty unique events selected Pyro Designers will illuminate the evening sky and enthral with a especially for this night created musical. The Pyro Games are embedded in a gigantic framework program. In addition to the exceptional Pyro musicals the Berlin drum thunderstorm “stamping feet” is the main attraction of this evening. They mix the latest sounds of the charts with a drum performance, whereby objects of daily use such as bins, chain saws or angle grinders are transformed into the chief characters on the stage. Support comes from local talented bands as well as the Pyro Games DJ.
(K. Michael)


Sunday, November 8th, 2009

13th Festival For Computer Based Art Dresden

Blau in For all visitors of Dresden and our DresdenWalks guests as well, the festival for computer based art CYNEART takes place from 26th November to 6th December.

Within this event insights into the interdisciplinary and intercultural ways of thinking and working will be given. Furthermore new forms of cross-border communication and co-operation will be presented in the Festspielhaus Hellerau.

A multitude of events in the form of concerts, video and performance installations as well as computer games all aim to make the audience join in and experiment with the offered media environments for themselves.
(K. Michael)


The 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

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From 22nd October to 9th November 2009 the 13th Week of Yiddish Music und Theatre takes place in Dresden. It focuses on two areas: with concerts, exhibitions and many lectures, talks, guided tours and movies, Jewish life in East Germany and the changes due to the political turmoils of 1989/90 will be reflected. Take the opportunity to experience two weeks full of Yiddish music, literature and Yiddish theater in Dresden.
(K. Michael)


12th Middle-German Heinrich-Schütz-Days

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

From 2nd October to 1st November 2009 the 12th Middle-German Heinrich-Schütz-Days will offer you twenty events. Under the motto “Heinrich Schütz and Silesia” the famous German composer of the Early Baroque will be remembered in Weißefels, Bad Köstritz and Dresden.

Concerts and lectures take up a journey, which lead Schütz in 1621 together with prince elector Johann Georg I. to Breslau (Wroclaw). Detailed informations can be found on www.schuetztage.de

(K. Michael)

TonLagen (Pitches) – The Dresden Festival of Contemporary Music

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

The focus of the festival, which takes place from 1st to 17th October 2009, is the connection of contemporary music with different kinds of art: dance, performance, installation, new media, video art, film, theater, music theater. The progam ranges from pathbreaking compositions of New Music to the latest experiments of electronic music, sound-collages and sound-environments.

Also the peripheries of avant-garde rock music, productions of independent labels and experimental jazz are part of the program. These exciting, inspiring, enjoyable evenings at the Tonlagen-Festival in Hellerau, in the Volkswagen Transparent Manufacture, the Church of the Three Kings and the Academy of Music certainly offer something for you as well.

(K. Michael)


Dresden City Festival

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

From 14th to 16th August 2009 Dresden and its visitors celebrate by now the 11th Dresden City Festival. With up to half a million visitors and over ten thematically decorated festival venues as well diverse trade offers, the Dresden City Festival established itself as a fixed event and numbers amongst the biggest festivals in the new federal states. This year the attention is directed to “culture” and “classic”. As during the other years on Sunday evening a splendid fireworks will conclude the festival.
(Katharina Michael)

The BRN (Colourful Republic of Neustadt)

Friday, June 19th, 2009

is a 3-day event that occurs every year in June in Dresden’s Outer Neustadt.
It was founded in 1990 and originally the BRN was meant as a kind of a free anarchic state. In the first years it even had a “fun”-government and its own currency.
During the festival the streets are filled with vendors selling food and drinks, DJs playing music and live bands. It is attended by every age group and class of citizens.
(Astrid Brühl)