Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 04.09.2017 15:00:21 Uhr 28.11.2022 18:26:35 Uhr
The Dresden Festival DAVE mixes partying and knowledge transfer, clubbing culture with the fine arts
© DAVE – Dresden Audio Visual Experience

Dresden’s art scene, seen in a different light

“See things in a different light”: the people of Dresden know that changing your perspective can lead to new, interesting and important revelations – in science, art and society. The focus here is on communication and the discovery of cultural plurality. And “a different light” should sometimes be taken literally: this fall for example at the Dresden Night of Museums or under the mirror balls of the Dresden clubs at the Club Culture Festival “DAVE”.


  • Once a year Dresden’s Museums show their treasures at an unusual time. On 16 September, at the Museumsnacht Dresden (Dresden Night of Museums), visitors can visit 50 different museums, large and small, until 1 o’clock in the morning. From the famous art galleries to the Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden, the School Museum, the Tram Museum or the Technical Collections. On this night the curators display the best pieces from their collections in an unusual way and show new ones too. Country music goes along with historic vehicles in the Transport Museum, nude drawing between valuable sculptures in the Albertinum, a guided tour through the newly opened Renaissance wing of the Royal Palace under the motto “Dawn of a new Era”: the Dresden Night of Museums gives you the chance to discover the arts, history and technology from antiquity to modern times.
  • Why is the Deutsches Hygiene Museum Dresden also known as the “Museum of Mankind”? Because the themes of its exhibitions are as diverse and surprising as human life itself. Because the visitors are specifically asked to follow their human and scientific curiosity. Will the new special exhibition get same kind of great reviews that the entire museum did just recently at the “Museums-Check” with the renowned Dresden cabaret artist Anna Mateur and broadcast by the art radio station 3sat? The exhibition, with the title „Das Gesicht. Eine Spurensuche“ (“THE FACE. A Search for Clues.”) asks how the face influences your perception of yourself and of others, your actions and the actions of others. Answers can be found in science and art.
  • Art and science are also united in the stock of books of the city libraries! (Städtische Bibliotheken Dresden [Dresden Municipal Libraries]). The institution – one of the largest and most frequented city libraries in Germany – has its new main location in the freshly renovated Kulturpalast Dresden at Altmarkt. It is a paradise of books with a panoramic view of the city centre – and with a varied programme of events. Renowned authors regularly come by for readings: this fall that includes authors such as Rafik Schami (22.9.), Marc Uwe Kling (25.9.) and Ingo Schulze (27.9.).
  • The Dresden festival DAVE, short for “Dresden Audio Visual Experience” aims to combine party-, culture- and knowledge-transfer. The festival’s programme, which runs from 20 to 29 October, is organised by members of the Dresden clubbing scene, who prove that the so-called sub-culture with its electronic music and dedication to partying is also a form of culture. The festival takes place in various clubs, cinemas and museums in the city. It offers a mix of DJ sets, concerts, lectures and workshops. Dresden’s clubs are partying, and they invite you to party with them and gather knowledge as well.