Landeshauptstadt Dresden - 22.01.2018 13:31:59 Uhr 30.06.2022 10:15:33 Uhr
Finest cuisine and fearless acrobats: yours to enjoy at the Sarrasani shows in Dresden.
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Harry Potter meets world-class orchestra

The people of Dresden know how to make the very best of those long winter nights. By visiting one of the city’s theatres, for example. From classical dramas to modern experimental works, there is always something for everyone. Three of Dresden’s more important theatres also have new artistic directors.


  • The cultural events in the recently re-opened Dresdner Kulturpalast will appeal to a wide range of interests. The concert in the concert hall on 3 and 4 February by the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra will make Harry Potter fans happy. The world-class orchestra will let “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” ring out: three showings of the film will be accompanied live by the Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Justin Freer. If you enjoy intelligent political cabaret and biting sarcasm then “Die Herkuleskeule” cabaret is for you: for example, the programme “Leise flehen meine Glieder” (Quietly my extremities are pleading) on 21 and 22 February. In the main branch of the Dresden Municipal Libraries, which is also located in the Kulturpalast, there are regular readings with famous authors. On 25 January, the author Jana Hensel will be presenting her new book “Keinland”.
  • Rousing operettas and lively musicals are on the programme at the Dresden State Operetta. A new production of Paul Lincke’s operetta “Frau Luna” premiers in “Kraftwerk Mitte” at Germany’s only independent operetta theatre. Further performances are scheduled for 4 February and from 8 till 11 February.
  • Stars of the art of acrobatics will be appearing till 4 February in “Sarrasani’s” André Sarrasani, from the famous Dresden circus dynasty, has created a new show in which acrobats from around the world present astounding feats of acrobatic artistry. In “Elements III” the artists play with the elements of water, fire and air.
  • The Hellerau Festival Theatre has made European cultural history. Founded in 1911 as the cultural centre of Gartenstadt Hellerau, the theatre attracted the greats of European culture. After a chequered history, it is once again a magnet for artists and audiences from around the world. Dance companies from around the world can be seen in the “Europäischen Zentrum der Künste Dresden” (European Centre for the Arts Dresden). The “Dresden Frankfurt Dance Company, founded by the choreographer William Forsythe, has its home base in the festival theatre. On 21 February they will be presenting the world premier of their new two-part production. Further performances are planned till some time in March. And if you are there, why not go out and discover the fascinating history of Hellerau, Germany’s first garden city, and its festival theatre, by taking a guided tour as offered, for example, by “igeltour Dresden”.