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Dresden is brimming with world-class cultural events. Come on by for a year full of highlights! © SemperOpernball/Flechtner
© SemperOpernball/Flechtner

A year in Dresden – an endless bouquet of cultural delights

New venues, new theatres, a slew of opening nights, beloved events and festivals: Dresden invites you to come and enjoy these wonderful cultural pleasures. We will give you a quick overview of the year's highlights – and then it is your turn to come and rediscover the beauty of Dresden!


  • New cultural delights: The Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden, which opened its doors in December of last year and the Dresdner Kulturpalast, which is opening its doors on 28 April 2017, now give Dresden two new major cultural centres. People who love music, theatre and cabaret will revel in the new Staatsoperette Dresden (Dresden State Operetta), tjg. theater junge generation (young generation theatre), Dresdner Philharmonie (Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra) and the Herkuleskeule cabaret. The Residenzschloss (Royal Palace) is also splendidly ornate and festive. The re-opening of the Renaissance wing of the palace in April 2017, with the attendant exhibition »Wissen und Macht um 1600« (»Knowledge and power around 1600«) completes the in-depth look at the renaissance era in Dresden and Saxony. Two new permanent exhibitions with valuable ornamental weapons, royal clothes and unique objects present a fascinating picture of the century of the Reformation and the Renaissance and celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.
  • Fantastic musical delights: there is a rousing start to the musical year in and in front of the Semperoper (Semper Opera) on 3 February with the Semper Opera Ball and the Semper Open-air Ball which takes place on Theaterplatz. A first for the city is the Mozart festival Mozart-Tage from 14 to 28 April. The festival celebrates this unique composer with a series of concerts, operas and plays. If your taste goes more towards blues, boogie and swing, both traditional and new interpretations can be heard at the International Dixieland Festival taking place from 14 to 21 May in venues as diverse as the »Großer Garten« park, on the river Elbe or on the streets of the city. The 40th Dresdner Musikfestspiele (Dresden Music Festival) will be jubilantly celebrating the theme of »Light« from 18 May until 18 June, with magnificent orchestras and fantastic soloists. The extensive work of Johann Sebastian Bach will be showcased at the Frauenkirchen-Bachtage from 23 September until 7 October. Bach dedicated his Mass in B-minor to the Saxon Prince Friedrich August II., who in turn gave him the title of »Court Composer«. This masterpiece can be heard on 3 October in the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady). This year the Heinrich Schütz Musikfest focuses on the reformer Martin Luther. Taking place from 6 to 15 October, the concerts will all be dedicated to the motto »For the love of truth – Re-Formation«. At the 17th Jazztage Dresden international artists will be entertaining visitors from 4 to 13 November at 19 different venues throughout the city – a colourful explosion of jazz, swing and blues.
  • Kaleidoscopic culture delights: cabaret, theatre and alternative art are a firmly established part of cultural life in Dresden and attract more and more visitors every year. The festival of humour »Humorzone Dresden« which takes place from 8 to 12 March is sure to have the audience rolling in the aisles. A contemporary theatre event which is known for being critical of the times is szene:EUROPA which takes place from 8 to 17 June. The 10th anniversary of this international festival will present plays, readings, films and performances at various venues around the city. So much more than just graffiti, art lovers will enjoy the urban art on display during LackStreicheKleber from 1 to 12 August.
  • Open air delights: 26 June is the starting date for the Filmnächte am Elbufer (Film Nights on the Banks of the Elbe) with blockbusters, concerts and readings. The Scheune Schaubuden Sommer in Dresden Neustadt is the place to go for literature, music and cabaret in July. And of course Dresden will be celebrating its famous city festival CANALETTO. From 18 to 20 August the city changes into one huge festival with various festive experience sites stretching from Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden through the downtown core all the way to Neumarkt. The grand celebration for the anniversary of the Reformation, taking place on 31 October in front of the Frauenkirche Dresden (Church of Our Lady) is the crowning finale to the open-air season in the state capital.

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