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Spectra AV Night at the DAVE Festival 2015 © DAVE-Festival
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Soundwaves from Baroque to techno

From Schütz and Bach, the stars of Baroque music, to modern electro music: let the soundwaves carry you through late summer in Dresden at the award-winning DAVE festival (the Dresden Audio Visual Experience), the Bachfest Dresden, the Heinrich Schütz Music Festival or the Jazztagen Dresden. Time will fly until the Kraftwerk Mitte opens in Dresden at the end of the year, and the Kulturpalast in April 2017, the icing on the cake for Dresden's musical attractions.


  • At DAVE, Dresden Audio Visual Experience musicians, producers, bookers, label owners, club operators and journalists come together to promote electronic music in Dresden, with great success: this year the festival was awarded the City of Dresden's €5,000 prize for talented new musicians. Visitors to the third festival, from 14 to 23 October 2016, will come across concerts, workshops, discussions and special performances. For the first time, the event will centre around an international artist in residence, Cio'Dor, and a local artist in focus, Jari van Gohl.
  • The sound of Bach in every corner of the city: that is the dream of the organiser of the 91st Bach Festival run by the Neue Bachgesellschaft – a festival which will be held in Dresden for the second time this year. From 23 September to 3 October 2016, roughly 70 events at 24 different venues will be dedicated to the great composer, who in 1736 gave a concert at the Silbermann organ in the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), then just completed. The highlights are the “Mass in B Minor” sung by the Dresdner Kreuzchor and the choir of the Akademie für Alte Musik in Berlin (25.9) and the opening night (23.9). The latter pays tribute to Bach with music, performances, improvisation, dance, solos and a choir. This year there will be a new feature: the “Bachbörse” (a “Bach Exchange”), which will involve musicians, from students to international stars, putting forward their Bach programmes to be booked by individuals or companies. This is the organisers' way of commemorating the wonderful tradition of music-making at home in Bach's family, and encouraging direct contact between the public and the artists.
  • Traditionally, Dresden's autumn music events include Heinrich Schütz, the “Father of German Music”. This year the Heinrich Schütz Music Festival will be taking its visitors on a musical world trip on the theme of “The Beholding of Far-Away Lands”. The artists in residence, lute player Christina Pluhar and her ensemble L'Arpeggiata, will be appearing on 9 October in the Kleines Haus theatre in Dresden.
  • And if you would like to keep revelling in musical ecstasy, the SongSlam on 15 September in GrooveStation pits songwriters of various genes against one another. The audience decides who will win the cup made of Elbe sandstone. From 19 to 29 October 2016, the Tonlagen festival in Hellerau Festival Theatre invites the public to view concerts, musical theatre, performances, installations and exhibitions. Jazztage Dresden from 4 to 13 November is one of the best-established jazz festivals in Europe, featuring a broad range of artists from Max Mutzke to the Yo Jazz Big Band. In Kraftwerk Mitte Dresden the countdown is currently on for the opening of Dresden State Operetta and the theatre junge generation. On top of this, ticket sales are due to start in October for the concerts of the Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra in the Kulturpalast.