Dresden is a paradise for culture lovers. We would like to give you a small overview of our favourite theatres and music venues. Young or old, big or small, there is something for everyone.

Semper Opera

theater in the town centre

The most famous theatre is certainly the Semperoper. The Semper Opera House is named after the famous architect Gottfried Semper, who designed the building in neo-Renaissance style with neo-Baroque influences, and is located on Theaterplatz. The theatre houses both the Saxon State Opera Dresden and the Saxon State Orchestra Dresden, one of the most famous orchestras in Germany. Here you can experience top-class opera, ballet and concert performances in one of the most famous venues in the world.

Other famous theatres in Dresden are: Staatschauspielhaus (large one on Postplatz, small one in Neustadt), Theaterkahn, Kraftwerk Mitte with Theater der Jungen Generation and Staatsoperette (the only theatre in Germany entirely dedicated to operettas), Comödie Dresden, Dresdner FriedrichstaTT Palast (cabaret, music), Boulevardtheater, Kulturpalast with cabaret Herkuleskeule, the Philharmonie and the public library.

other venues in the Old Town

A variety of concerts take place in the Frauenkirche, Dresden's landmark. In 2005, the year of the consecration, the then newly appointed Frauenkirche cantor Matthias Grünert founded two choirs, and an instrumental ensemble, in order to be able to shape the church's musical life in a multi-faceted way, and to give the Frauenkirche its own sound. In the meantime, these three ensembles have made a significant contribution to the sound of the Frauenkirche.

Those who prefer to enjoy cinema in a smaller venue will find exactly what they are looking for at the Zentralkino in the Kraftwerk Mitte. Old and new films are screened in a cosy atmosphere.

Stages on the Neustadt side

Once again we cross the river and head north to find the alternative stages: Travesty Revue "Carte Blanche" , cinema Thalia, cinema Schauburg (movies, short film festival, poetry slams, readings etc.), Kunstgehæuse (smallest gallery in the city), Kunsthofpassage (can of course be mentioned in many places, but for me it belongs to culture), Kunsthaus (near the Golden Rider, contemporary art).

Of particular interest is the Societaetstheater, which is the oldest popular theatre in Dresden. Founded in 1776 as an amateur theatre by a society of friends from the nobility and bourgeoisie, it was initially prestigious and influential, but declined in the early 19th century following the turn to elaborate historical and verse dramas and the increasing importance of the national theatre movement, and was finally dissolved in 1832. The baroque building on the main street in the Inner New Town stood empty for many years in the second half of the 20th century, but from 1979 a movement arose to restore the building. The theatre was reopened in 1999 and is now run by the city.

Festspielhaus Hellerau
Festspielhaus Hellerau

World-class and alternative culture

One of our absolute favourites is the Festspielhaus Hellerau, (easily accessible from the hostels Lollis Homestay and hostel Mondpalast by tram line 8) as it not only offers theatre, ballet and music performances and exhibitions of contemporary dance and art, but - like so many other Dresden institutions - has an exciting history.

However, Dresden is not only made up of large and well-known cultural institutions. Our city is particularly characterised by the seemingly endless small stages and their showmen, who with a lot of heart make our city so lively. If you are interested in theatre subculture, the best place to find information is on the individual websites:
Project Theatre, Theatrical Subversion, Zentralwerk Pieschen.

Let yourself be inspired and enjoy the diverse cultural offerings of our city!

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