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24 May - 13 June 2021, Dresden, Germany (10 performances rescheduled for 7 - 28 November, 2021)

About the Dresden Music Festival

The Dresden Music Festival is one of the largest and most highly acclaimed classical music festivals in Europe, presenting a high-level program of extraordinary density and variety every May and June.


In 2021, the festival program's focus lies more than ever on genre diversity and internationality. World-renowned orchestras like the Vienna Philharmonic under Daniel Harding, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under Fabio Luisi, or the London Symphony Orchestra under Sir Simon Rattle meet the protagonists of the singer/songwriter, jazz, rock, and world music scenes. Senegalese world musician Pape Diouf celebrates his German debut and American songwriter Aoife O'Donovan inaugurates the new festival format Music Lounge. In addition to jazz stars such as T. Brönner, T. Schilling, and chanson singer U. Lemper, the audience can look forward to celebrated soloists of the classical music world like pianist E. Ax, trumpet player S. Nakariakov, singer R. Mühlemann, violinist G. Shaham, cellist S. Isserlis, and pianist R. Buchbinder.

How to get there

Dresden is easily accessible by a number of cities by plane, train or car. The closest airport to Dresden is the International Airport Dresden. Line S2 runs every half hour from the airport to the main stations: Dresden-Neustadt and Dresden Hauptbahnhof. The journey to Dresden Hauptbahnhof takes 21 minutes, Dresden-Neustadt station can be reached in 14 minutes. Numerous streetcar and bus lines go from the stations into the city.

Local accommodation

You can find many beautiful hotels next to the venues in the city of Dresden, such as Motel One, Vienna House QF, Hyperion, Suitess… In May and June it is advisable to book in advance, as many guests stay in Dresden, especially during the weekends.

What can tourists visit nearby?

The baroque old town of Dresden is filled with historical gems on every corner. Tourists can visit Frauenkirche, Residenzschloss, Zwinger, Semperoper, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen (State Art Collections), and in the surrounding area Schloss Pillnitz, Schloss Moritzburg, Saxon Swizerland.

What type of programmes do you have?

Due to the Corona pandemic, the Dresden Music Festival 2021 will take place in a reduced form. From June 3 to 13, artists such as the Dresden Festival Orchestra, pianist Rudolf Buchbinder, Max Mutzke and the Vision String Quartet can be experienced in Dresden. The Senegalese musician Pape Diouf, for example, celebrates his German debut in the Junge Garde.

What are the venues like?

This year, most of the events of the Dresden Music Festival will take place open air, in the picturesque Stallhof of Dresden Castle. Other venues are the Kulturpalast and the Frauenkirche.

Dress code

It depends on the concert and the venue.

Food & Drink

Most of the venues will have catering with wine and snacks. Of course you will find restaurants in the city next to the famous venues like Semper Opera, Frauenkirche or Kulturpalast. Normally you do not need to book in advance.

Why should someone come to your festival?

Because of the atmosphere! Dresden is a very beautiful city, a real summer city with great cultural traditions, famous museums and exhibitions and beautiful architecture – during the Dresden Music Festival there is music everywhere in the city.

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Junge Garde
Löwensaal Dresden
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Palais im Großen Garten
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