810 years and still no signs of settling down! From August 19-21, 2016, Dresden will be celebrating its birthday with CANALETTO – the Dresden city festival. True to the motto “Dresden. Celebrating together”, the city will be staging a particularly festive show this year at Germany’s biggest city festival – for more than one reason! Several anniversaries are coming up: 180 years of the Saxon Steamship Company, 125 years of Dresden City Museum and, of course, 800 years of Dresdner Kreuzchor.
In 2016 there will again be a varied program at CANALETTO in 15 locations and on nine stages, with music, shows, theatre, family activities, sports, food and drinks such as street food at FOODCLUB.44 or the tastes of the Caribbean in Chiaverigasse, a mediaeval show on the Königsufer and fun and games for all the family on Altmarkt square.
Events will start and finish with Dresdner Kreuzchor and Dresden Kreuzkirche (Church of the Holy Cross), which celebrate their 800th anniversary this year. On Friday evening, visitors can get in the swing for the party weekend at an open-air concert by the world-famous boys’ choir on Theaterplatz square. The “Kreuzgang”, a historical procession from Theaterplatz via Postplatz to Altmarkt square and the Kreuzkirche, will really set the tone for the anniversary.
Meanwhile there will be puffing and piping on the banks of the river Elbe at Terrassenufer at the traditional Steamship Festival, with the big steamship parade past Terrassenufer as highlight on Saturday. This also celebrates another anniversary: 180 years of passenger ships in Dresden.
And the City Museum is celebrating too: “We remember. 125 years of Dresden City Museum” is the special exhibition marking the anniversary of the museum at Pirnaischer Platz, which will remain open during the city festival from 10 am to 7 pm on Friday and 10 am to 6 pm at the weekend.
The weekend will be rounded off by a firework display on Sunday evening. Further details on the entire city festival program will be displayed on the CANALETTO website from June.
For more, visit www.dresden.de
Courtesy Dresden Marketing Board.