Through the last century the Saxonian metropolis has developed to one of Germany's most attractive cities. The old towns preserved buildings, the famous rebuilt “Frauenkirche” (Church of Our Lady), the pedestrian zones on both river banks, and a diverse food service industry attracts thousands of tourists and visitors daily from around the world. From the 13th century on, the city became an electoral and later a royal residence of the republic of Saxony. Today, the city is not only the states capital but also its cultural, academic and economic centre of the region.

After the disastrous destruction during world war II, the city passed through many years of rebuilding and refurnishing with the highlight of a fully reconstructed ”Frauenkirche” (Church of Our Lady) which opened its gates again in 2005 and which is the place for short performances during the festival.

Choirs from different nations meet at friendship concerts in and around Dresden on Friday and at a common concert with all participants, which is the musically highlight of these days. At the end of the common concert, all choirs sing a special composition with the name “Cantate Dresden” which has been composed especially for this choir festival. The evening is planned with a Saxonian dinner with all choirs.

Cantate Dresden | Germany

October 31-November 3, 2019 | October 29-November 1, 2020

For all  types of choirs | Organized since 2013
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Patron: Dr. Matthias Rößler, President of the Saxon State Parliament
  • Greeting from the East Saxony Choir Union
    Dear Singers, dear choirmasters, dear guests,

    In 2018, the international choir meeting Cantate Dresden will take place for the 6th time and it has been since years an integral part of the calendar of events of the Choral Society of East Saxony (Ostsächsischer Chorverband e.V.) and the Dresden choir scene. Over the years, many choirs from near and far have participated in this event and we have been able to enjoy great friendship concerts and inspirational common concerts. We are happy to continue as a part of this tradition.

    In the current times of alienation it is especially for Dresden an essential part of the cultural creation, which makes possible an exchange between different countries across all cultural and social differences. Singers of a choir are never perceived as foreign. In this respect we would like to invite you to Dresden. Our Dresden choirs have always been good hosts and are open to all forms of choral music and choral work. Latest at the farewell dinner, all language barriers are easily overcome and it counts the here and now.

    The city center of Dresden with its buildings, such as the castle, the Zwinger or the Semperoper, built and rebuilt over centuries by craftsmen of various nations, also shows that something remarkable can emerge from intercultural exchange. The most internationally famous building is probably the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), thanks to international donations it can now be seen from far again. And I am particularly pleased that every choir of the festival can present a short program in the Frauenkirche.

    I look forward to your visit and your songs
    Andreas Hauffe, President of the Choral Society of East Saxony (Ostsächsischer Chorverband e.V.)

  • Itinerary:

    Each choir will get an individual itinerary - here you see an example:

    Itinerary 4 days:

    Day 1 (Thursday): Arrival and dinner.

    Day 2 (Friday): In the morning guided tour in Dresden and short performance in the Church of our Lady (Frauenkirche). Free for shopping and in the afternoon or evening friendship concert.

    Day 3 (Saturday): In the morning guided tour e.g. to Meißen. In the afternoon common concert of all choirs, followed by an optional Saxonian farewell-dinner.

    Day 4 (Sunday): Church service and departure.


  • Way there:
    By private coach:
    The coach must be available for all necessary transfers at the event. At the short stay with arrival at Friday the evening transfers can be done by public transport.
    By train or intercity coach:
    Possible. For the transfers to the concerts no coach rental is available, as the public transport can be used.
    By plane:
    The next airports are Dresden (DRS) or Prague (PRG) or Berlin (SFX/BER).  Local transport for all transfers can be arranged by music&friends. At the page “service” you can find some remarks regarding flight bookings and some links to  airlines; please note that they might change flight destinations during  the year.
  • Short program / Extensions:
    Short stay:
    With only 2 nights in Dresden, the possibilities for individual sights and the number of performances are very limited. To perform in the Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), the arrival must be latest on Friday morning.  Time for addional guided tours (e.g. Semper Opera or the atelier of meissner Porcellan is not possible within the short stay.
    Choirs with a longer stay (e.g. from Overseas) may choose several extensions, offered by music&friends: Extensions with accommodation, guided tours and concerts in Prague, Berlin or other cities in Bohemia or Germany.
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