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,

    We would like to invite you to the international choir event Cantate Dresden, which will take place for the 7th time in 2019. It is already a tradition that every year choirs from different regions of Germany and different countries visit us in Dresden and in Saxony. Our hosting choirs and ourselves are looking forward to the many, different performances at the friendship concerts in  Dresden and the joint singing at the common concert in the Church of the Holy Cross (Kreuzkirche) Dresden, home of the world famous Kreuzchor.
    Dresden has been a cultural centre of Europe for many centuries. In addition to the baroque architecture and different cultural facilities, choirs are an integral part of musical creation. The three boys' choirs, the Dresdner Kreuzchor, the Dresdner Kapellknaben and the Knabenchor Dresden, as well as internationally renowned vocal ensembles such as the Auditiv Vocal or the Dresden Chamber Choir, testify to this. But also the over 30 amateur choirs of the Ostsächsischer Chorverband e.V., which are based in Dresden, represent an essential part of the common singing in large parts of the Dresden population. Correspondingly to this reason, Dresden applies for the title "European Capital of Culture" in 2025 beside two other Saxony cities.
    In recent years, reports were not solely positive about Dresden and its surrounding! Nonetheless, it remains a city with fantastic people who welcome guests from all parts of the world. Moreover, the Dresden choirs have always been wonderful hosts and are open to all forms of choral music and choral work. Especially at the farewell evening, when language barriers seem to be easier overcome and the moment can be treasured among all participants.
    Particularly in times like these, intercultural exchanges are more important than ever, for which Cantate Dresden has made its contribution for many years. Therefore, we look forward to your participation and especially to your songs.

    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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