Hellerau - European Center for the Arts Dresden has set the ambitious aim of becoming one of the most important centres of contemporary arts in Germany and in Europe.

Contemporary dance and contemporary music are focal points for Hellerau, as is modern forms of theatre. As a centre for the contemporary fine arts, Hellerau calls itself a "laboratory of the Modern Age".


(Objekt ID 3890)
Object type Organization
Also known as European Center for the Arts Dresden
Organization type Programming, Producing, Artists’ centre, District institution, Resource centre
Main focus Dance, Music, Theatre

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Address Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56, 01109 Dresden, Germany

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Hellerau Festival Theatre is the building complex of the Hellerau - European Center for the Arts Dresden.

Hellerau has long traditions. More than a century ago, Europe's intellectual elite came to the legendary summer festivals held by the great reformer Émile Jaques-Dalcroze's Rhythmics school, wanting to develop new means and ways of connecting life, work and art.

The outbreak of the First World War put an abrupt end to Hellerau's first golden age, yet the legend of Hellerau lived on, surviving both its use as a military base and academy in the 1930s and its occupation by the Soviet army between 1945 and 1991.

After the army moved out, the people of Hellerau and Dresden reclaimed the grounds of the Festival Theatre with art projects and forms of cultural occupation, turning it into a place for the cultural Modern Age.

Since April 2009 performances have again been held at the Festival Theatre all year round.


Hellerau, hellerau.org, 06.03.2012, http://www.hellerau.org/english/hellerau/