HELLERAU – Europäisches Zentrum der Kunste Dresden (DE)

EDN membership

Full member. Founding member of the association in May 2009

Year of foundation


Artistic director

Dieter Jaenicke

Guiding principles

HELLERAU -European Centre for the Arts, is a place where people experiment with art, test out art, present art. In all these enterprises, contemporary dance has top priority.  HELLERAU is a lively interdisciplinary arts centre: one that is provocative, radical, global, European and situated at the geopolitical point where East meets West.

A working environment for the arts, a site for intercultural and interdisciplinary exchange; a place where the arts develop, are created and displayed, but also a place for reflection, contemplation and looking ahead.


Hellerau Festival Theatre, built in 1911 as a school of Rhythmics, is today the location of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. Following an eventful history – in the 1930s it served as a military camp; later the Soviet army used it as its barracks between 1945 and 1991.  In the 1990s, 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.

HELLERAU has since become one of the most important interdisciplinary centres for contemporary arts in Germany. It is home to contemporary dance, musical theatre, contemporary classical music, theatre, performance art, the fine arts and new media, as well as a place for reflection on art and culture. 
The internationally renowned Forsythe Company has been the company in residence here since 2005. Since April 2009 performances have again been held at the Festival Theatre all year round.

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Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 56
01109 Dresden
Tel: +49 351 88 93 884