The hillside along the river Elbe is famous for its beauty and every year there’s a street festival to celebrate this special cultural landscape – the Elbhangfest.
The tradition of the Elbhangfest began in 1990 as a charity event for the church in the vineyard of Pillnitz and the restauration of the church in Loschwitz. However, the first grand festivities took place about 300 years ago: August the Strong then ordered his master builder Pöppelmann to expand the manor of Pillnitz and create a castle complex that would suit August’s lavish celebrations.
Now, on the last weekend in June, the people living between Loschwitz and Pillnitz turn their streets and parks and village squares into one huge fairground with lots to see and experience. The unique landscape of the hillsides and the river itself form a beautiful backdrop to various concerts, parades, plays, dance performances, exhibits, lectures and tours. There are of course also special events for children, which make the Elbhangfest a great experience for the whole family.
During the Elbhangfest, there’s also the famous Dragon Boat Cup (have a look at our report on last year’s race). The Welcome Center team and its international friends participated last year and will do so this year as well.
This year, on the occasion of the 400th death anniversary of William Shakespeare, the Elbhangfest will focus on everything connected to Great Britain and will introduce you to lots of culinary and artistic specialties. Taking place from 24 June – 26 June 2016, the festival’s motto is the best invitation: “Come together”!
Text: S. Schückel