HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden

General information

Brief description of organisation

Hellerau Festival Theatre, built in 1911 as a school of Rhythmics, is today the location of HELLERAU – European Centre for the Arts, Dresden. 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 visual arts and new media, as well as a place for reflection on art and culture.

Brief description of residency program

The HELLERAU residency programme provides artists of various cultures, nationalities and genres (performing arts, music and the visual arts) with a place and time to do artistic research and develop new productions. The residency programme is open to professionals from Germany and abroad working in dance and performance, music and contemporary art.

By allowing them to use our studios free of charge and stay at our apartments, we offer the artists conditions in which they can go about their work without pressure. The fully equipped apartments make the ideal base and retreat for an intensive work process. The rehearsals studio on the top floor and our second studio on the nearby industrial estate allow their users to work intensely, without time restrictions. Being close to the other artists and cultural creatives at the Festival Theatre creates a varied flow of ideas and adds fresh impetus to their own artistic engagement. We support the artists during their residency thanks to our internal structures on every level (production, equipment, artistic direction).

Disciplines and media
  • Visual Art
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Music
  • New Media
Type of organisation
  • Part of a Governmental Institution

Residency conditions

Grants available

Once a year, there is an international call for a two-week autumn residency. Based on various criteria, artists are selected by the residency directors along with the programme directors (for the performing arts, music or special projects) and the Festival Theatre manager. As well as travel expenses and a daily allowance, the residency also involves additional financial support in the form of a scholarship.

Expenses paid by artist
  • Supplies
  • Food
  • Other
Application who/how

Open Call

Presentation of artists' work

Arranged on a case-by-case basis

Description of residency



  • Dance / Performance Practice Space
Number of studios


  • Private Apartment
Working language(s)
  • English
  • German
Other activities happening at the space
  • Workshops
  • Presentation
Contact information

HELLERAU - European Center for the Arts Dresden
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 56
01109 Dresden


Phone: 0049 (0)351 2646232

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