Czech-German Culture Days
The Czech-German Culture Days were brought into being in 1999 by the Dresden-based Brücke/Most Foundation, back then as the Czech Culture Days, with no German contribution. Then as now, the aim was to make the people in Saxony more familiar with their Czech neighbors through art and culture, to gradually blur the border in their minds, to make the border region tangible as a common home.
In 2006 the festival was expanded to include a part in the Czech Republic for the first time in order to bring people closer to their neighbors in Saxony. Since then, this part of the festival has been organized by the Collegium Bohemicum in Ústí nad Labem.
For 19 years, the Brücke/Most Foundation organized a festival every year, which soon developed into the largest presentation of Czech culture abroad. Unfortunately, they had to give up in 2017 because the long-term low-interest rate policy had caused the foundation's income - like many other foundations - to shrink so much that it was no longer possible to organize the festival. The Elbe/Labe Euroregion agreed to take over the organization of the Czech-German cultural days in the future. Even if we didn't have much experience as a cultural organizer, it was important to us not to let this wonderful and traditional festival disappear.
The festival always takes place in autumn, depending on the location of the autumn holidays either in the first half of October or from the end of October to the beginning of November. Over a period of just over two weeks, around 70 events in a wide variety of genres are offered each year. In recent years these have taken place more and more outside the bigger cities of Dresden and Ústí nad Labem in order to carry the mission of the Czech-German cultural days as far as possible into the border region.