Cultural Offerings in The Erzgebirge Holiday Region
“Erzgebirge Woodcarving Days” will be filled with the aroma of fresh wood. Half a year later, from September 18-20, 2010, the women lace-makers will show what artistic works can be created from filigreed thread at the 20th “Annaberg Lace-Making Days.”
All along, women held the (lace-making) threads in their hands while the men did wood carving. Twice a year, the Annaberg-Buchholzer Erzhammer transforms into the bastion of Erzgebirge handicraft. On March 6-7, 2010, the home of the 18th
“Thum Orchestra Days." From May 28-30, 2010 – always one week after Pentecost – this musical highlight will take place again and transform the small Erzgebirge town for the 20th time into the unofficial world capital of music. The highpoint of the festival is when all the musicians play an ensemble concert on the stage of the marquee tent.
When more than 10,000 visitors come to listen to more than 1,100 musicians from throughout Europe perform, then it must be the annual
Annaberger Kät, takes place 14 days after Pentecost and attracts sightseers and fun seekers. The Erzgebirge district capital is then transformed for an eventful week when thrills, delicious foods and entertainers of every kind rule the festival grounds at the foot of the Pöhlberg. As summer begins, the mood of the Erzgebirge residents becomes more celebratory – there are city festivals everywhere that invite you to “enjoy life.”
The largest folk festival in the Erzgebirge, the
breathtaking backdrop of the Greifensteine. Each summer from June to August, the area in front of the seven granite rocks is transformed into a stage for operettas, musical fairy tales, rock operas and adventure plays. In past performances, “Puss in Boots" has entertained families by sneaking across the stage, “The Three Musketeers” have fought, the “Gypsy Baron” has performed his magic and the “Witches” have indulged in evil mischief at night. Wait and see who will lure you into a magical world in 2010…
Outdoor theatre performances take place in front of the
"Traditional Handicraft Day." Then the filings fly, the wrought iron glows and skilled hands create magic with (scented) candles, wooden figures, bobbin lace-making, felt slippers, exquisite liqueurs and cards stamped with gold. There, curious visitors have the opportunity to look over the shoulder of the master craftsmen and to pepper them with questions or even to try their own hand at handicraft.
On the third Sunday in October, more than 150 master craftsmen open the doors and gates of their workshops throughout the Erzgebirge on