From May 8th to 16th 2010 its again time for the biggest Dixieland festival in the world. Dixieland is a style of Jazz which developed in New Orleans at the start of the 20th century. Dixieland jazz combined brass band marches, French Quadrillas, ragtime and blues with collective, polyphonic improvisation by trumpet (or cornet), trombone, and clarinet over a “rhythm section” of piano, guitar or banjo, drums, and a double bass or tuba.
Some of the highlights of the festival are the big steamboat parade on the river Elbe on May 12th, the big parade through the city center on May 16th and a big gala on May 15th. Many concerts just happen on the streets in the city center, those ones are free. The better concerts will take place in clubs and tickets should be bought well in advance.
Its a big event in Dresden, so if it happens that you visit our town on those dates you can’t escape. You will see plenty of old man drinking beer and listening to this kind of music on the road. For those who doesn’t like the music its a curiosity, for the others it will be a remarkable experience.
This movie will give you a picture of the event: