Since 1971 this annually organized festival has developed into an internationally radiating cultural event of Saxony. Up to 500,000 Dixieland fans turn Dresden into the European capital of Dixieland every year during the festival days in May. Since then over millions of visitors have experienced more than 800 bands with 6,358 jazz musicians from 32 countries from 4 continents for over 5,645 hours of hot rhythms live. Countless accreditations of journalists, photo reporters and agencies from Europe, Asia, North and South America and Australia reported on the festival worldwide.
The traditional Jazz Mile will open at 10 a.m. Saturday with Dixieland sounds. In the following hours, events will be presented on the eight stages between the main station and Altmarkt from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with different focuses.
Dresden is the capital city of the German state of Saxony and its second most populous city, after Leipzig. Dresden's urban area comprises the towns of Freital, Pirna, Radebeul, Coswig and Heidenau and has around 790,000 inhabitants.
Dresden is the second-largest city on the River Elbe after Hamburg. Most of the city's population lives in the Elbe Valley, but a large, albeit very sparsely populated area of the city east of the Elbe lies in the West Lusatian Hill Country and Uplands (the westernmost part of the Sudetes) and thus in Lusatia, while many boroughs west of the Elbe lie in the foreland of the Ore Mountains as well as in the valleys of the rivers rising there and flowing through Dresden, the longest of which are the Weißeritz and the Lockwitzbach.
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