Dresdner Nachbarschaften

Neighbourhoods are everywhere - we are right in the middle of it. With district walks, conversations in the green, creative workshops, exhibitions and much more.
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Come along and bring your neighbours and families! For example at one of the next events!

The complete programme with all events from May to December 2023 can be found in the overview below.


Between high-rise buildings and villas, between parks and gardens, on the asphalt of the streets and on the trampling paths through the neighbourhood, we were out and about and met an incredible number of people who are committed to shaping coexistence in the neighbourhood.

We wanted to know: Who are these people?

There were the lone warriors who organised a backyard party, large associations that initiate long-term projects and create entire neighbourhood houses, but also the small initiatives that would like to see more people join in and still do great things. We got to know people who are handing over the baton to younger people after many years of commitment. And we met young people who are starting projects full of enthusiasm. And even those who haven’t lived here that long are busy helping to shape things. From Café Halva to the Ukrainian sewing café group, you can discover exciting projects on both sides of the Elbe.

Dresdner Nachbarschaften – visible, connected, engaged! – 2023

Would you like to display copies of the Nachbarschaften brochure in your organisation or district? Then contact us – at info@kulturaktiv.org or 0351 811 37 55 – and we will be happy to send you more brochures.

District walks

Only those who move can change their point of view or perspective – in space and in the mind! That’s exactly why we set off on foot through different districts of Dresden. Sometimes it can be a tour of the district’s history, other times we get to know people and their everyday lives on the spot or discover well-known and lesser-known places just around the corner. Let us surprise you!

The tours through the district end in a community garden, at neighbourhood initiatives or other public places that stand for “togetherness”. Here you can linger and chat and talk even more, because there are already …

… Conversations in the green

There are many meeting places, small groups, social and cultural institutions and many other places where community and commitment take place in and for the district! So we want to stop off at exactly these liveable and lovable fixed points in the neighbourhood to get to know the places better. Snacks and drinks will be provided, because coffee, cake, etc. are the best way to share stories, experiences, memories, hopes and expectations!

Workshop series “My Neighbourhood”

In all-day workshops, individual “city views” are created: on a base area (approx. A4 size), a personal “city object” is designed, put together, rearranged. The material basis is old packaging (tetra-paks, cans, etc.), which is redesigned according to the upcycling principle. The focus is always on one’s own neighbourhood and personal living environment. Do I feel good in my neighbourhood? If so, what is special about it? If not, what does my dream neighbourhood look like? So in the workshops you can deal intensively with topics from your own life and the other stories from the group.

And the best thing is: the finished houses, facades, squares etc. don’t just stay to themselves. The participants put theirs together into a common “city view” and present it at the end of the year as a central object at a public …

Exhibition and closing party

Here you can discover not only the “city view”, but also a selection of texts and pictures that take a look at Dresden’s neighbourhoods with all their people, initiatives and districts.

That was by no means all!

You can be sure: there will be many more highlights in the course of the year. So keep an eye on our calendar of events or check out Instagram and Facebook: we’ll keep you up to date under #DresdnerNachbarschaften2023!

All events

This is what it looks like! Impressions from Dresdner Nachbarschaften

Here you can find out more about associations, committed people and initiatives that we have had the pleasure of visiting or that we have discovered for the first time. Who is behind the many meeting places in the city districts? And what actually happened at all our events?

  • Zuhören, empathisch sein, Hilfe anbietenListen, empathise, offer help

    Zuhören, empathisch sein, Hilfe anbietenListen, empathise, offer help

    Text: Rosa Hauch · Photo: Yvonn Spauschus The qualified architect has been involved in a number of major projects and can deal professionally with project horizons of several years. For Jan, lifelong learning is simply part of the job. Temporary projects and interventions are often planned and realised for a short period of time. Social…

  • Greetings and good health. News from the silken river

    Greetings and good health. News from the silken river

    text: Falk Goernert Once upon a time, a very long time ago, there was a river called Elv or Labe. People flocked from near and far to settle on its banks. The first settlements were established, first on one side of the river and then on the other. Over the following centuries, more and more…

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    smaps/place/dresden/@51.0677021… filzstift/street/view

    An experience in felt-tip pen territory: three Kapa plates and a hidden object picture are created on a September afternoon in a Neustadt backyard.

What neighbors told us!

Here you can get to know people from different neighborhoods that we have met at our events. What moves them? What can a good neighborhood look like? Or what do they miss?

  • null bis hundert eG Generationenwohnen - Dresdner Nachbarschaften © Y. Spauschus

    Constanze and Andreas

    “Why are we members of null bis hundert eG? We would like to see the first offers for multigenerational living for people in the city of Dresden and that is why we are involved in the cooperative in making this wish come true.”

  • Treffpunkt Prohlis - Dresdner Nachbarschaften © Y. Spauschus

    Monika, Mona and Amal

    Monika is no longer good on her feet, but Amal and Mona are. The two women support the mobile shopping cart for elderly and disabled people every week. It makes its weekly tours in Prohlis and Pieschen. Mona comes from Syria and Amal from Lebanon. The two women have been looking for and found a…

  • Andt - Dresdner Nachbarschaften © Y. Spauschus


    “I wanted to help and I still want to.” Every Wednesday you can meet Maria at the women’s meeting place. When her husband was still mobile, he accompanied her and gave chess classes for the newly moved Prohlis residents. “The biggest help is when you listen to people and do something together with them. That’s…


Nadine Wölk · workshop leader

“Do I know my neighbors? Ein, zwei, drei mit Namen. Da klingle ich auch, wenn ich beim Einkaufen etwas vergessen habe. Ob die anderen Nachbarn mich kennen? Keine Ahnung. But as far as I know myself, I’m always happy about a friendly hello. In this sense: hello dear neighbors!”

Nadine Wölk, born in 1979 in Thuringia, has lived and worked in Dresden for 20 years. She studied graphic design in Munich as well as painting and graphics. She works as a freelance graphic designer, artist and freelance lecturer.

A volcano of creativity and a quiet flow of concentrated work – Nadine has all this to offer not only to the participants of the workshops.

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Moussa Mbarek · workshop leader

“In all the places I’ve lived in Dresden, unfortunately, I haven’t known my neighbors. If you weren’t born here, it’s hard to get into conversation with neighbors. Encounters are brief and everyone quickly closes the door. That was different in my old home.”

Moussa Mbarek, born in the Libyan Sahara, has lived in Dresden since 2015. Since then, he has worked as an art caster and is involved in the artistic field of migration work.

What you can do with you can do with screen printing! After initial scepticism, enthusiasm follows. The children and adults in Moussa’s workshops don’t want to stop.

Yulia Vishnichenko · workshop leader

Yulia was born in Kazakhstan and has lived in Dresden for years. Since her childhood, she has been very drawn to art. Her interest in history and the desire to create something with her hands inevitably led her to study fine arts. Since then she has worked mainly with children and young people.

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Nazanin Zandi · workshop leader

Nazanin was born in Kerman (Iran) and grew up in Florence (Italy). She studied architecture in Paris and Dresden and has lived here since 1996. Since 1999 she has been working as a freelance painter, illustrator, curator, art course instructor and graphic designer. She has curated major exhibitions and exhibited her work internationally. Since childhood she wanted to be an artist, so she opened a studio in 2011 via detours. Since 2013, she has initiated and led numerous socio-political-cultural projects with refugees, migrants and Germans. She wants to promote social conversation through her art. Since 2016, she has been giving weekly creative courses throughout the city to break down prejudices and support democratic thinking. Her current area of work is biographical comics. She speaks seven languages.

Rosa Brockelt · moderation and documentation

“I grew up in Italy, in the middle of the forest in the western Alps. It’s beautiful there, but at that time there were no other children living nearby and even the village was only accessible by car. That’s probably why in the cities I lived in – Turin, Isfahan and Dresden – neighborhood networking was always very important to me. I love running into friends and acquaintances in the neighborhood and having a quick chat with the baker, the Späti owner and the café owner.”

Rosa taught German as a foreign language, supervised prospective refugee students at the TU Dresden, and was and is active in various art and cultural projects. She draws everywhere, really.

Ink, brush and pen are always on the woman. Rosa brings Dresden’s neighbourhoods to life with her very special illustrations.

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Rosa Hauch · moderation and documentation

“Neighbors – live and let live, I think. In the old days, you used to go around the place in a horse-drawn carriage. “I’m the new guy. Here’s my business card, please. ” Such rituals feel quite nice, but seem out of time. A friendly “Hallo, Moin, Tach” will do. Addressing and helping each other is nice. What I find unattractive is trying to tell your neighbor how he or she should do something.”

Rosa was born in Ueckermünde and has lived in Dresden for 30 years. She works as a freelance journalist, job application coach and language teacher.

Always on the go, always talking and always ready to put the interesting stories of our guests on paper.

Falk Goernert · moderation and documentation

Neighbourhood, that’s the morning view from my window into the kitchen of the house opposite. 7 o’clock and again coffee is being made and taken out of the cupboards.

Falk was born in Dresden and only left the city for his studies.

An art historian, he always has an eye for what is not revealed, not visible, and an open ear for what is between the lines. That’s what we appreciate about his sensitive snapshots in our workshops.

Falk Goernert - Dresdner Nachbarschaften 2023

The experiences with the formats and districts are based on the findings and cooperation with the partners of recent years, including Dresdner Nachbarschaften – Damals, Heute, Morgen sowie Treffpunkt ostZONE. Erinnern und gestalten

Dresdner Nachbarschaften – sichtbar, vernetzt, engagiert!

Neighbourhoods are everywhere – we are right in the middle of it. With district walks, conversations in the green, creative workshops, exhibitions and much more.

Supported by

The project is funded by the State Ministry for Social Affairs and Social Cohesion. This measure is co-financed with tax funds on the basis of the budget passed by the Saxon state parliament within the framework of the state programme Integrative Maßnahmen.