The garden city of Hellerau was established in 1909 together with the Hellerau furniture workshops. Built to plans by Richard Riemerschmid, the development combines a modern garden city settlement with a manufacturing facility that offered exemplary working conditions for its time. The arts in Hellerau were centred around Heinrich Tessenow's festival hall, where Europe's cultural elite gathered together every year between 1912 and 1915. Following extensive restoration works, the hall has now reopened as the Dresden European Arts Centre for experimental performing arts, home to events such as the Dresden Days of Contemporary Music and the CYNETart media festival. The hall is also where the Derevo dance theatre and the Forsythe Company come to produce and perform their works.