The Semper Opera Ball has grown to become the foremost ball in Germany. Opera stars and internationally acclaimed pop musicians make regular guest appearances at the event and young debutante couples captivate onlookers with a ten-minute choreographed routine. The Dresden Medal of St. George is awarded at the Semper Opera Ball to honour figures from the worlds of politics, sports and the arts for their special achievements or unwavering commitment. The celebrations unfold not only inside the opera house, but outside the ballrooms too at the Semper Open-Air Ball on Theaterplatz square. It's a party for everybody in Dresden, a party like no other. The opening ceremony is streamed live on giant screens at the Open-Air Ball, and there is a diverse programme for all ages, plus dancing into the small hours, and much more besides. Theaterplatz square buzzes with locals and visitors as the celebrity guests arrive on the red carpet, the opera stars sing arias and the debutantes get proceedings under way in unforgettable fashion.