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About Sibiu Performing Arts Market
Since its first edition in 1997, the Sibiu Performing Arts Market has developed and has become an important cultural network, facilitating connections between festivals and artists, performing arts, independent companies or public institutions. Every year, more than 300 participants all over the world, representing various cultural organizations (artistic management agencies, NGOs, public institutions, independent companies, etc.), meet in Sibiu and establish connections and possible future partnerships.
Associated structure of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS), Sibiu Performing Arts Market is the product of the Festival's need to grant equal opportunities to all artists, cultural operators, performing arts institutions or cultural networks to meet important producers from all over the world.
For 23 years, The Market – a unique structure in Central and SouthEastern Europe – has placed Sibiu and Romania on the map of the most important arts markets in the world. The cultural value of The Market is reflected by its international collaborations and partnerships with the most important arts markets or networks around the globe: CINARS (Canada), Tokyo Performing Arts Market (Japan), Performing Arts Market Seoul (South Korea), Rideau (Canada), International Society for Performing Arts Hong Kong (Hong Kong), The Performing Arts Market in Singapore, Australian Performing Arts Market (Australia), Freiburg Bourse (Germany), Thun International Directory of Performing Arts Collections and Institutions (Switzerland), Zurich Performing Arts (Switzerland), La Red – network of markets in Central and South America, Market for African Performing Arts Market (Abidjan, Ivory Coast), Performing Arts Network of South Africa (South Africa), Moscow International Performing Arts Market (Russia), Western Alliance of Arts Administrators (WAAA, USA), Northeast State Performing Arts Centre (USA).
A place of meeting, confrontation of ideas, interest promoting and good practice presentation, The Market encourages collaboration initiatives and projects through the specific activities organized within its framework: conferences, workshops, meetings, presentations and networking activities.
The Market takes place every year, in June, between the 4th and the last but one day of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. The 2020 edition takes place June 15-20..
Future editions: 21-26 June 2021; 13-18 June 2022
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) sets up the Sibiu Performing Arts Market, an annual projects taking places during the Festival, with the purpose of creating a cultural alternative in Central and Eastern Europe, the possibility to establish a network of festivals, a database of creators and managers and a coherent dialogue platform to serve this part of the continent.
Starting 1997, The Market became part of EurAAm Bourse – a project initiated by nine arts markets in Europe and Quebec, which decided to create a space for cooperation and artistic exchange, aiming at developing, promoting and showing performances internationally, in order to facilitate access to new cultural markets. The EurAAm Bourse – subsequently AREA – was made up of: Entre Vues – Brussels (Communaute francaise de Belgique, Ministre de la Culture et des Affaires sociales, Service de la diffusion), ASSPROP (Association des Programateurs Professionnels), Bourse Rideau (Montreal, Canada – Reseau Independent des Diffuseurs d’Evenements Artistiques Units), Kulturbörse Freiburg (Freiburg im Dreisgau); Le chainon manquant (Cahors, France, Orques Idees); KTV-ATP – Kunstlerborsen (Thun, Morges, Switzerland), Fira de Teatre al Carrer de Tarrega (Tarrega, Spain), Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic (Spain), Borsa Internationale dello spettacolo appi (Milan, Italy), Internationale Artisten – en evenimentenbeurs (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Deutsch – Niederlandische – Kulturborse Kleve (Cleves, Germany), XTRAX (Manchester, United Kingdom).
The Market expands its cultural and artistic horizon, welcoming guests from all over the world, but still placing great emphasis on the presence of artists from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as from the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), former USSR countries.
The Market hosts the event ‘East/West Meeting of Festival Directors’ – an exchange of ideas moderated by festival directors and cultural management specialists, enabling participants to see performances from the FITS programme and meet other participants of The Market.
A special section of gipsy music, contemporary dance and rock performances is organized (up until 2006).
Between 2003-2006, FITS and The Market, as a Festival project, were part of the European network EUNETSTAR (European Street Arts Network), funded by artistic directors of nine festivals from eight countries, with the purpose to produce, develop and promote street art and outdoor theatre. The network was made up of International Street theatre Festival (Ghent, Belgium), Namur-en-Mai International Fair Arts Festival (Namur, Belgium), Stockton International Riverside Festival (Stockton, United Kingdom), Oerol Festival (Terschelling, The Netherlands), Coup de Chauffe L’Avant Scene Cognac (Cognac, France), International Theatre Festival Malta (Poznan, Polonia), Galway Arts Festival (Galway, Ireland), Ana Desetnica Ljubljana & Lent Festival (Maribor, Slovenia) and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (Sibiu, Romania). The project continues between 2006-2010, with the president of The Market and FITS, Constantin Chiriac, also leading EUNETSTAR.
Between 2004-2009, The Market and FITS were part of Europe Arts, an association aiming at stimulating, training and supporting classical theatre, street theatre or circus artists, authors and directors to establish a relationship with audiences from a different culture or not speaking the language of performing arts. Europe Arts, a European political project focusing on multiculturalism and multilingualism, is involved in the creation of European production, their dissemination on the continent and the identification of funding sources. Europe Arts is associated with the International Department for Arts Management Consultancy for Activities Outside Europe.
A banner year for the local and national environment in the European and global cultural context, the year when Sibiu held the title of European Capital of Culture and when Romanian became a member of the European Union, which favoured the development of The Market, translated into a higher number of participants and of international opportunities.
The Market and FITS entered into a partnership with Open Street as active members ever since the network was set up. Open Street is made of experienced institutions in promoting street arts, giving all members access to its resources and contacts of the best operators in the field: artists, schools, training and production centres, local councils and institutions involved in events and specialized mass-media. It aims at developing street arts, a vital component of cultural and social promotion in the urban and regional environment, so that all social classes enjoy the experience of performances. Constantin Chiriac is a founding member of the Open Street Network and a member in its Board of Directors.
The first edition of the section Talkback seminars takes place, later known as Cultural Conversations.
The structure and framework of The Market is changed as follows: we organized presentations of artists and professionals, happenings (15 minutes fragments of certain performances) and information sessions on funding; redesigned the logo, the organizing team and the venue.
The first editions of Cultural Conversations is printed, made up of a series of interviews with artists of FITS 2011, guests of the Talkback Seminars.
The Market moves to a new, warmer and more appropriate venue, Ibis Hotel.
The Market has its official website.
The Market sees its first international conferences, socializing events and workshops, among which the first editions of Festival Readings and the first workshop on presenting artistic productions within The Market, The Art of Pitching.
The Market witnesses a significant improvement of the number of events organized and of participants, resulting in a prolongation of the event from three to four days.
The Market is extended to six days, so that all participants have the possibility to enjoy the experience of cultural and professional meetings, as well as have access to FITS performances and events, in the context of a city with a strong artistic vibration.
The first edition of the conference European Dimension and Community Involvement (European Capitals of Culture 2021) and of the workshop Meeting and Classes with Great Choreographers.
The Market becomes an associated structure of FITS, based on its growth during the 19 editions.
The format of The Market is reorganized: the happenings are replaced with new workshops and thematic conferences.
The first edition of the workshop Festivals in the 21st century: Who Are They For, How We Do Them, How Do We Finance Them? takes place.
A new, more functional exhibition and presentation place is organized, allowing better interaction between participants.