12-17 june 2017

How many people can you get to know in 5 days? Is your presentation awesome? Do you want to attend conferences or workshops with international speakers?

A new submission session, deadline 1st May! ​Register to Sibiu Performing Arts Market and don’t forget to bring with you the curiosity, openness and a good presentation;
we offer the context, resources and a long list of people eager to meet you!

 Register here




 about us / short history


 About Sibiu Performing Arts Market


Since the first edition in 1997, the Sibiu Performing Arts Market has developed, becoming 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 to establish connections and start possible future partnerships.

The Sibiu Performing Arts Market – an associated structure of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) – was born from the need of the Festival to grant equal opportunities to all artists, cultural operators, performing arts institutions or cultural networks to meet important worldwide producers from.

In its 21 years of existence, The Market – a unique structure in Central and South-eastern Europe – 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 throughout the world: 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, of confrontation of ideas, of interest promoting and of good practice presentation, The Market encourages collaboration initiatives and projects through the specific activities organized in its framework: conferences, workshops, meetings, presentations and socializing activities.

It happens every summer, between the 4th and the last but one day of the Festival; the 2017 edition is scheduled between June 12-17.

  Future editions: 2018: June 11-16 | 2019: June 17-22 | 2020: June 15-20


The Market expands its cultural and artistic horizon, welcoming guests from all over the world, but still placing great emphasis on the presence artists from Central and Eastern European, 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 and 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 promotion 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 up 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, 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 gets its first 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 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 to 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 for better interaction between participants.


 useful information / coming to sibiu




Ibis Hotel
(for the main activities)
 Calea Dumbrăvii nr. 2-4, 550324

Atrium Cafe
 Piața Mică nr. 16, 550182

The County Center for the Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture ”Cindrelul-Junii” Sibiu
 Str. Tudor Arghezi nr. 13, 550010

Check always the programme in case there will be new venues for some conference or workshops.


 How to get in Sibiu


Below there are several options for travelling to Sibiu. Please announce us what transportation you intend to choose, in order to help you with the transfer from or to the airport.

 by plane

The nearest airport is Sibiu International Airport (15 minutes driving distance airport - city centre) which has new and good connections, or you can choose to arrive in Bucharest at Henri Coandă International Airport (5 hours away by car) – recommended for overseas international guests.

 by bus

There are several bus companies with routes to Sibiu, check the website, which is also translated to English. Also, on the website you can find local transport options, if you want to visit the surroundings.

 by car

The fastest route from Bucharest to Sibiu is via A1/E81 (București–Pitești– Râmnicu Vâlcea–Sibiu). The fastest route from Budapest to Sibiu is on E75-E68 (Budapest–Szeged–Nădlac–Arad–Deva–Alba Iulia–Sibiu).

  GPS coordinates for Ibis Hotel: N 45° 47′ 24.02″ E 24° 8′ 56.29″.

 by train

If you want to travel by train, check the schedule for international trains to and from Romania. The websites are available in English www.bahn.de or www.InterRail.eu.


 Local transport

Sibiu has good connections for public transport for the entire city. The bus system is operated by Tursib.

Don’t worry though, all the venues of the Market and Festival are close to the city centre and you can walk from one venue to another. For the Festival performances from Cisnădioara Fortified Church (Biserica Fortificată Cisnădioara), Fabrica de Cultură or Redal Expo there will be special buses leaving from “Radu Stanca” National Theatre with 45 minutes before the performance. The bus will take you back from the venue after the performance.

For taxi you can download the application  Clever Taxi.


We recommend to book accommodation at Ibis Hotel, where the Market takes place. We strongly advice to book accommodation in advance because the city is very crowded during the Festival and Market. If you are nature lover and want to explore the surroundings, there are a lot of options really nice and close to Sibiu.


When it comes to food, you have a lot of options. On Nicolae Bălcescu Pedestrian Street are a lot of restaurants with local and international gastronomy. If you want to taste the local cuisine, try the restaurants with traditional products, or just ask us and we can make recommendations on the spot.

In case you want to explore the traditional markets and enjoy local products, have a look here. Our volunteers will help you to meet the local producers.

…and the most important thing, Sibiu was entitled European Gastronomic Capital in 2019.


Your passport and your visa (if necessary) must be valid for 6 months since the date of your first entry.

Check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the General Inspectorate for Immigration to see if you need to obtain or not a visa to travel to Romania.


 participation / key terms


 Let’s understand better


Artist/Company: independent artist, art group, public cultural institutions or agents working in the performing arts field from Romania and abroad. Artists registered exclusively to the Market are not part of Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) official program. Artists in the official selection of FITS can apply for the Market according to the procedures mentioned on the website.

  Promoter: person who represents and promotes performing arts group on the cultural market (agent or company manager). As agent or company’ manager you can register the company to the Market by filling-in an artist form, as in the performances section can be promoted four (4) shows. If you don’t want this, you can fill-in a form for professionals.
* Category named ‘artist’ in the registration form.

Professionals: producers, programmers, representatives of artistic institutions, directors of: festivals, cultural centres, or independent artistic venues - on a national and international level in the performing arts environment - and cultural journalists.

  Programmer: person in charge with the selection and planning in a performing arts group or institution;
  Producer: the person producing shows in the performing arts field;
  Director: manager of a cultural institution, festival, cultural centre.
* Category named ‘professionals’ in the registration form.

Speaker: panellist or facilitator for a workshop in The Market.

Participants: all artists and professionals in the field of performing arts who attend the Market.

Delegates: persons nominated by the company/artistic group, festival, cultural centre, etc. to participate to the Market and represent the cultural organization.

Presentations: in this section, artists and professionals have the possibility to give a presentation speech (3 minutes) in front of the audience, and to describe the projects and creations in development.

Call for projects: the special section within the Market which offers to the participants the opportunity to present a project idea or initiative for which they are looking for partners (10 minutes). The presentation must include: short description, type of the project (theatre, dance, music, street performances, etc.), duration, and targeted partners.

Exhibition space: a special place available for participants, as a fix contact point for meetings and continuous promotion. Both access categories (artists/companies and professionals) have the possibility to get visual exposure based on the presentation materials (brochures, leaflets, business cards, CD/DVD, etc.).

Briefing sessions: a meeting place for all the participants, where they can be informed by representatives of national and international structures (Romanian Cultural Institute, the Ministry of Culture, the European Union, international cultural centres) about financing opportunities and international markets.

Networking: conferences, workshops, socializing activities, or the festival club as a tool to facilitate the dialog between the artists and programmers, producers, directors of institutes and festivals in Romania and abroad.

Contacts: the contact list of all the participants at the Sibiu Performing Arts Market is available for everyone who paid the fee, after each registration session.

  Look carefully on the website, and in the Market catalogue to find artists or professionals possible partners for your organisation;
  The participants at the Market can be identified by the photos included on the electronic list from the website, or the printed catalogue;
  Read the descriptions of each participant, watch the videos and do not hesitate to contact those who have gotten your interest, before the arrival at the Market. In this way it will be easier to create connections and you’ll be able to find partners for projects;
  If you are interested to contact some companies which are not registered at the Market, but are in the official selection of FITS, the organizers can facilitate to contact them.