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   15 MARCH 2018

   Crstina Ghinea

FITS - 25 Years of Passion

The 25th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will take place in 8-17 June 2018, under the High Patronage of the President of Romania-Centenary. The 25th anniversary edition of FITS aims at continuing the tradition of a varied and quality cultural offer.

For ten days, the city transforms into a huge stage for the 3,300 artists from all around the world, showcasing theatre, dance, music, contemporary circus, and opera performances in both outdoor, and conventional performance venues. Besides, the programme also comprises workshops and masterclasses held by performing arts leading personalities, play readings including texts by the new generation of playwrights, special conferences bringing some of the edition’s most important guests in front of the audience, exhibitions and installations, book launches and film projections. The Drama and Arts Management Universities Convention, a self-standing festival within FITS, reunites undergraduate and graduate students from the best known relevant universities, who present their performances throughout the ten days.

Starting 27 March, you can buy the first tickets for FITS 2018
On 27 March, marking the World Theatre Day, approximately 50 representations within the FITS 2018 programme will go on sale. Tickets can be purchased both online, on the Festival website, www.sibfest.ro, as well as at the Theatre Agency on 17 Nicolae Bălcescu St., open as follows: Tuesday-Saturday between 11 AM-6 PM and Sunday between 10 AM-2 PM.

This edition of FITS also marks the Romanian Centenary

To honour the Romanian Centenary, we are creating an international dialogue bridge in Sibiu under the sign of excellency, constructing a broad framework where Romanian culture, theatre and performing arts get into contact with the most important cultures of the world.
Thus, FITS marks these celebrations through several events. Sibiu will receive one of the most important European theatre institutions from Germany, i.e. Thalia Theater Hamburg, and their renowned director, Luk Perceval, who was awarded a Star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame in 2016.
This year too, the Japanese Season includes a rich palette of projects. One of the best known Japanese artists, Hideki Noda, is coming to FITS, together with the most important Japanese theatre, Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre, performing “One Green Bottle”, co-produced by the National Theatre in London. Moreover, Ryu Suzuki, last year’s winner of the Yokohama Dance Collection platform, will present a show during the anniversary edition of FITS 2018. The Land of the Rising Sun is also sending Company 1980, and Yamamoto Noh Theatre, which follows the 700-year-old Noh tradition. One of the FITS 2018 premieres is the production “The Scarlet Princess of Edo”, directed by Silviu Purcărete, a kabuki show created by the national theatre in Sibiu in a specially designed space, in collaboration with the most important kimono maker in Japan, Mr. Tomita Nobuaki. This performance has been commissioned for the opening ceremony of the 2020 Cultural and Olympic Games in Tokyo. The year marking 80 years of the British Council’s presence in Romania also brings Luca Silvestrini’s Protein and Neil Bartlet from Great Britain, performing some of the most important shows of our days. Together with Israeli artists, we are celebrating the Romanian Centenary, as well as the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel. Thus, we will receive the country’s best author, Hanoch Levin, with Gesher Theater, and some of the world’s leading dance companies: Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company and Kolben Dance Company.
In 2018, China Shanghai International Arts Festival and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival are celebrating together the 20th anniversary of the Shanghai Festival, and the 25th anniversary of the Sibiu Festival. Last year, the two festivals signed a partnership agreement, aiming at creating common development, cooperation, and support strategies.

Alongside American artists, we are further developing the strategic cooperation platform, by continuing the section dedicated to Romanian, American, and NATO soldiers defending the territory of Romania together. On a specially designed stage at the “Nicolae Bălcescu” Land Forces Academy, the American Democracy Series programme will bring Peter Sellars and The Flex Dance Community in front of the soldiers, as well as the civilian audience, but also Dennis O'Hare, an artist who won the 2012 Outstanding Solo Show of Lucille Lortel Awards.
In this Centenary Year, together with important artists and institutions in France, we are trying to create a preview of the 2018-2019 Romanian-French cultural exchanges, by bringing a performance nominated as the best in France, Compagnie Lacascade’s “Into the Deep”. Moreover, alongside Parc de la Villette, we are inaugurating the programme “Micro-Folie”, especially created for Romanian children, through a pilot-programme in Sibiu, involving the great museums and performing arts institutions in France, but, as a first, in Romania as well.
Furthermore, places of worship in Sibiu and Mărginimea Sibiului, as well as Transylvanian fortified churches open their gates this year too for Romanian and international artists who will play organ concerts during the Festival.
The FITS Volunteering Programme is bringing 450 volunteers from Romania and participating countries to Sibiu. This shows the quality of the young people, and their capacity to dialogue and get involved in a great community project.
Last, but not least, the Sibiu Performing Arts Market, taking place in 11-16 June 2018, offers a broad space to dialogue for participants, representatives of public or independent structures from all over the world - festival and institution managers, actors, producers, programmers. Registration is open until 23 March.

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