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   28 september 2017

   Cristina Ghinea

FITS and ULBS at the Takayama Autumn Festival in Japan

At the invitation of Mr. Michihiro Kunishima, the Mayor of Takayama, Japan, a group of five representatives elected from among the volunteers of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) and students of the Faculty of Letters and Arts (ULBS) will be present in Japan during 28th September – 12th October 2017.

The volunteers who will represent the Sibiu International Theatre Festival at this edition are Liliana Lirca, assistant coordinator of the Volunteering Programme and who started as a FITS volunteer in 2013, Andrei Vasiu, volunteer whose family accommodated Japanese volunteers in the last four years, and Bogdan Mînzat, who is interested in the Japanese culture and devoted to the Japanese companies invited at FITS. Eduard Hirizoiu and Cezara Crețu are students of the Acting Department who will represent the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies of the “Lucian Blaga” University in Sibiu.

The five representatives will be involved in the organizing of the Takayama Autumn Festival, which takes place every year on the 9th and 10th of October. The Festival originated at the end of the 16th century-the start of the 17th century, as an homage brought to the gods in sign of gratitude for the fertile earth. The representatives of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies of the ULBS, volunteers of the Sibiu and Takayama Exchange Project, will be accommodated at local host families.

There is a meaningful connection between Takayama and Sibiu, as they have been twin towns since September 2012. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival has enjoyed the support of 17 Japanese volunteers from Takayama ever since 2010.

We are also mentioning the remarkable collaboration, started on the occasion of Sibiu European Capital of Culture 2007, between EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee and the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, which received significant support in organising the International Volunteering Programme. This collaboration carried on for 11 years, and this is what makes it unique.

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