14-17 June 2021 



 partnership / useful information


 Partners of Sibiu Performing Arts Market


China SPAF


International Arts Manager


 about us 


 About Sibiu Performing Arts Market


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. In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the activities of the Sibiu Performing Arts Market have been adapted and are carried out online.

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.

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).

Future editions: 14-19 June 2021; 13-18 June 2022

 participation / conditions for registration


 General criteria for participation


You are a performing artist/artistic company with a recognized and/or recommended artistic activity or artists/companies or programmer/producer/director of cultural institution from the cultural space with an original, innovative, interesting and qualitative portfolio;

You can sustain a presentation in front of a professional audience, in the format requested by the organizer;

The requested promotional material that is going to be in The Market’s catalogue and on the website meet the quality requirements set by the organisers;

You will be present during the entire period of The Market. The sole exception are the participants that for objective reasons cannot attend and chose the Catalogue Package - this criterion is not applicable for the 2020 #online edition of The Market

You can cover the costs for transport and accommodation during The Market. We strongly recommend to obtain funding for these expenses; - this criterion is not applicable for the 2020 #online edition of The Market

You are willing to search and find, together with other programmers and financing structures, alternative financial solutions, in the event that you are offered a touring opportunity that interests you;

Registration for Sibiu Performing Arts Market is done exclusively by filling in the registration form.

a) for all the access categories, the fields marked with asterisk (*) are compulsory;
b) uploading quality pictures and giving photo credit is mandatory, as they help for a better promotion before and during Sibiu Performing Arts Market. The images may be used on The Market website/social networks and in the printed catalogue;
c) the uploaded videos may be used for the online promotion before The Market and also during The Market by playing them on LED TVs at the exhibition space.

The Market provides the ideal framework for finding potential partners for the projects you develop. To ensure that the presence and experience within The Market are experiences from which all participants benefit, there will be a selection for all access categories after the registration period. The criteria are: the quality of the application and the characteristic of the organization. The selection process applies for the standard packages, but also for the extra packages: Presentation (3 minutes), Call for projects (10 minutes) and Speed networking; - extra packages are not available in the #online version on The Market 2020

The registration process will only be completed after the submission of the online application, the confirmation of the valid application, and the confirmation of the participation tax. You will shall be contacted via e-mail by the organizers on the confirmation of participation, at the end of the registration period.

For details about the content of the form, please download and read The Participant’s registration guide.


 Who can participate? Access categories

Those interested in The Market can register as listed below, by choosing one of the standard packages and eventual extra packages. The access categories are:

1. Companies/Artists

Independent artist, theatre company which produces performances or other types of cultural products: theatre, dance, music, circus, street performance, visual arts, digital arts, multidisciplinary arts, etc.

2. Producer / Agent / Promoter

Professional that represents the interest of artists or artistic companies; produces and promotes performances or other types of cultural products.

3. Director / Programmer / Representative

Professional that, in a structured and official setting, hosts and/or organizes performances and cultural events: festival, venue, networking and showcase events, cultural centre/institute, production house, NGO, European Capital of Culture, university/school, etc.


 participation / key terms


 Let’s understand better


Participants: all active members of the performing arts field who attend The Market. These are, without limiting to: companies, independent artists, agents, producers, cultural institutes and centers, festivals, venues, supporting institutions etc.

Delegates: persons nominated by the company/artistic group, festival, center etc. to attend The Market on its behalf.

The Performing Arts Market Catalogue (electronic and print version): contains contacts of participants, descriptions of companies and structurers registered at The Market, performances presentations, logos, photographs.

Exhibition space: a specially designed space for the participants to meet, socialize and present in detail their artistic creations and services. All access categories can benefit from visual presentations, based on promotional materials (brochures, leaflets, business cards, CD/DVD etc.)

  The space is divided into separate areas according to the characteristic of the company/organisation: Romanian companies, international companies, festivals, and cultural centres/supporting institutions;

  Each area has tables to put jointly the promotional materials and TV LED to display trailers and/or short videos;

  The design of the exhibition space does not include display booths; please bring proper materials to fit into the new space (flyers, brochures, business cards, DVDs, USBs, QR codes);

  Those interested in promotion at the exhibition space must bring proper promotional materials. For more information, check the participant’s guide.

Networking: by means of conferences, workshops, socializing activities or by attending the festival club we work 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 registration fee, this is sent via e-mail by the organizers and is available at the Info point, at Ibis hotel, for the entire period of The Market.

  If you are interested in companies attending Sibiu International Theatre Festival, but they are not registered at The Market, the organizers can help you contact them.




 Constantin Chiriac

Sibiu Performing Arts Market President

 Eliza Ceprăzaru


 Denisa Mureșan

Participants responsible

 Alexandra Vîstraș

Assistant communication and PR

 Silviu Tomișteanu

Senior Graphic Designer

 Ștefania Prodea

Web Admin 

 Cosmin Chivu

Presentations & Conferences moderator

 Adriana Bârză-Cârstea

Moderator “Meetings and Classes with Great Choreographers”



 Eliza Ceprăzaru



Denisa Mureșan

Participants responsible




 TEATRUL NATIONAL RADU STANCA SIBIU, Bvd. Corneliu Coposu nr. 2, 550245 Sibiu, România

 +4 0269 210 092

 +4 0269 210 532



short history


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.


The access categories are reconfigured to be more specific.

The packages and extra packages are reconfigured, in order to be more flexible and allow participants to personalise their participation.

“Festivals in the 21st century: Who Are They For, How We Do Them, How Do We Finance Them?” becomes “Talking festivals”.

The first edition of the event “Therme Forum: Theatre and Architecture” takes place within The Market this year.


The Catalog design is changed for a better representation of participants and a nicer layout.


In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, we organized a special #online edition, during 15-17 June 2020, 16:00-20:00, Romania time (GMT+3).

 useful information / coming to sibiu




Ibis Hotel
(for most events)
 Calea Dumbrăvii nr. 2-4, 550324

Atrium Cafe
(Cultural Conversations)
 Piața Mică nr. 16, 550182

The County Center for the Conservation and Promotion of Traditional Culture ”Cindrelul-Junii” Sibiu
(Meetings and Classes with Great Choreographers)
 Str. Tudor Arghezi nr. 13, 550010

Always check the programme for updates on conferences or workshops venues.


 How to get in Sibiu


Please inform us about the type of transportation you have chosen, so that we may assist you with transfers to and from the airport/train station/bus station.

 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 available in 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).

  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.

For taxi you can download the application  Clever Taxi.


We recommend that you book your accommodation at the Ibis Hotel, where the main events of The Market will take place. We strongly advise that accommodations be booked in advance, as the city is very crowded during the Festival and The Market.


When it comes to food, you have a lot of options. On Nicolae Bălcescu Pedestrian Street there are numerous restaurants with local and international gastronomy. If you want to taste the local cuisine, try the restaurants with traditional products.


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 check if you need a visa travel to Romania.