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
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).