Sibiu International Theatre Festival11 - 20 June 2021 | 28th edition
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“Poetic Invasion of the Cities” – nine companies in the Italian Season of FITS 2021. PIC Contest has a winner!
“Poetic Invasion of the Cities” (PIC), a European platform for performing arts in unconventional spaces, which aims to reach new audiences of the involved communities, including in disadvantaged areas, was a notable presence at the 28th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. Trio Trioche and The Black Blues Brothers were some of the Italian groups that held performances in Sibiu in the framework of this projected funded by Creative Europe. Representatives of the two companies, artists Franca Pampaloni (Trio Trioche) and Bilal Musa Huka (The Black Blues Brothers), took part – alongside Dan Bartha-Lazăr, project coordinator – in a press conferences moderated by theatre critic Octavian Saiu. ‘Through this project, also knowns as PIC Festival, we wish to address not only those who regularly attend cultural events, but aim to take the selected performances to those areas where theatre and other performing arts are almost never discussed. We started by discovering unconventional spaces, such as Habermann Square, a new commercial area in Sibiu which we turned into one of the most sought after and appreciated performance locations. Moreover, we reached smaller towns around Sibiu. This year, for instance, we had an interesting performance in Săliște. To promote the project and the interaction between spectators and artists, a QR code-based voting system was implemented, allowing audiences to vote their favourite artists on their smart phones, so we also touched upon digitization. More than presenting performances, the project also proposes a series of workshops for young people, both those already enrolled in a specialized university and those who want to become familiar with street arts’, said Dan Bartha-Lazăr. The companies who were part of the 2021 Italian Season of FITS and their performances were: Trio Trioche – Troppe Arie, Luca\&Tino – Lucchetino Classic, Dolly Bomba – Fuori Porta, Creme & Brulè – Fire, Dance and Romance, The Black Blues Brothers – They are black in black, Cardinali – Dama & Sky Piano eVenti Verticali – Wanted, Kate and Pasi – Rafla/Pizzeria, Torpeza Ritmika – The Sand Rose. The PIC Contest winner, as chosen by the spectators, was The Black Blues Brothers, which will be invited to next year’s “La Strada” International Festival in Bremen (Germany), as per the initial agreement between the project partners.
Sibiu International Theatre Festival 2021. Theatre, street, circus, opera, and music performances, book launches, exhibitions, conferences with more than 2,000 artists from 38 countries, in 70+ locations, with 20 interpreters and translators
The 28th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival took place in 20-29 August 2021 and was themed “Building Hope Together”; it was the most complex edition of FITS so far and brought the audience more than 600 events in approximately 20 categories of performing arts events, in 70+ locations, with over 2,000 artists. The Sibiu International Theatre Festival unfolded under the High Patronage of the President of Romania; the main funders were the Sibiu City Hall and the Sibiu Council. The programme of this complex edition was made up of theatre, street, circus, musicals, music, and opera performances, workshops, book launches, church concerts, conferences, dance, documentaries, exhibitions, films, installations, play readings, projections, as well as the Sibiu Performing Arts Market, Therme Forum, the Doctoral Platform, the Visual Arts Platform, the Drama and Arts Management Convention, and the Celebrity Gala, alongside 200+ hours of online streaming of live or pre-recorded events. ‘This year’s edition was a triumph and we are extremely happy to have been able to rekindle light, hope, emotion, and joy in our spectators’ hearts. It was an extremely challenging edition. We would like to thank His Excellency the President of Romania, Mr. Klaus Iohannis, who conferred us his High Patronage for this year’s edition, too. We would also like to thank the Sibiu City Hall, Mayor Astrid Fodor, and the Sibiu Local Council, for their openness and for engaging in dialogue with us for the organization of FITS. We were also supported by the Government of Romania, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of External Affairs, the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, and so we would like to thank them as well. A big thank you to our partners and sponsors, who stood by us and contributed to Building Hope Together. At the same time, I would like to send my thanks to the heroic team I led in this battle, as they managed to organize and exceptional edition of FITS’, said Constantin Chiriac, President of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu. International Figures and 12 Rich Seasons Renowned artists of the international stage, such as Denis O'Hare, Jan Lauwers, and Helmut Stürmer, Charlotte Rampling, Israel Galván, Akram Khan, and Yoshi Oida were awarded stars on the Sibiu Walk of Fame.
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival took place under exceptional health safety conditions. No positive COVID tests, around 6000 digital certificates scanned
The Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS), organized between 20-29 August 2021, took place under special health safety conditions, and the public’s access to events was granted based on a certificate of vaccination, proof of previous infection or a negative test. In specially designated spaces around 6000 digital certificates were scanned and validated. Concerned with the safety of spectators and artist guests, the organizers of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival set up a set of additional norms, apart from those already established by the existing legislation, and were supported in this endeavour by the expertise of specialists at the Sibiu Public Health Directorate. „We are happy to look upon the organizing process of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival as a success! Access to events in closed public spaces was granted in accordance with the provisions of the existing legislation, by means of epidemiological triage, through three testing points which were at the disposal of participants arrived for the FITS 2021 performances. All these considered, no positive cases were registered in the three testing sites, which means that our spectators are highly responsible. Of course, access was possible also for people who have been vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 or those who have recovered from a COVID-19 infection. We wish to reach a high percentage of immunized citizens, so that such beautiful events can take place more often in our county, under safe conditions. Responsible social behaviour in preventing the spread of the new coronavirus is a duty we all share, in order to support authorities in their fight for limiting the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic”, Col. Dr. Daniel Chelcea, executive manager of DSP Sibiu, declared. The Festival that brought light back to the city The XXVIII-th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival was the most complex one to date, with over 600 events, over 2000 artists from 38 countries and featuring three dimensions – physical, hybrid and online. „The huge impact on the public, that special enthusiasm, in still keeping with all health prevention measures is a proof that beauty, dialogue, creation, miracles, benefit the human soul. Furthermore, presenting live performances was a welcome formula, which does not imply risks regarding strict health protection norms, and we are in need of such encounters.