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   10 october 2019

   Cristina Ghinea

Ceremony to Award the Star on the Sibiu Walk of Fame, in Berlin

Michael Thalheimer will receive the Star granted to him on the Sibiu Walk of Fame at FITS 2019 during a ceremony organized at the Embassy of Romania in the German Federal Republic. The event takes place today, 10 October 2019, at 7 p.m., in the presence of H.E. Ambassador Emil Hurezeanu and several cultural and political personalities.

The ceremony is organized as part of a visit to Berlin by Constantin Chiriac, General Manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu (TNRS) and President of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS), and by Hunor Horvath, the TNRS German Department Chief of Staff, for the development of strategic programmes alongside cultural institutions in the German-speaking space. During this visit, several meetings were scheduled with a view to establishing partnerships for the two departments of the National Theatre in Sibiu, as well as for FITS, the Sibiu Performing Arts Market, and the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies of the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu
‘First of all, I am making this visit to grant the Star awarded to Michael Thalheimer during the 26th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival, as he is one of the most important directors in the Germanic and European space. We are glad to be able to organize this ceremony with the support of the Embassy of Romania, in the presence of a distinguished audience including former and future laureates of the Walk of Fame, who will participate at FITS 2020. Besides, it will be attended by German cultural and political personalities, alongside whom we are planning future projects.’

TNRS intends to develop a special project together with Deutsches Theatre in Berlin, as well as other structures in Germany, with a view to conducting a project aimed at integrating non-EU countries in the Western Balkans through cultural actions. ‘This is a Creative Europe programme which will unfold over four years and through which we aim at working with festivals, important theatres, theatre and music schools of the six countries in the Western Balkans and with notable structures in Germany, Austria and France, so as through the language of performing arts to start this necessary dialogue facilitating the access of the artists in these states to the most important festivals in Europe, as well as the dialogue between artists, that will most certainly ease their future integration process. Besides, for the German theatre in Sibiu, we are devising new possibilities to cooperate with the most notable theatres in Berlin, with renowned festivals, such as the Berlin Festival of Lights, that’s taking place in this period. We wish to establish important relationships between the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies at the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu and similar structures in the German-speaking space. These short, but intense three days spent in Berlin will surely result in new future projects as, by being in the middle of things, we will identify new cooperation opportunities for TNRS, for FITS, for the Performing Arts Market, and for the Department of Drama and Theatre Studies’, Constantin Chiriac says.

The complex schedule of these days was developed with the support of the Embassy of Romania in Berlin and the Romanian Cultural Institute.