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   23 october 2019

   Cristina Ghinea

FITS - A High Level Good Practice Example!

The Sibiu International Theatre Festival was recently mentioned as a good practice example in the framework of the discussions between H.E. Mr. Klaus Iohannis, President of Romania, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Shinzō Abe.

Klaus Iohannis travelled to Japan on the occasion of the enthronement ceremony of His Majesty Emperor Naruhito of Japan and had a meeting with the Prime Minister. In this context, the two officials discussed the Strategic Partnership between the two countries, under its multiple socio-economic dimensions. At the same time, the two countries’ wish to tighten their cultural cooperation was mentioned, by evoking the excellent cooperation with the Sibiu International Theatre Festival and subsequent collaboration projects.

FITS has been developing a broad partnership with Japan through the Volunteer Programme which, over its 12 years of existence, has brought more than 200 Japanese volunteers to the Festival, who observed and learnt about all the aspects of organizing such a big event. The programme was developed with the support of EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee, one of the most important organizations in the field.

Besides, Japan is present in FITS year after year, through some of the most reputed companies and artists at world level. This year, for example, spectators enjoyed and applauded the presence of artists from Yamamoto Noh Theater, Haiyuza Theatre Company or Matsumoto Performing Arts Centre. The actors of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu have collaborated with Japanese directors Kazuyoshi Kushida and Masahiro Yasuda, creating the two productions “The Ghost is Here” and “A Japanese Story”. “The Scarlet Princess”, one of the newest productions in the repertory of the National Theatre in Sibiu signed by Silviu Purcărete, winner of multiple awards at this year’s UNITER Gala, such as Best Actress, Best Scenography and Best performance, is based on a script inspired from Sakura Hime Azuma Bunshô, by Tsuruya Nanboku IV.

On the Walk of Fame, a FITS project, passers-by can admire stars bearing the names of complex Japanese artists, such as Nakamura Kanzaburo XVIII, Kazuyoshi Kushida and Hideki Noda.

In 2019, Constantin Chiriac, actor and manager of the “Radu Stanca” National Theatre in Sibiu and President of FITS, was decorated with the “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays” by the Japanese Government, for his contribution to the promotion of Japanese culture in Romania and to the artistic exchanges between Japan and Romania.

The 27th edition of FITS will take place in 12-21 June 2020.