The Sighisoara Medieval Festival ends this Sunday at midnight with fireworks and a torchlight parade.
Artistic director of the 22nd edition of the Sighisoara Medieval Festival, Liviu Pancu, on Sunday told AGERPRES that the event, which this year unfurled under the motto ‘Jacques de Molay – 700 years of chivalry’ was a success, which means the actors took their reward of ‘smiles and applause.’
‘The 22nd edition of the Sighisoara Medieval Art Festival is now drawing to end. We were rewarded with smiles and applause that made us think nothing else matters, not even fatigue, all that counts are only those moments that intersperse the stories we stage every year. The parades at this edition had a different structure thanks to novel participants. We had a part of the Commandery of the St. Bernard Order as guests, we were pleased to welcome the Knights Templar of Romania and abroad. This edition was a tribute to the man who sacrificed himself, Jacques de Molay, and the symbolic prayer we offered was a reenactment of the moments when he talks to himself about the sacrifice he is about to assume for the future, for himself and his brothers. This was the essence of the ‘700’ show we staged with four chivalric orders,’ said Liviu Pancu, quoted by Agerpres.
Dan Radulescu, one of the actors who portrayed Jacques de Molay in the ‘700’ immersion into history, said in turn that the show paid an emotional homage to the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar 700 years after his execution at stake. ‘With this show, director Liviu Pancu wanted to reach deep into the emotional being of each of us, into that inner core where we can relive history, beyond the verbal and musical support that comes to accomplish the artistic unity of the performance,’ said Radulescu.
Jacques de Molay, the last Grand Master of the Knights Templar, the warrior monks who fought in the Crusades, was executed in Paris in 1314 on contrived charges of heresy, in a campaign waged by King Philip IV of France to suppress this chivalric order and seize their wealth to the Royal Treasury. The movement was reborn in the early 19th century as a charitable organisation and has branches around the world.
Back to the local celebrations, it should be noted that in a first for Romanian medieval arts festivals, Sighisoara was Saturday the scene of the Grand Parade of the Knights Templar from Romania, France and Serbia. Also present at the festival were the Order of Medias Knights, the Wolf Knights Order of Targu Mures, the ArtGotica Knights Order, the Stag Knights Order of Sighisoara, the Muhlbach Squires of Sebes, the Guards of Moldova Knights, the Sacred Temple Knights, the Knights of St. Bernard Targu Mures. They were joined by medieval music bands and dance troupes.