The official opening of the International Theatre Festival of Sibiu took place in the Grand Square on Sunday evening, as the open-air performances and the fireworks scheduled for previous nights were postponed due to unfavourable weather, although the events already started four days ago.
On Sunday, almost 5,000 persons spent their evening in the centre of the city, until midnight, admiring spectacular fireworks and a street performance by a French theatre company. Spheres, cubes, cones, tubes and fantastic characters born out of steel were the ingredients provided by the French theatre company, in order to captivate the audience for over an hour. Among the viewers, there was also the Culture Minister Theodor Paleologu, who promised to return to Sibiu as soon as possible. “It was a fine night, I watched several shows, from street performances to classical plays and I was delighted by them. I am fascinated and I will return for a couple of days by the end of next week,” Theodor Paleologu declared. This year’s edition of the International Theatre Festival of Sibiu will take place until June 7, under the slogan “Innovations,” following the initiative of the European Commission that had declared 2009 “The Year of Creativity and Innovation.” Throughout the eleven days, over 300 performances by artists of 70 countries worldwide will be presented to the audience.