Over 36,000 people participated in this year’s edition of the Sighisoara Medieval Festival, between July 27 and 31, according to figure supplied by the local authorities. “We normally had 30,000 to 35,000 visitors during the three days of the festival. This is a record in participants’ numbers, due to the decision to extend the festival from three to five days,” the spokesperson for Sighisoara Mayor’s Office, Anca Ratiu, stated, Mediafax reports.
Ten knightly orders and a host of local and foreign medieval music ensembles took part in this edition, held under the emblem of the medieval hero, of the wizard Merlin, King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Also, over 120 knights from four knightly orders, actors of the National Theatre and the “Scena” Theatre and students of the Targu Mures University of Arts joined in a special performance titled “Merlin”.
During the five days of the Sighisoara Medieval Festival, spectators had a chance to watch parades, jousts and “knightly initiations” and could meet troubadours, minstrels, medieval town drummers or folk craftsmen.