The 19th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival (FITS) invites the fans of theatre and other arts to more than 350 events that will be hosted by 60 spaces, with participants from 70 countries, during May 25 – June 3.The theme of this edition of FITS – ‘Crises. Culture makes the difference’ – encourages artists and cultural personalities to give an alternative to present-day troubles, by inviting some of the most popular and important theatrical directors from Romania and abroad. The details of the festival were unveiled Tuesday in Bucharest, during a press conference attended by ambassadors and officials of the countries represented in the festival: Poland, Japan, Italy, Belgium, Israel, Mexico, the representative office of the Wallonia-Brussels delegation in Bucharest, Germany (the manager of the Goethe Institute).One of the most expected moments of this year’s edition will be the presence in Romania of German director Peter Stein, whose visit was prepared ‘for seven years.’ Stein will present the show ‘Faust Fantasia’ – a melodrama for voice and piano, starting from the work of Goethe, which was specifically produced for the Hanover Biennial of year 2000.A must-see show is ‘Gulliver’s Travels’, directed by Silviu Purcarete, which will be previewed during the festival, as the world premiere will take place during the Edinburgh International Festival, in August 2012. Italy, with 13 shows, and France with 10, are the best represented countries at FITS. Most shows will be held in open spaces.The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, jointly with the Polish Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Institute of Poland will have five events, while the Goethe Institut supports the presence of the ‘Maxim Gorki’ Theatre of Berlin, with its theatrical play ‘Prince Friedrich von Homburg,’ directed by Armin Petras.Director Wajdi Mouawad, associate artist of the Avignon Theatre Festival, will be present in Sibiu with the one-man show ‘Alone.’Once again, the Sibiu old town will host amazing street shows, installation or itinerant events with circus elements, including ‘The Stockholm Syndrome 1.2’ by the Swedish company Burnt Out Punks. The list of guest in this edition of the festival includes the Dutch company Close Act, with two shows named ‘Invasion’ and ‘Pi Leau.’ Dance fans are invited to enjoy the presence of the Vertigo company, with its fascinating shows ‘Mana’ and ‘Null’, and the Ballet Actuel show ‘Adrift.’ Other presences in Sibiu will be the Australians of ‘CIRCA’ and Jose Soriano and his flamenco art.Music, too, has its place at FITS this year, with free concerts by some of the most popular Romanian singers and bands – Stefan Banica, Voltaj, Horia Brenciu and Smiley. For the first time at FITS, this year there will also be a film section featuring ‘Somewhere in Palilula,’ directed by Silviu Purcarete, ‘Akropolis’ by Jerzy Grotowski, Liviu Ciulei’s documentary ‘By thoughts and images,’ and ‘Goldfish games’ by Jan Lauwers. The book section of the festival will include launching events, lecture-shows and conferences of personalities like John Freeman, George Banu, Ioan Holender, Nicolae Manolescu, Jan Lauwers and Wajdi Mouawad.The 19th edition of the Sibiu International Theatre Festival will benefit from a budget of approximately EUR 5.8 M. A total number of 20,000 tickets will be put on sale, at prices between RON 10 and 40.