The most important and the most long-lived medieval festival in Romania, “Sighisoara Medievala” (“Medieval Sighisoara”), which was always held in the last weekend of July, will not be held anymore in the traditional period, for the first time in the last 24 years; Sighisoara Local Council will take a decision regarding its cancellation or postponement for a later moment , stated the Mayor of the municipality, Ovidiu Malancravean, for Agerpres.
Sighisoara Mayor said that after two appeals, filled subsequently to the announcement of the winner project for organizing the Medieval Sighisoara Festival, were rejected at the beginning of the week, the Legal Committee of the Sighisoara Local Council gave a negative opinion to the winner project, so the extraordinary meeting planned to be held on Friday, in which the contract had to be assigned, wasn’t convened anymore.
He said that the matter of cancelling or postponing the 24th edition of the “Medieval Sighisoara” Festival will be on the agenda of the ordinary meeting of the Sighisoara Local Council of July 28.
Malancravean mentioned that the option according to which Sighisoara Town Hall will organize by its own the festival, probably late in August – early in September, will be also discussed, but for now the fate of the “Medieval Sighisoara” XXIV is uncertain.
Hoteliers from Sighisoara are extremely outraged by the attitude of the local public government, accusing it of negligence and half-hearted, since it didn’t organized the event at the right moment, and they claimed that they are already receiving negative signals from the tourists, who booked almost 100 percent of the rooms in the period when the “Medieval Sighisoara” Festival had to take place.
They claim that, once the flow of the festival’s editions is interrupted, Sighisoara will lose this brand and the tourists’ trust, and it will never be the same.
“Medieval Sighisoara” Festival was the first festival of its kind in Romania, attracting annually in the City from 30,000 to 50,000 tourists, and remarking itself through a series of national premieres, being the first event owning its own theater production for some years ago.