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President Klaus Iohannis to attend largest Saxon meeting since 1989; 12,000 participants expected in Sibiu

President Klaus Iohannis will attend the Saxon community’s largest meeting since 1989, on August 4-6, in Sibiu. Around 12,000 representatives of Saxon communities from Romania, Germany, Austria and the U.S. are expected at the event.

Martin Bottesch, President of the Transylvania branch of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania (FDGR), announced at a press conference on Wednesday that the largest meeting of Romanian Saxons since 1989 will take place in Sibiu, on August 4-6.

Around 12,000 representatives of the Saxon communities from Romania, Germany, Austria and the U.S. will take part in the event.

“At first, we estimated around 10,000 participants, but after the signals we got from Germany, there will more likely be 12,000 participants. It will be the Romanian Saxons’ largest meeting since the Revolution, the participants being around ten times more numerous than at previous meetings. Such a meeting takes place in Germany each year, bringing together around 20,000 people,” Martin Bottesch stated.

According to him, President Klaus Iohannis will attend the event, his schedule including the delivery of a speech on Saturday, around noon, on the stage that will be set up in the city’s Main Square.

Ambassadors, parliamentarians from the participating countries, politicians and other personalities will also attend the event.

The event will start on Friday and will include around fifty events, the folk costumes parade being the most highly-awaited of them.

There will also be 11 exhibitions, three book launches, concerts and other related events, all of them mainly taking place within Sibiu’s central area.

 

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