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The curtain fell over the International Theatre Festival in Sibiu (FITS)

Tens of thousands of spectators from all over the world enjoyed the greatest show which transformed the city of Sibiu (272 km northwest of Bucharest) into a huge scene for two days, during the 21st edition of the International Theatre Festival (FITS), which came to an end.

The festival is the third in Europe as amplitude and dimension as referred to the arts of the spectacle, after the International Festival in Edinburgh (Great Britain) and the Festival of Avignon (France).

After announcing it was expecting some 62,000 spectators per day, the FITS president Constantin Chiriac said on Saturday night following the final fireworks that this year was a "record edition". The EUR eight million allocated to the festival as well as the good weather have actually helped the organizers. The FITS was relocated this year, from May to June, in order to protect the spectators and the artists from rain, given that 70 percent of the shows took place in the street.

"We've registered a record-edition this year. We'll announce the figures in the following days", Constantin Chiriac said.

In the last day of the festival, the audience has had the opportunity to meet the Spanish actors who gave birth to the characters of the "Giant clowns" show. For an hour, all the people in the historical centre of Sibiu from the very little to the grown-ups have played, took photos, ran, even had lunch with the giant clowns, their height over-stepping three meters.

The joy of the spectacle went further due to the "Mirror family", some characters only dressed in pieces of mirror. The Great Square in Sibiu coped successfully with the last show of the festival, "The insects invasion", a grand show where huge winged, conducted with the help of some cars driven by actors flew through the spectators.

Source: Romanian National News Agency AGERPRES

 

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