Sibiu has one of Romania’s liveliest and most varied festival rosters. The best is the superb International Theatre Festival (w sibfest.ro), over ten days in early June – there are nightly performances (including music and contemporary dance) on an open-air stage on Piaţa Mare, plus a multitude of different events (installations, films, plays and art/photography exhibitions) elsewhere around town. There’s also a Jazz Festival at the beginning of May, the Cântece Munţilor “Songs of the Mountains” folklore festival in mid-August, the Potters’ Fair on the first weekend of September and, in mid-October, the excellent ASTRA International Festival of Documentary Film (w astrafilm.ro). Finally, CibinFest (w cibinfest.ro), on the last weekend of September, is Romania’s version of Oktoberfest, a beer festival in a huge marquee on Piaţa Mare.

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