Sibiu Daily Photo

A photo a day from the European Capital of Culture 2007

Mayor

Posted by Jackie on November 14, 2008

At the end of the concert there were some opening speeches. The gentleman on the right is the director of the International Festival of Theatre (I think!), and the man on the left who is speaking in this picture is Klaus Johannis, who is the mayor of Sibiu. He is very popular (in the summer he won his 3rd successive mayoral election, with well over 80% of the vote – less than he got in the previous election, but still pretty overwhelming. As you can tell from his name he is from the ethnic German community, but is popular across the nationalities who live in Sibiu. He is, I believe, widely credited with getting Sibiu to the position of being European Capital of Culture and being one of the major attractions in Romania as a whole.  At this event he was introduced as “a European mayor for a European city”.

24 May 2007

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