The Grec Festival de Barcelona, or more simply El Grec, is Barcelona’s largest annual summer Festival with a huge programme of over 130 wonderful performances of Theatre, Music, Dance and Circus venues around the city. The Grec Festival has a long tradition (this year marks the 42nd edition). It is not only the main cultural attraction of the Barcelona summer, but also a reference in the European calendar of festivals.
The festival’s central venue is the Teatre Grec. The Grec festival which name is inspired by the Teatre Grec in Barcelona (the wonderful Greek amphitheatre on Montjuïc) which is the main stage of the festival. Teatre Grec is an open air theatre on Montjuïc hill built for the 1929 Universal Exhibition and inspired by the theaters of ancient Greece.
The main promoter of El Grec is the Ajuntament de Barcelona (the City Council) and financed by public funds, contributions from sponsors and ticket sales.
The Grec Festival of Barcelona supports the local production presenting some of the best creations by companies and Catalan artists, but it is also a window to the world showing the most interesting proposals coming from other countries. However, given the enormity of the festival, the whole Barcelona performing arts community gets involved and, as you can see from the programme below, many other theaters and venues stage different shows and performances.
The festival programme consists of theatre, music, dance and circus performances as well as the Mini Grec with a programme oriented towards children and the Més or More Grec programme for things that are difficult to categorize, such as talks or multi-media installations and a Mini Grec.
Grec Festival of Montjuïc 2018 edition
This year’s edition of the Grec is structured again in two large groups of shows, in addition to organizing a wide program of parallel activities with various entities of the city (especially the factories of creation and libraries):
The Grec de Montjuïc: the most international Festival.
Grec ciutat: reflection of the local creation (this year the Plaza Xirgu is added, where you will find the Asia that lives in Barcelona free of charge as well as some proposals from lesser-known artists).
The Grec in numbers
144,314 tickets for sale
Shows by type: 22 theater, 17 creation, 25 music, 11 dance, 6 circus and 2 cinema
Spaces / Venues involved: 33
33 international productions
14 family shows
15 parallel activities spread over 30 spaces of the city
Shows with the presence of at least one woman in the role of authorship, direction or choreography: 46%
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