Summer is in full swing here in Barcelona, which means the city’s cultural calendar is filled to the brim! Already underway is one of the most anticipated summer festivals in Barcelona: El Grec Festival. But don’t panic, it lasts all month until 31st July so there’s plenty of time to enjoy it. Unlike most of the festivals to grace the city, El Grec Festival is an international celebration of stage arts ranging from music and theatre, to dance and even circus acts! With entertainers coming from all over the world to perform especially for the residents and visitors of Barcelona, this year’s 41st edition of the Grec Festival is sure to entertain, engage and surprise audiences of all ages.
Situated in the foothills of Montjuïc in Barcelona, the Teatre Grec is the main venue for this unique arts festival. Each year the city plays host to a wide variety of shows and performances, from poetry to magic to live bands. One of the aims of the festival is to get the whole city involved, and with plenty of the events offering free admission, there’s no excuse not to partake in the fun! What’s more, the MiniGrec festival which is specifically aimed at children means that the whole family can get involved.
So, whether you’re looking for some good old-fashioned family entertainment, comic relief, or a night under the Barcelona skies losing yourself in a classic movie, the Grec Festival will certainly have something for you this summer!
The main events of the Grec Festival kick off on July 1st and end on July 31st. During this four-week festival, you can also catch daily workshops, shows and activities not only on the main stage at Montjuïc, but also around multiple indoor and outdoor venues across the city. If you are looking to stay in a city-centreapartment in Barcelona this summer, you will be sure to have plenty of exciting events taking place near you. Here we give you just a few to keep an eye out for…
One of the most interesting performances this year is sure to be those of Pals and Fuga, two separate yet equally amazing circus acts. Catch them throughout the month of July, you can see their timetable here. You’ll witness their latest exhilarating performances and are sure to be on the edge of your seat for the duration.
Of course, no festival would be complete without a fewlive concerts! This year the Grec Festival’s selection of artists will not disappoint, with a top line-up featuring flamenco bailaor by Israel Galván (4/7) & (5/7) and contemporary theatre created by the Greek producer Dimitris Papaioanno who wants to take the festival down a new direction this year! If this wasn’t enough, to mark the 25th anniversary of the Olympic games, why not catch the rumba orchestra Rumberos, pugin a l’escenari! (20/7) & (23/7).
Dedicated to the little ones, MiniGrec will present numerous performances from puppets to musicals and dance, designed especially for family audiences. This includes the show Amour which is also a moving experience for adults and not just your kids! In the show, a group of children imitate their elders, loving without knowing what love is and fighting without hearing about hatred.
This fantastic celebration of international talent in stage arts has become a Barcelona summertime tradition and the Grec Festival guarantees a good time for all who attend. Although some shows are free of charge, many do require tickets. To ensure your spot at one of these amazing performances, visit the Grec Festival website, where you will also find a full calendar of events, locations and directions.