As summer arrives in Barcelona, the city’s cultural calendar is filled to the brim with endless fiestas and artistic events! One of the most anticipated summer festivals in Barcelona is the month-long Grec Festival, 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 45th 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 June 27th and end on August 1st. 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-centre apartment 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…
Some of the most interesting performances this year are sure to be those of FIQ (wake up!), a group of 15 talented acrobats from Tangier. You’ll witness their latest exhilarating acrobatic performances and combine it with breakdancing, taekwondo and even freestyle football! You’re sure to be on the edge of your seat for the duration.
Follow the link for the full timetable of circus acts at El Grec.
Music to Your Ears
Of course, no festival would be complete without a few live concerts! This year the Grec Festival’s selection of artists will not disappoint, such as Trio de Kali, a group of griots, musicians and storytellers from Mali that combine African culture and traditions with the talents of Afro-descendent local musicians, offering a unique show specially created for the occasion.
Other artists expected at Grec this year include Sopa de Cabra, Reggae per Xics, Xiula, Buika and the Sey Sisters, among many others!
Follow the link for the full timetable of music acts at El Grec.
Dedicated to the little ones, MiniGrec will present numerous performances from puppets to musicals and dance, designed especially for family audiences. 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.