40 years of the Grec

The Barcelona Grec Festival has offered a taster of the programme for its 40th year, which will include theatre, dance, music and circus. There will also be a wide range of parallel activities aimed at both professionals and the general public.

From 1 to 31 July, Barcelona will be the setting for the Grec Festival, now in its 40th year and established as a leading international stage arts festival. Today, the festival released news of part of its programme: music, MiniGrec and the More Grec section. The complete Barcelona Grec Festival programme will be released on 20 May.

The performance that will be opening the festival on 1 July at the Teatre Grec is The Witches of Salem, by Arthur Miller, directed by Andrés Lima and with a cast headed by Lluís Homar.

The day before sees the festival's public opening party at Plaça Margarida Xirgu, the epicentre of a whole series of free events open to everyone to celebrate 40 years of the Grec. Performing at the public party will be l’Orquestra Plateria, which is also celebrating its 40th anniversary of live performances. On 5 July, the square plays host to the Maibaum installation; on 7 and 8 July, la Central del Circ will be performing there, while on 21 and 22 July, the square is home to dance with La partida. To end, on 31 July there will be a Grec closing party with performances by Chico Trujillo and Sense Sal.

The music programme at the Teatre Grec features artists such as Estrella Morente, Mayte Martín, Benjamin Clementine, Jorge Drexler, Myles Sanko and Els Manel. There will also be festival shows at various venues in Barcelona, and small-format concerts have been scheduled for the Jardins del Grec with emerging bands and artists on the Catalan music scene. The festival will also be devoting an evening to tango (18 July) and another evening to musicals (26 July).

Dance and circus will also have their place at the festival. The Teatre Grec will host two dance shows by Rami Be’er with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company, while the Alonzo King Lines Ballet and the Circus Klezmer will say farewell to the stage on 21 July, also at the Teatre Grec.

On 26 June, the Jardins del Grec will play host to the presentation of the MiniGrec, the festival programme for the youngest members of the family. This year the MiniGrec will include six theatre, dance and theatre of objects shows in various venues across the city.

You can check out all the information about the Barcelona Grec Festival and buy early-bird tickets at this link.

Publication date: Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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