The Grec Festival livens up summer evenings in BarcelonaThe Barcelona Grec Festival is back again in June and July, this year marking its 43rd edition as a performing arts and live music programme which is an intrinsic part of the Barcelona spirit.
Dating all the way back to 1976, the Grec is not only one of the most outstanding arts festivals in southern Europe, but also part of Barcelona’s unique make-up, adding something new every year to reach out to new audiences. Even so, it has kept the Teatre Grec de Montjuïc as its main venue, a spectacular outdoor theatre inaugurated during the Universal Expo of 1929 and which the festival is named after. The theatre always stages the opening night and some of the highlights of each edition.
Presenting an extensive programme with around ninety shows, including plays, dance shows, concerts and circus, this year’s Grec has a twofold aim. On the one hand, to give support and visibility to Catalan collectives and artists, and on the other, to open up to the world and bring the most interesting acts and shows from different countries to Barcelona. Over the years, the Grec has actually established itself as the main showcase for productions from abroad.
For example, in this 43rd edition, from 26 June to 31 July, there’s a chance to enjoy the electronic sounds of Matthew Herbert and the Brexit Big Band, putting a soundtrack to the feeling of being British and European at the Grec Theatre.
Dance lovers won’t miss out at the Grec either, with one of the most acclaimed choreographic references in Canada, the BC Ballet, while younger and modern circus enthusiasts will be keen to see Gravity and Other Myths and their show Backbone.
If you prefer an indoor theatre, not far from the Grec theatre there’s an unmissable theatre production to be enjoyed at the Teatre Lliure de Montjuïc. Entitled Campo minado, this show by director Lola Calvo brings together British and Argentinian veterans who fought on opposing sides in the Falklands War, making them stage partners who between them look back on a conflict from the past. The same venue also offers one of the big names at this year’s Grec: French actress Isabelle Huppert, who will be Mary Queen of Scots, directed by Robert Wilson for her debut at the Catalan festival.
If you want to attend any of these shows, the organisers are offering limited seats with discounts. Using the code TGREC25 you will be able to get a reduced ticket for Ballet BC (7 July), Backbone (13 July) and Matthew Herbert and the Brexit Big Band (21 July). There are also exclusive discounts for the eagerly awaited play Campo Minado, using the code CMINADO25 for the sessions on 16 and 17 July. Have you experienced the Grec yet?