What is the Grec Festival of Barcelona?
The Grec Festival of Barcelona is the city’s main annual date with theatre, dance, music, circus and other stage arts. This is a long-standing festival that will take place for no less than the 40th time in 2016. Over the years, moreover, the Grec has become not only the most outstanding summer cultural attraction in Barcelona, but also a key reference on the European festival calendar.
The festival’s title is taken from its main venue, where the opening sessions invariably take place: the Teatre Grec, or Greek Theatre, on Montjuïc, an open-air theatre opened for the 1929 Universal Exhibition.
Promoted by Barcelona City Council, the Grec Festival also involves a considerable number of the city’s private impresarios and promoters, who produce and organise many of the shows on the programme. The festival is financed by public money, by income from sponsors and by revenue from ticket sales.
With a history stretching back forty years, the Grec Festival of Barcelona has become the leading producer of shows in Catalonia. The event pursues a dual mission: to support local production and produce outstanding works by Catalan artists and companies; and to provide a window onto the world, presenting the most interesting works from around the world in Barcelona. Indeed, the festival is today the city’s leading showcase for performances of shows produced abroad.