Festival Grec de Barcelona

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The Teatre Grec in 2011.
Panoramic view of Teatre Grec on Montjuïc hill

The Festival Grec de Barcelona (or Grec Festival of Barcelona) is an international theatre, dance, music and circus festival. Over the course of its history, this long-standing event has become a major summer attraction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

The festival takes its name from its main venue: an open-air theatre (the Teatre Grec) built on Mount Montjuïc. The theatre was built in 1929 by the Catalan architect Ramon Reventós in the style of the ancient Greek theatres as part of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.[1] By 1976, the theatre had fallen into a semi-abandoned state. The first Grec Festival both salvaged the theatre and achieved considerable public success.[2] At first, the Grec was the only venue used for festival productions, but today, the festival utilizes several venues throughout the city of Barcelona.[3]

The festival pursues a two-fold mission: to stage the most outstanding works by Catalan artists and companies and to present other interesting shows from Spain and the rest of the world.

Artists who have appeared at the Festival include Dario Fo, Lindsay Kemp, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Jan Fabre, Peter Brook, Sasha Waltz, Michel Piccoli, Robert Lepage,the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan, Paco de Lucía, Cristina Hoyos, Carles Santos, Nacho Duato, Àlex Rigola, Calixto Bieito, Miles Davis, Manhattan Transfer, Joe Cocker, Celia Cruz, Chuck Berry, and Elvis Costello.[4]


  1. ^ "Grec Theater | Grec 2017. Festival de Barcelona". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  2. ^ "Festival Grec: a range of spectacular shows all over the city". Barcelona Top Travel Tips. 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  3. ^ "El Grec Barcelona | Barcelona Summer Festival | Spanish Fiestas". www.spanish-fiestas.com. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  4. ^ Tourismwithme (2016-01-30). "Grec Festival". Tourismwithme. Retrieved 2022-02-10.

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