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46th edition of the Grec Festival: A look at the past to face the future

After five years of going around the world, theGrec Festival returns this summer to a creative and proud of itself Barcelona. The 46th edition of the Festival returns to Europe as its focus from June 29 to July 27 to discover what is happening at a time of change and reflect on the history and culture of the continent.

A total of 86 shows and more than 50 activities will be staged in 55 venues around the city, all with the aim of restoring the public’s confidence in theaters and the spirit of play in the city, promoting local artistic talent and looking to the past to imagine what the future of the performing arts could be like. A varied program ranging from German theater and Dutch dance to Portuguese fado and Catalan singer-songwriters, which will make us reflect on the world we live in and revisit classics such as El burlador de Sevilla, Hamlet, Paradise Lost, Tartuffe or Sappho.

A Grec Festival for all audiences: 36 theater shows, 20 music shows, 12 hybrid stage shows, 12 dance shows, 5 circus shows and 1 film show.

The Festival will maintain its commitment to international creation in order to present exceptional artistic projects, and will highlight collaboration, with a program featuring internationally renowned artists such as El Conde de Torrefiel, Amir Reza Koohestani, Thomas Ostermeier, Wooster group, Marlene Montero Freitas, Phia Ménard and Romeo Castellucci.

In addition, it’ll take up the testimony of current affairs and will talk about topics such as democracy, racial violence, fascism, refugees, sexual identities or the story of life in communist countries.

Promoting creativity and local talent, it will promote a program of renowned Catalan directors such as Jordi Prat i Coll, Marta Buchaca, Jordi Casanovas and Llàtzer Garcia, and will organize 34 co-productions, offering grants, projects and cycles of readings.

Regarding musical production, this year, marked by the return of festivals to the city, will encourage own productions and artistic collaborations, with the participation of some young musicians such as Tarta Relena, Cucanha and Gemma Humet.

In addition to the program that takes place in Montjuic, it will also organize parallel activities in various areas of the city: street productions, dramatized readings in local venues, rehearsals, presentations and conversations in civic centers, and debates and reading clubs in libraries.

The Grec Festival in the Creative District:

Some of the District’s venues have programming that is part of the Grec Festival.

Teatre Nacional de Catalunya

Europa Bull, 30/06 to 17/07

A linguistically surprising montage based on the myth of Europe and its current turmoil.

Hamlet, 01/07 to 03/07

What are the dreams and frustrations of a person with Down syndrome? They themselves explain it to us from the version of one of the best known plays of universal dramaturgy, staged by a Peruvian company.

Opening Night, 14/07 to 16/07

This tribute to the theater turns the stage into the protagonist. Show by the Barcelona dance company La Veronal.

Sala Beckett

Al final, les visions, 29/06 to 31/07

Imposed guilt, redemptions that take many years, dreams, returns, visions and endings are all part of an intense story that speaks to us of that territory where the living and the dead coexist.

Paradís, 05/07 to 22/07

A story told by a single actor who will develop the four characters that will tell the funny and emotional story from four different points of view.


Desert, 16/07 and 17/07

Desert is based on the piece Timber (2009) by the American composer Michael Gordon (1956-), a work that was premiered in Spain by the percussion ensemble FRAMES Percussion in 2016.


To see the complete program of the Festival, click on the following link.