Festival Grec: a range of spectacular shows all over the city

Pauline
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Article updated 23 May, 2018. 0 comments

The Festival Grec really makes Barcelona a cultural capital. Discover all the dance, theatre, music and circus shows on offer!

Festival Grec
Where?

all over the city

When?

every day
from the 1st to the 31st of July

How much?

from 0 to 40€

Why?

for its avant garde style

The  Festival Grec is a veritable ode to art, creativity and discovery. Below we’ve outlined some of the highlights of what is a very unusual festival.

Festival Grec: origins and concept

The name of this festival refers to the open-air Greek theatre that takes place on the Montjuïc hill and where most of the festival’s shows have taken place since it first began.

The Festival Grec has always been avant garde as it was founded in 1976, when Greek theatre had been largely abandoned.

Initially created as a theatre show, its huge success quickly allowed it to open up to dance, magic, circus and music.

  • Its goal? To help innovative and independent artistic initiatives to find an audience.

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Catalan and international artists

Every summer, the Festival Grec welcomes a huge number of artists from all over the world, so if you’re seeing a performance it’s a good idea to check what language it’s in.

Among the famous musicians who have crowded the festival stage are Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Santana, Youssou N’Dour and Lou Reed.

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Festival line-up

The Festival Grec takes place from the 1st to the 31st of July.

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Circus, dance, theatre and music

Among this year’s performances are a circus show, a flamenco concert, and performances of jazz, tango and Catalan rock.

Dance is also not forgotten as there will be plenty of troupes performing all Summer long on stages around the city.

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Minigrec for kids

Marionnettes, shadow theatre, musicals, dancing… Find kids’ shows in the festival programme.

Dates and times

The Festival Grec runs this year from the 1st to the 31st of July (this year, there are also two shows at the end of June). You can find the timetable on the Festival Grec website.

Prices and buying tickets

  • Prices vary from show to show. Some of them are free, but generally the price ranges from around €8 to €40.
  • You can buy tickets from the “Tiquet Rambles” kiosk, Palau de la Virreina, at number 99 on La Rambla (open Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8:30pm).
  • It is also possible to buy tickets at the venue from one hour before the performance starts.
  • A 20% discount applies if you buy tickets for three or more shows playing at the Teatre Grec, the Teatre Lliure, the Mercat de les Flors, the Museu d’Arqueologia de Catalunya, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica, Graner Centro de Creación, Polvorí, the Hiroshima and the sala Apolo.
  • Under 16s get 50% off (except for musical shows)
  • Under 25s and over 65s get a 25% discount.
  • You will pay half price for your tickets if you buy them less than 3 hours before the show, as long as there is availability (doesn’t apply to musical shows).

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How to get to the Festival Grec

  • The headline shows of the Festival Grec take place at the Greek theatre at Montjuïc, and it is the nicest place to see a show.
  • All the locations of the Festival Grec are referred to on the official festival website. Click on the name of the location for more information: address, map, access, phone number…

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Pauline

Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?