If you’re coming to the Catalan capital this summer, there is one event that you just can’t miss. The month-long Grec Festival in Barcelona is a celebration of the best acts in stage arts from across the globe. Featuring new and exciting performances in the genres of music, dance, theatre, and the circus, international artists deliver a variety of shows intended to delight, shock, and inspire all who attend this festival. This year marks the 36th anniversary of the Grec Festival, and the first for new director Ramon Simó who guarantees some exciting new changes, meaning the 2012 edition of the festival should prove to be the most entertaining yet!
Beginning on June 30th and running until July 31st, most of the individual events take place on the main stage of the Teatre Grec, located in the foothills of Montjuïc in Barcelona. But because the festival strives to involve the whole of the city in its fantastic appreciation of stage arts, there will be around 30 indoor and outdoor venues across Barcelona offering daily shows, activities and workshops, many of which offer free admission. This year in particular will see over 65 different shows being performed, 34 of which are not only new to the festival, but are said to be world premiers. So whether you’re heading for a night out on the town, looking for some family entertainment, or just want to have a few laughs, the Grec Festival will certainly show you a good time this summer.
Here we give you some events to look out for at the 2012 Grec Festival in Barcelona…
Mozart Gets a Makeover
Some of the more intriguing performances this year will include an updated version of Mozart’s famous opera, Don Giovanni, as well as an Icelandic theatre troupe’s fresh rendition of Franz Kafka’s strange tale, Metamorphosis. What’s more, you will be able to experience various forms of classical, contemporary, and modern choreography from cultures around the world in amazing dance performances by local and international dancers. One of the most anticipated shows is ‘Kindur, the Adventurous Life of Icelandic Sheep’- best described as an interactive and educational workshop, where dance is the medium used to pass on the message. Be sure to jot this down in your calendar, as this showcase will only run on July 10th and 11th at the Mercat de les Flors.
Live Music and Famous Faces
No festival is ever complete without the buzzing atmosphere of a live concert. This year, Barcelona’s Grec Festival will bring to the stage an impressive list of musical talents from all over the world. Some of the amazing artists coming to town include Omar Faruk, Muchachito, Canteca de Macao, La Troba Kung Fû, and the Grammy award winning modern jazz performer Esperanza Spalding. The Grec prides itself on providing world famous acts in the most intimate of settings, so make sure you mark your calendar because there is no way you can miss these performances if you’re in Barcelona this summer.
If you’re looking for some good entertainment and a few laughs, grab a spot for the award-winning modern circus, Popcorn Machine (A Domestic Apocalypse running from July 25th to the 29th at the Carpa Font Màgica Montjuïc. Fancy yourself as a bit of an acrobat? Head to Tallers de Circ for a workshop in the arts of the circus! Great for families visiting Barcelona, here you can learn firsthand some acrobatic and aerial tricks with experienced artists.
Moonlight Film Festival
The Montjuïc Castle comes alive at night as the 10th anniversary of Sala Montjuïc gets underway in association with the Grec Festival. For great times with friends in a one-of-a-kind setting, make your way to this open-air cinema every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night. Sala Montjuïc lasts from June 29th until August 8th and provides audiences with a fantastic selection of feature films both new and old, in addition to live music and original movie shorts. Don’t forget to bring some snacks and a towel!
Now known as a tradition during the Barcelona summertime, the Grec Festival provides great entertainment and fun to the city’s residents and guests every year. With its wide variety of activities, the Grec is a guaranteed good time for everyone, no matter the type of event you’re looking for. Although some events are free, keep in mind that many do require that the audience purchase tickets. Tickets are on sale now, so book soon to guarantee your spot for these amazing performances. For more information, a full calendar of events, and tickets, visit the Grec Festival website.