El Grec de Barcelona is a festival of theater, dance, music, circus and cinema, with a long tradition (this year marks the 46th edition). It is not only the main cultural attraction of the Barcelona summer, but also a reference in the European calendar of festivals.
And where does the name come from? From the venue, the place where the opening sessions of the festival are held and some other events are organized: the Teatre Grec (Grec Theatre) of Montjuïc, an outdoor theater built for the Universal Exhibition of 1929 and inspired by the theaters of ancient Greece.
The Grec Festival of Barcelona supports the local production by showing some of the best creations of the collectives and artists that live in Barcelona, but it is also a window open to the world that shows the most interesting proposals coming from other countries.
The Grec is promoted by the City Council and financed by public funds, contributions from sponsors and ticket sales.
The 2022 edition of the Grec Festival of Barcelona
In this year's edition of the Grec Festival, half of the events will once again take place outside the usual festival venues on Montjuïc. In this way we have two zones: the traditional Grec Montjuïc and the so-called Grec Ciutat, in which shows and activities are organized in cultural centers and public facilities such as the CCCB, the MACBA, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, L'Auditori, the Palau de la Música, the Sala Becket, the Sant Andreu Teatre, the Molino or the Goya theatre.
In a moment of transformation, and among great events that mark the future of the continent, this year 2022 the Grec Festival of Barcelona makes Europe the protagonist. That is why it will take us to nearby territories: German theatre, Dutch dance, English musicals, Portuguese fado, the universe of Fellini, Catalan singer-songwriters, French chanson, but also far away in time and reviewed from a current perspective: texts from the Spanish Golden Age, Ibsen, Molière, Shakespeare and Sappho, together with music by Mahler or Mozart. In addition, there will be proposals that encourage us to reflect on democracy, the environment, racism, fascism and other issues that are in public debate.
The Grec 2022 Festival of Barcelona, which will begin on June 29 with an opening show by the NDT 1 company of the Nederlands Dans Theater. Among the big names we find from a local company that fascinates the public of the European festivals most focused on theatrical avant-garde, El Conde de Torrefiel, to the Iranian Amir Reza Koohestani, passing through the German Thomas Ostermeier, the North American company Wooster Group, the Cape Verdean Marlene Montero Freitas, the French performer Phia Ménard or the innovative Italian director Romeo Castellucci.
In this Grec dedicated to Europe stand out Europa Bull (directed by Jordi Oriol); The Trickster of Seville seen by Xavier Albertí; Hamlet (Chela de Ferrari), Tartufo (in Ernesto Caballero's version and played by Pepe Viyuela); Paradise Lost, a version of John Milton's poem by Helena Tornero and Andrés Lima; the impressive proposal by Romeo Castellucci, Bros, which had been seen in Temporada Alta; Opening Night of La Veronal; and Impossible Gender, by Sílvia Pérez Cruz.
The festival renews its commitment to local talent, programming new proposals by authors such as Jordi Prat i Coll (Fàtima), Marta Buchaca (Quant temps em queda?), Jordi Casanovas (Inmunitat) and Llàtzer Garcia (Al final, les visions).
The Grec 2022 in figures
99 Grec Festival shows
- 41 theater
- 22 music
- 12 hybrid scene
- 15 dance
- 5 circus
- 4 cinema
50 parallel activities in 55 additional spaces
- Pack of 5 shows or more: -50%
- Pack of 3 shows or more: -30%
- Young people (< 30 years old), single price: €15
- Family group up to four people: -35% for the show “Grec en família” and Bajau
- More than ten people: -30% (sale in the OCCU)
- From six to ten people at the Teatre Grec: -25% (sale at the OCCU)
- Pink Card and large family and single-parent card: -50%
- Last Minute: -50% (sale at the OCCU)
- People over 65 and unemployed: -25%
- Library card: -20%
Keep in mind that the packs can be bought with friends and therefore you can share the tickets, and that the shows by Roger Mas, 28 i mig, Els Pets, A Sondheim Night Music, Jane Birkin, Malalts del cel, Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona and National of Catalonia (OBC). Salvador Sobral & Marco Mezquida and Paradise Lost are excluded from some discounts or have limited discounts.
The Grec Festival of Barcelona contributes to the sustainability of the planet since its adherence to the Program of voluntary agreements for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GEH) promoted by the Catalan Office for Climate Change of the Generalitat de Catalunya. Through the application of this program, the festival undertakes to carry out an inventory of its emissions, to propose and apply measures to reduce them, and to carry out an annual follow-up to assess the results.