Grec Festival of Barcelona


El Grec de Barcelona is a festival of theater, dance, music, circus and cinema, with a long tradition (this year marks the 44th 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 (Greek 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 2020 edition of the Grec Festival

This year's Grec has been reinvented to face an edition that is being held in difficult conditions. Local creation will be the protagonist, although they will not lose sight of international talent. In addition, they have opened the door to new stage formats and new ways of reaching the public, and there will be a single price for all shows. Everything will be carried out following strict security measures that will be constantly audited.

This year's edition of the Grec is structured in three sections:

Grec Festival

48 shows that will be performed mainly in the scenic facilities of the Montjuïc mountain (the Teatre Grec, the Mercat de les Flors and the Teatre Lliure) or in other spaces in the city such as the CCCB, the National Theater, the Barcelona Maritime Museum , the Born Center for Culture and Memories, the Jamboree, the Filmoteca or the Palau de la Música Catalana. For this section of the Grec, artists such as La Veronal, the Agrupación Señor Serrano, Pere Faura, cabosanroque, Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Marco Mezquida, the Producció Nacional de Circ Estat d'emergència, or Laida Azkona Goñi and Txalo Toloza-Fernández will also parade, from creators like Sergio Blanco, Matilde Monnier and Tiago Rodrigues or Angelica Liddell. In the section for family audiences, big names like Farrés Brothers, Roseland Musical or the Marie de Jongh company.

Grec en obert

Section dedicated to the broadcasting of theatrical productions by television, radio or social networks. Betevé will be the official television of the Grec 2020 Festival in Barcelona. You can watch and listen to video broadcasts, podcasts, poetic readings by phone or even walking routes. A total of 36 proposals are part of the Grec en obert, within which we can see how artists from Latin America create and work who will not be able to come to the festival. Among them are Daniel Veronese, Chileans Gabriel Calderón and Manuela Infante or Brazilian artist Alice Ripoll.

From Grec to Grec

In this section 24 productions of the usual Barcelona theater programming that could not be released will be recovered, and productions that were due to arrive this year at Grec. During the 2020-2021 season, in theaters and festivals in the country (including Grec 2021, hence the Grec to Grec name) these works will be exhibited under the Grec label. They include from the adaptation to the scene of the novel The House of the Spirits, directed by Carme Portaceli, to international shows such as those by Dimitris Papaioannou, Gabriel Calderón, Lemi Ponifasio, DV8 Physical Theater, or a version by Pedro Páramo de Pau Miró directed by Mario Gas.

This year's opening will be a tribute to health and other workers in essential areas who have fought on the front line in the difficult moments of the pandemic.

The Grec 2020 in figures

48 shows Grec Festival
24 shows From Grec to Grec
36 Grec en obert proposals

Grec Festival + from Grec to Grec

25 theater, 20 music, 11 dance, 9 hybrid scene, 6 circus, 1 film cycle
48 co-productions
53 local shows, of these 15 re-programmed
13 Spaces / Rooms involved in Grec Festival shows
19 Spaces / Rooms involved in shows From Grec to Grec

Grec en Obert

36 proposals
11 Latin American Connections
9 Row Zero
5 Grec on Foot
7 Grec Conversations
4 Professional Grec