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 45th 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 2021 edition of the Grec Festival

In this year's edition of the Grec Festival, half of the events will take place outside the usual festival spaces on Montjuïc. It will therefore be a decentralized Grec that will reach cultural centers and public facilities such as the CCCB, the Macba, the Ethnological and World Cultures Museum, the Teatre Nacional de Catalunya, L'Auditori, the Palau de la Música, the Ateneu Popular 9 Barris, the Mercat de les Flors, La Badabadoc, the Sala Apolo, the Sala Becket, the Sala Hiroshima or the Borràs theater.

This year 2021 the festival focuses its gaze on the creators of African descendants who live in Barcelona, ​​but it is an approach that avoids exotic portraits.Thus, for example, the opening show of the festival will be the theatrical adaptation of the novel Carrer Robadors, by Mathias Enard. Directed by Julio Manrique, the play tells us about the adventure and learning journey of a young man from the Maghreb of the Arab springs to the convulsed Barcelona of the days of 15M.

El Grec 2021 in figures

98 Grec Festival shows (50% are co-productions)

  • 38 theater
  • 22 music
  • 16 hybrid scene
  • 14 dance
  • 6 circus
  • 2 cinema

28 parallel activities in 20 additional spaces


  • 3 tickets: 30% discount.
  • 5 tickets: 50% discount.
  • Under 30s: € 15 per ticket.
  • Over 60s and unemployed people: 25% discount.
  • People with the Pink Card: 50% discount.
  • Family shows: 35% discount for families between 2 and 4 members.
  • Culture Bonus: discount applicable to Grec City.