The Grec de Barcelona is a festival of theater, dance, music, circus and film, with a long tradition (this year marks the 46th edition). It is not only the main cultural attraction of Barcelona's summer, but also a reference in the European calendar of festivals.
And where does its name come from? Well, from its main venue, the place where the opening sessions and other festival events are always held: the Teatre Grec (Grec Theater) on Montjuïc, an open-air theater built for the 1929 Universal Exposition and inspired by the theaters of ancient Greece.
The Grec Festival of Barcelona supports local production by showcasing some of the best creations of collectives and artists living 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 Barcelona City Council and is financed by public funds, contributions from sponsors and ticket sales.
The 2023 edition of the Grec Festival of Barcelona
In this year's edition, the Grec Festival supports creation and stimulates more than ever the relationships between artists and disciplines. The Grec 2023 will feature 88 proposals, 55% of which will have the presence of women in the roles of authorship or direction. Collective artistic expressions, such as circus or choral groups, will occupy an important place in the program. In addition, El Grec Festival will program shows in unique and emblematic spaces, such as the Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau, the Dipòsit del Rei Martí or La Model.
The opening will be double, in both cases with circus: The Pulse, by Gravity & Other Myths with the Cor de Noies de l'Orfeó Català (June 29), and Les traceurs, by funambulist Nathan Paulin, a show by Rachid Ouramdane to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Passeig de Gràcia (July 2).
What not to miss
The Barcelona Summer Festival will present exceptional international stage offerings, including Ivo van Hove 's adaptation of Édouard Louis' Who Killed My Father and the world premiere of Sasha Waltz with the Orquestra Simfònica del Gran Teatre del Liceu at the Teatre Grec, with a piece inspired by Ludwig van Beethoven's Seventh Symphony. Robert Wilson's production "UBU" will also be presented, created from the text of Alfred Jarry's Ubu roi, with costumes provided by Successió Miró, an entity linked to Joan Miró, and a world tour by Dimitris Papaioannou with his visual and personal show "Ink". In addition, the bailaora Rocío Molina will present her show "Carnación", in collaboration with the Venice Dance Biennial, the Seville Flamenco Biennial and the Teatro Español, with the incorporation of the Càrmina choir to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The Grec 2023 in figures
88 Grec Festival performances: 38 Grec Festival and 50 Grec Ciutat
- 32 theater
- 15 music
- 14 hybrid scene
- 13 dance
- 12 circus
- 2 cinema
- Youth rate (up to 30 years old), at 15 €.
- 50 % discount with the Pink Card, for large families and single-parent.
- 50 % discount for Last Minute tickets.
- 25 % discount for people over 65 years old and unemployed people.
- 20 % discount with the Barcelona Libraries card.
- 30 % discount for groups of more than 10 people (on sale at the OCCU).
- 25 % discount for groups of 6 to 10 people at the Teatre Grec (on sale at the OCCU).
You may be asked for the accreditation that validates the discount applied at the time of purchasing the tickets.
The show Beethoven 7, by Sasha Waltz & Guests; as well as the concerts by Joan Dausà, Silvia Pérez Cruz, Rufus Wainwright and Mayte Martín Quartet have limited discounts.
To find out about the discounts that may apply to Grec Ciutat events, please consult the website of each venue.
The Grec Festival de Barcelona contributes to the sustainability of the planet since its adhesion to the Program of voluntary agreements for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GEH) promoted by the Catalan Office of 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 implement measures to reduce them, and to carry out annual monitoring to assess the results.