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It can all be a little overwhelming, the city may not be huge but the culture, activities, events, eateries etc. is vast. So we have taken it upon ourselves to amalgamate our local 12 years experience in the city via our blog. Whether you are planning on coming over for the festivals, want to find out vegan eats or general insider information, we will keep you in the loop.
Grec Festival 2012 – The open air tradition continues
Pg de Santa Madrona, 36
The Grec Festival of Barcelona is one of the most important cultural events in Europe, and definitely the most exciting summer cultural event in BCN, with theatre, dance, music, circus and other stage arts.
The Teatre Grec (Greek Theatre in Castilian), Barcelona (Spain), is an outdoor theater located on the mountain of Montjuïc. Despite its name, is not a construction made by the ancient Greeks. It was designed and constructed in 1929 for the International Exposition in Barcelona by architect Ramon Nicolau Maria Rubio Reventós and i Tudurí, which was inspired by the floor of the theater of Epidaurus. It was located in an old quarry in the mountains and served as the theater space
The floor area of 460 m2, can accommodate about 1,900 spectators. Next to the theater there are beautiful gardens, designed by Rubio i Tudurí and Jean-Claude Nicolas Forestier, and a pavilion that was used for musical concerts and now houses a restaurant.
Between 1969 and 1972, the theater was closed. From 1973 to 1975, the theater management was private, and in 1976 was returned to the town hall, which opened the first Festival Grec, whose success would to be scheduled, except in 1979, each year between June and August.
Now the festival features a spectacular array of performances across theatre, music, dance and more. The 75 performers taking to the stage to showcase their talents means you won’t be short of choice, whatever you preferences are. Alternately, if you want to discover something new, it is a safe bet that you will be able to here and the gardens transform to something magical with fairy lights entwined in the trees and pop up bars making it a great place for a cocktail.