FiraTàrrega street arts festival ends with record number of participants
38th edition of the event devoted to open-air performances attracted over a thousand domestic and foreign professionals from the sector
Catalonia has become something of a mecca for festivals, and one of the most popular -the FiraTàrrega festival of street arts- successfully brought its 38th edition to a close on Sunday with record numbers of participants and attendees.
The festival in the western Catalan town of Tàrrega features a wide variety of performing arts in the open air, and this year's edition boasted a varied program of some 50 performances, from both home and abroad.
What's more, over the four days of this year's FiraTàrrega festival, there were some 227 activities in 22 different venues, while the organizers say that 1,013 professionals from 588 organizations in the performing arts sector attended.
Rethinking the public space
One of the main aims of FiraTàrrega 2018 was to focus attention on rethinking the concept of the public space, with the organization behind the festival producing 10 of the performances, as part of the Suport a la Creació (Support for Creation) program.
Some of the highlights of this year's event were the trilogy of works from the Adhok company, the premiere of the street play Peregrinus by Poland's Teatr KTO, and the shows Of Man and Beast and Witness This, by the Chameleon company from England.
Meanwhile, Italian Caterina Moroni presented UN.HABITANTS_To make room for us, performed in the Tàrrega cemetery, while Hunting for the Unicorn by Becki Parker & Vero Cendoya offered different perspectives on autism.
The next edition of FiraTàrrega will take place from September 5 to 8, 2019.