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Barcelona's Summer Arts Festival begins

The Grec Festival has started. Barcelona main summer festival combines theatre, music, dance and circus. Its main spot is the openair Greek theatre, which hosts evening shows. However, spectacles cover the entire city from now on until early August.


14 June 2010 01:17 AM


Alícia. F. H.
Barcelona (CNA).- The Grec Festival is a classic event on the Catalan cultural calendar. Running through to mid-August, the culturefest will be simultaneously held in libraries, museums and theatres all over of Barcelona and offers a wide-ranging combination of drama, concerts, dance and circus shows.

The Festival kicks off with 'Prometheus'. Heiner Müller, the German dramatist, recovered the myth at at the beginning of the 70s and this year director Carme Portaceli in a revolutionary interpretation of the story, has given a woman, Carme Elias, the leading role. There are many other interesting offers on this year's programme including 'Bolivar: fragments of a dream' by two Colombian theatre directors who wish to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the independence wars in South America.

The Grec Festival started in 1976 when a group of theatre professionals from Barcelona, began to programme shows around the city with the aim of renewing the local art scene. From then on the Festival has grown and gained an international reputation. This year there are several new elements. Among the highlights of the 2010 edition we can find Japanese theatre as well as a newly-opened opera section aimed at nonspecialist public as well as a tie-in with the Sonar music festival.


  • An actress from "Prometeu", the theatre piece opening the festival

  • An actress from "Prometeu", the theatre piece opening the festival