Barcelona’s summer festival of theatre, dance, music and more starts on Saturday 30th
June and goes on till the end of July. As the website proudly announces, The Grec 2012 Festival of Barcelona is about to begin! It will start with a great party, open to all, with free admission, featuring the fusion rhythms of Canteca de Macao and La Troba Kung-Fú and “Pedalejant cap al cel”, a show by the Antwerp-based aerial and visual theatre company Theater Tol.
Then, starting the very next day, July 1, the city will host a huge programme of theatre, dance, circus, the finest music and many other activities, right through to July 31st.
The inaugural party takes place on Passeig Lluis Companys, that’s the big wide avenue just above the Parc de la Ciutadella.
I saw the visual theatre company Theater Tol quite a few years ago in another summer
festival and if this year’s show is anything like the one I saw, it will be visually stunning and breathtakingly beautiful.
One of the popular on going events of the festival is the Sala Montjuic. Held in the dry moat at Montjuic Castle near where Catalonia’s last Republican President was murdered by the fascists after the civil war, the summer evenings are given over to the more peaceful pursuits of outdoor cinema and concerts. At least on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. All films are in their original version with Spanish subtitles,
although the odd one might be dubbed in Catalan and begin after dark, at 22.00.
Concerts begin at 21.00. Tickets cost 5 euros and you can get them online. The box office opens at 20.30. You can rent chairs for 3 euros. With a pre-prepared picnic it’s a very pleasant, cool way to spend an evening.
A great way of getting there is to take the Funicular from Parallel, then the cable car,
with all Barcelona spread out below you, to the top.
Otherwise there are special buses, you can use your T-10 pass, from Plaça Espanya.
One will take you back after the film or concert.
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