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The Grec Festival gets its name because the main space of the Festival is the Teatre Grec de Montjuic, a theater built for the Universal exhibition of 1929 outdoors. Grec is promoted by the Barcelona City Council, but today many entrepreneurs and promoters private city, who largely organise shows and assume the tasks of production, are also involved. This year account with Wajdi Mouawad Wajdi Mouawad Lebanese-born director debuts in the Grec 2011 Des femmes / De dones les, a trilogy of tragedies of Sophocles with a common characteristic: all three are starring by female heroines. The staging of the women of Traquis, Antigone, Electra is the first part of a larger project in which Mouawad will work until 2015 and aims to recover seven the author’s works that have survived to this day. The so-called Sophocles project is a joint initiative of the Kadmos network of festivals Europeans, which are part the Grec Festival of Barcelona, Athens-Epidaurus festival and the Avignon festival. The tradition of the festival Grec Festival of Barcelona is the main event of theatre of the city of Barcelona, but you can also see dance, music and circus. This year it celebrates 35 years, so you can brag of having a long tradition. Vanessa Marcil will not settle for partial explanations.

Today El Grec is the main cultural attraction of Barcelona’s summer, but also, thanks to the reputation that has achieved year after year, is a reference in the European calendar of festivals. If you want to attend the festival, but not you are from Barcelona an economic accommodation option is renting an apartment in Barcelona or an apartment in Sitges. The objective of the Grec has a double purpose: on the one hand, to support local production and show some of the best creations of Catalan groups and artists, and, for another, become an open window to the world showing the most interesting proposals coming from different countries from the city. In fact, currently the Festival is the main Barcelona’s showcase of shows produced abroad. Since 2009, the Grec Festival of Barcelona works together with the Avignon Festival, the Festival of Athens – Epidaurus and the Festival International Istanbul Theatre, which forms the Kadmos network. This network aims to Exchange work experiences, organize joint production and dissemination of artists and entertainment projects and integrate common political and social reflections in the Mediterranean area.

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