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Summer festivals in Barcelona

31 of May 2017

Barcelona is a city where you can  always find a variety of interesting events. However, when summer comes, they grow in geometric progression. Therefore, on this occasion, we want to take the opportunity to present you the main summer festivals held in Barcelona and Costa Brava.
1. FESTIVAL PEDRALBES - 2017


DATES: 5 JUNE-15 JULY
PLACE: JARDINES PEDRALBES, BARCELONA


Music Festival  " Jardines Pedralbes " - is a great opportunity to enjoy nature, history, music and delicious food in a cozy atmosphere of the beautiful park of Barcelona, ​​Pedralbes Gardens. This year will be the fifth edition, and it is growing every year.

This fifth edition of the festival presents the most ambitious program, both in the names on the poster and in the number of concerts. International artists such as Rufus Wainwright , Art Garfunkel , Tony Bennett or Ludovico Einaudi combine with the best national talents such as Rosana, Jarabe de Palo, India Martinez or Pasión Vega.

Yoy can also find the new talents in the festival: they are presented in the Espai Village, where they will offer their proposals, before the performances of the most recognized artists. The programme is designed for all types of audience: funky, musical theatre, classical music, national pop, international rock, soul, electronic music... Not to mention the little ones, who will have their special day with the 'Musica en Famila' by Minimúsica.


In just five years, the Festival Pedralbes  has positioned itself as one of the most important cultural proposals on an international level, everybody is welcome because the summer begins here.

Interesting data:
  • The extension of the garden of the park is 7,28 hectares, that would be equivalent to eight football fields
  • In this V edition of the Festival Jardins de Pedralbes will be 56 hours of live music
  • Two works by ANTONI GAUDÍ are hidden in the gardens: The Pergola and Fountain of Hercules[i][b]​[/b][/i]

2. GREC FESTIVAL OF BARCELONA - festival of theater, circus and dance


DATES: 8 JUNE-31 JULY
PLACE: TEATRE GREC, BARTS, TEATRE LLIURE MONTJUIC, TEATRE MERCAT DE LES FLORS, TEATRE ROMEA, JAMBOREE AND HARLEM JAZZ CLUB, CULTURAL SPACES OF THE CITY AND STREETS OF THE POBLESEC NEIGHBORHOOD.


The Grec Festival of Barcelona is the main event of the city with theatre, dance, music and circus. It is a festival with a long tradition that, in 2017, will reach its forty-first edition. The Grec has become not only the main cultural attraction of the summer of Barcelona, ​​but also a reference in the European calendar of festivals.

Its name is due to the main space of the Festival, the place where the inaugural sessions are invariably organized: the Teatre Grec of Montjuïc, opened during the Universal Exhibition of 1929.

After forty years of its history, the Grec Festival of Barcelona has become the first producer of shows in Catalonia. Its mission is twofold: on the one hand, it supports local production and shows some of the best creations of Catalan collectives and artists, and, on the other hand, it has become a window open to the world that shows the most interesting proposals coming from different countries. In fact, the Festival is currently the main platform of shows produced in Barcelona.

The programme of the Grec-2017 will include a series of parallel activities, both for professionals and for the general public. In addition, as in the previous edition, the festival will present the extensive program for children, performances will take place in the gardens of the Teatre Grec, the Joan Miró Museum, the Museum of Archeology of Catalonia, as well as in the Theater Lliure, Mercat de Les Flors and Teatre Sant Andreu.

3. SONAR - festival of electronic music and modern art

DATES: 15, 16, 17 JUNE
PLACE: FIRA MONTJUIC, FIRA GRAN VIA L'HOSPITALET

Sonar Music Festival in Barcelona has grown strong and is now established as one of Europe's most well known electronic music festivals. Each year, for one weekend in June, Barcelona is flooded by thousands of music fans from all over Europe.

Between Monday 12th and Sunday 18th of June, Barcelona will become a platform for international contemporary culture. A wide range of activities and  events will take place throughout the city's different cultural spaces, combining to create a genuine Sónar Week comprised of the festival, exhibitions, concerts and installations.

On Wednesday June 14 at 8pm, Björk will perform an exclusive 4-hour DJ Set for Sónar 2017's Opening Night, on the Fira Montjuïc's SonarHall stage (this performance requires a separate ticket from the SonarPass and Delegate Pass). Sunday June 18 it will be the Closing Concert at the l'Auditori. The latter will feature Nico Muhly on piano and Stargaze performing the piece "Death Speaks" by David Lang. The sound installation "Wave Shift" by Mark Bain is also added to the program and will occupy the Pabellón Mies van der Rohe; and experimental dance show "Épica", by Aimar Pérez Galí, will take place in the Mercat de les Flors.

The festival hosts in its program four samples of great scope: "Björk Digital" in the CCCB; "David Bowie Is", the anthology dedicated to one of the most influential figures of our time, in the Design Museum of Barcelona; "Lightforms / Soundforms", the most complete show so far on the work of Brian Eno, Arts Santa Mònica and the one dedicated to the Catalan artist Tres - recently disappeared - titled "Blackout", in the Virreina Centre de la Imatge.

4. CAP ROIG FESTIVAL - music with views of the Mediterranean Sea


DATES: 7 JULY- 22 AUGUST
PLACE: CALELLA DE PALAFRUGEL, GIRONA


The main summer music festival on the Costa Brava is back! As before, the open-air will be held in the botanical garden of Cap Roig (Calella de Plafrugell) - one of the largest botanical gardens on the entire Mediterranean coast. It is located only two hours north of Barcelona and an hour's drive from Girona.

Every year the programme of the festival includes concerts of world-renowned musicians, the festival itself becomes one of the most important cultural events of the Costa Brava, according to the British newspaper "The Independent", one of the ten best festivals of the world.

In this year's programme, as always, it includes the performances of the world stars, among them Ben Harper, Woody Allen, Nora Jones, Jayson Derulo, Anastacia, Andrea Bocelli and Spanish musicians - Miguel Bose and Sidonie group of Catalonia.
  • The origins of the Cap Roig’ Castle and its Botanical Gardens date back to 1927, when Russian Colonel Nicolai Woevodsky, who was keen on drawing and architecture, and his wife, the English aristocrat Dorothy Webster, decorator and amateur archeologist and gardening, left behind her court life in London to settle down and make true her fondest dream in this unique place located in a special enclave by the sea. A place prevailing in nature and calm.