For the last forty years, the Greek Festival of Barcelona has celebrated the traditional and historic art form in the heart of the seaside city, aiming to continue to run and adapt. This year seems to aim to maintain this trend, with the event’s organiser Ramon Simó publicising how in its original year of 1976, the Grec Festival de Barcelona “was a call for culture and freedom. And a great celebration. We have done a lot, however we still have a long way to go. Grec 2016 will still be a call for culture and freedom and a great celebration.”
One aim which both Simó and the festival seem to share is of growth and social progress, aspiring to encourage the blend of one of the most significant art forms in societies history with the modern and vibrant city of Barcelona. Much like in Barcelona’s festival, Greek theatre may have been performed in open air theatres, focusing largely on one of two modes. By combining this seasoned art form with the potential vivacity of the Spanish city and culture, Simó and his co-organisers may offer the chance to blend both the Spanish and Greek cultures, and also offer travellers the opportunity to experience as much of Europe’s rich cultural history as possible.
Simó aptly summarises the potential of the festival, calling it “a space for freedom, where we [may] talk, where we [may] discover new ideas about past concerns, where we [might] find new forms of expression [which] enable us to see things from the most unexpected viewpoints. A provocative environment full of new questions [which] unable to be resolved by worn-out answers. At times happy and cheerful, at others raw and uncompromising; art at the service of citizens.”
There seems to be much more available to tourists than the Greek Festival alone, too; the city may also be well known for its architecture and artistic history. As well as being home to the young Picasso, Barcelona is home to many of Gaudí’s’ works of architecture, such as the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia, Park Güell and La Pedrera. Or, if more classical architecture is of interest, there are numerous churches and cathedrals throughout the city, such as the Santa Maria del Mar or the Sant Pau del Camp. Barcelona may also be a healthy location for relaxation and recuperation, with its many beaches potentially providing a respite from the streets of Barcelona. The musical scene in Barcelona also seems to be thriving, with clubs such as Razzmatazz which aim to offer house music and DJs running events alongside the more classical Gran Teatre del Liceu, where audiences may experience anything from Shakespeare to Mozart. There is also the opportunity for historical educations at museums such as the seventy-year old Museu Historia of Barcelona, located a short walk away from the equally fruitful Museu Picasso de Barcelona. After a long day of tourism, travellers may be keen to sample some traditional Spanish Tapas at restaurants such as Quimet y Quimet or Casa de Tapes, or otherwise may sample some of Barcelona’s Paella at Suquet de l’Almirall.
With the uprising cultural amalgamations and events such as the Greek Festival in Barcelona which encourage social blending, unification as well as respect for the history and future of art and society, the cities of Europe like Barcelona may be locations of interest this summer. In addition to the physical fixtures of Barcelona which may be considered as sites of interest to travellers, it may be the music, art, food and social events in the city which are what make it a potential destination of interest for travellers of all ages.
How may blending European cultures and traditions lead to new opportunities?