Summer in Barcelona is a time for cultural events. These take place throughout the city, making use of the public spaces and the sunshine. Before coming to the city it is worth doing some research into events that might be taking place whilst you are here.
This page provides information on some of the festivals of art and music taking place in summer - Sonar Music Festival, Sala Montjuïc Festival of Cinema, Grec Festival of Theatre and Music and the Voll-Damm Jazz Festival. Scroll down for links to information on where to purchase tickets.
This music festival is dedicated to electronic music and is considered to be one of the most important and influential in the world. It takes place at the Barcelona city centre during the day and at night it moves to a large conference centre just outside of town. For more details on how to buy tickets, ticket prices, how to get there, the line - up and some insider tips check our Essential Guide to Sonar Music Festival 2023.
Each year a large cinema screen is erected in the moat of Barcelona's Montjuïc castle. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights films are screened in this picturesque setting overlooking the city. Fortunately, the films are screened in their original languages with subtitles - a large percentage of the films are shown are in English. The cinema programme changes each year and there is always speculation as to what films will be shown. Other year's line-ups have included 'No Country for Old Men', 'Wall.E' and 'Volver'.
For more information on the festival programme, ticket purchase, prices and how to get there check the Official Sala Montjuïc Website.
It is worth buying tickets in advance or arriving early for screenings as tickets sell out fast.
This popular festival of the arts takes place in various venues throughout Barcelona - everywhere from the Teatre Grec in Montjuïc to the Picasso museum.
For information on the festival programme, ticket purchasing, venues and prices, check the Grec Website. Unfortunately the website is only available in Catalan. If you have trouble understanding it, you can call Barcelona Tourist Information who will help you to understand what it is about.
There is a popular culture of jazz here in Barcelona. This is being celebrated at the festival of jazz and creative music. The festival has been taking place in various venues throughout Barcelona and has both locals and international artists on its line-up. You cannot buy a ticket for the entire event - you need to buy individual tickets for each concert. For more information on the festival leaflets can be collected from Barcelona Tourist Information. Alternatively you can send an e-mail to the festival organizers.
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