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7 Amazing Festivals in Girona You Must Experience in 2017

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Updated: 20 January 2017
The city of Girona sits along the River Onyar in the centre of Catalonia, around 100 kilometres northeast of Barcelona. Known as ‘The City of Festivals’, it holds so many events throughout the year that whenever you visit, it’s bound to coincide with one of them. Girona’s festivals comprise everything from art and music to film and botany. Here are seven of our favourites to experience in 2017.

Black Music Festival: March 2–19

Anyone who’s into soul, funk or R’n’B should make their way to Girona’s Black Music Festival, held in March. Now in its 16th year, it attracts artists from around the globe, from solo singers to choirs and even DJs. Acts taking part this year include Gloria Gaynor, Charlie Winston, the Suffers and Jalen N’Gonda. More names will be released in February, when the full line-up is announced.

Black Music Festival Girona | ©David Bohigas / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

There’ll be plenty of big names at the Black Music Festival | © David Bohigas / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

Temps de Flors: May 13–21

One of the main highlights of Girona’s calendar is the Temps de Flors (Flower Time) festival. During this week-long event, floral art installations are set up across the historic city, inside churches and ancient Arabic baths, around the outside of museums and in public squares. Visitors can follow a festival map, which will show them where the various installations are located. 

Temps de Flors festival Girona | ©Carquinyol / Flickr

Lovers of floral art will be right at home at the Temps de Flors | © Carquinyol / Flickr

A Capella Festival: May 13–21

Held in conjunction with the Temps de Flors is the Girona A Capella Festival, where groups from across the world come to participate and perform in outdoor venues. A capella is defined as singing without musical instruments, and often the background melodies are created only by the singers’ voices. It’s said to be one of the most well-received music styles by audiences across the globe.

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You won’t see many instruments at the Festival A Capella | © Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

inund’Art: June (exact dates TBC)

The inund’Art festival, held around June each year, is a cultural platform for the promotion of visual arts. It aims to create an event where artists come and share their ideas and showcase their talents. The festival features everything from street performances to acrobatics, art installations and sculptures, scattered across the city.

inundArt festival Girona / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

inund’Art festival Girona | Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

Festival de Mapping: July (exact dates TBC)

The Internacional Festival de Mapping aims to combine the city’s historic architecture with modern audiovisual arts. Artists and technology experts from across Spain and the rest of the world converge on Girona in order to showcase their talent and create an array of audiovisual shows, projected onto the facades of the city’s most iconic buildings. Imagine pictures being projected onto the water in the ancient Arabic Baths or lights and patterns on the houses along the River Onya – it’s quite a sight to behold.

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The wonderful lights of the Festival de Mapping | © Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

Festival de Jazz: September (exact dates TBC)

For two weeks every September, the city plays host to the Girona Jazz Festival, featuring some of the best jazz acts from Catalonia, Europe and North America. The concerts are held in special ticketed-venues, as well as in public spaces for free across the city. The festival aims to inspire both jazz fans and those who are just discovering it. Past acts include trumpeter Tom Harrell, fusion Afro-Cuban jazz band Pataxó and the Xavi Torres Trio.

Festival de Jazz de Girona ©Jordi Renart / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

Some shows at the Festival de Jazz are free of charge | © Jordi Renart / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

Festival de Cinema: September 27–30

The Festival de Cinema, held in September each year, began as a small event in 1989 and has grown so much in popularity that it now attracts talent from over 130 countries worldwide. Film categories shown include everything from fiction and documentary to Jewish film, children’s film and experimental film. As well as movies, the festival also features workshops, debates and concerts.

Festival de Cinema de Girona ©Josep Padilla / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive

All kinds of films are shown at the Festival de Cinema | © Josep Padilla / Costa Brava Girona Tourism Board Image Archive