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History

The Temporada Alta Festival was founded in 1992 in Girona, with the goal of improving local theatre. Under the management and artistic direction of Bitò Produccions, and in association with local institutions, the Festival began as a short theatre season with the clear intention of hosting premieres.

Voyageurs immobiles | dir. Philippe Genty
Temporada Alta 2010 | Foto: Pascal François

The festival grew at a steady pace and in 1996, with 18 premieres, it started to gain recognition as a theatre festival of international scope. Temporada Alta changed its status to International Theatre Festival and extended its programme across the entire autumn season. From this time, the number of productions continued to grow, reaching a total of around 830 shows.

In 2001, the Festival decided to host co-productions and the line-up increased to include other disciplines such as dance, music or circus performance.

Celebració | dir. Lluís Pascual
Temporada Alta 2010

In 2001, the Festival decided to host co-productions and the line-up increased to include other disciplines such as dance, music or circus performance.

The festival gained public acclaim in 2006, on reaching an agreement with the Government of Catalonia recognising it as a Festival of Performing Arts, leading to its subsequent renaming as the Autumn Festival of Catalonia. One year later, it became part of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 2009 and 2010, productions by EL CANAL – Centre d’Arts Escèniques Salt/Girona were incorporated into the Festival, transforming it into an international springboard for national productions.

The programme is staged in 13 venues across Salt and Girona and by the end of 2011 it had seen a total of 442,442 spectators, with more than 90% ticket sales on average since 2000. Since 2012, the Festival has to cope with the rise in cultural VAT levied by the Spanish Government. Even so, Temporada Alta 2013 managed to offer more than 90 shows, a figure which it was able to maintain the following year. In the 2015 edition, the Festival continues its expansion and for the first time will surpass one hundred events and will also incorporate new spaces such as the Auditori Teatre Espai Ter in Torroella de Montgrí, the Teatre-Auditori in Sant Cugat and the Teatre Municipal in Palafrugell.

 

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