FiraTàrrega is known as an international “market” for the performing arts that takes place every year in Tàrrega in Lleida during the second weekend in September. Founded in 1981, it is a great shop window of what is going on in the performing arts, with special emphasis on street arts and unconventional visual shows. It is also a meeting place and an international point of reference for debate, the main objective of FiraTàrrega is to boost the performing arts market, opening the door to internationalisation for participating companies.
Other more specific objectives are the accompaniment and promotion of creations by emerging artists, encouraging training, focused on artistic creation and culture management, and on generating strategic alliances to develop transnational street art circuits or productions.
Fira Tàrrega is the only strategic street theatre festival of this type in Catalonia. It is a point of reference for street arts in southern Europe, although hybrid creations are also promoted with specific pieces of interest to family audiences, including dance and circus: Big Bouncers (Plata) Pagans (El valor de res), Atzucac (Noves espiritualitats per a persones atees), Roberto G Alonso (Jo, travesti) and Circ eia (La pedra de fusta) are some of the names that have made their name at the festival.
La Fassina is an urban market held in parallel to the festival located in an open, central space, with a continuous flow of public, next to the city bus station and Plaça de les Naciones. The demographic of visitors is varied, but they are mainly young people with families (average age 33) and mostly from the provinces of Barcelona and Lleida.
Fira Tàrrega will host over 200 performances distributed among 25 street and indoor performance spaces and visitors numbering more than 140,000 over the four days of the event.