Without forgetting its link with the traditional and popular festivals, the Fira de Teatre al Carrer de Tàrrega (Tàrrega Street Theatre Festival) has become a benchmark for its commitment to theatrical innovation and quality and is todayone of the most important European markets for the performing arts.
The success of the street shows that the Comediants company organised in 1980 was the seed of the Fira del Teatre al Carrer de Tàrrega which, just a year later, was turned into an annual event.
For the historian and theatre critic Xavier Fàbregas, one of the creators of the project, it was necessary to take back the street as a space for creative activities and at the same time renew the popular and traditional festivals. This is why the early shows were directly linked to popular culture.
With the creation of the Municipal Public Foundation Board and the department of programmers, and the commissioning of theatrical professionals for the artistic direction, the Fira del Teatre al Carrer de Tàrrega started to become professional and it turned itself into a national and international market for sales and recruitment for Catalan theatrical shows. It has always been noted for incorporating new trends and techniques and languages which are increasingly visual and contemporary.
Founded in 1981, it is a great shop window of what is going on in performing arts, with special emphasis on street arts, visual and unconventional shows.