Welcome to BIG IF 4

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When

Nov 2-5, 2016

Starting at 20:00h

Where

Barcelona

Theatre El Cercle

Barcelona Improv Group International Festival

The BIG IF is the Barcelona Improv Group International Festival, a 4-night-long Comedy Festival with everything in Improvised Theatre in November, including workshops and shows featuring 150 world class improvisers from more than 20 countries. Come watch comedy-packed improv shows on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 2nd-5th of November. See who is performing each night here

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FAQ

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The BIG IF 4 will be held in the heart of the beautiful Gracia district of Barcelona. Each of the event locations is no more than a 15 minute walk from one another. The Generator Hostel will be our home base. Workshops will be held at Swing Maniacs. Our “Comedy Club” is a theatre called Le Cercle.
We’ve sorted a fantastic deal with Generator Hostel Barcelona, for a discount to all festival attendees. Send your request to Groupsbarcelona@generatorhostels.com with the subject “BIG IF.” Indicate how many people will be staying and which nights you will be there. Festivities kick off on Tuesday and continue until Sunday.
There are several ways to get to Gracia from the Airport. Please peruse this fancy & informative PDF for more info click here.
The festival is designed so that you can walk to all locations. To explore Barcelona, because it’s so beautiful and easy, you can walk.Our wonderful metro and bus system is inexpensive (especially if you buy a 10 ride T-10). Taxi rides are also much more affordable than most cities, for more info click here. The improv comedy shows and workshops are all close to Metro stops Fontana (L3) and Joanic (L4).
The BIG IF showcases 12 Invited Teams and 8 Mixer Teams made up of invited teams and individuals.
You must apply in advance in order to perform.


There are 96 Performer spots available. After accepting our 12 teams, the remaining spots will be offered to teams and Individuals in the order they applied. Once the 96 spaces are filled, all other applicants will be offered a “Visiting Improviser Pass” (which includes a 4-Day Pass, Workshop Discounts, Hostel Discount, T Shirt, Social Events, Waiting List for Mixer Teams - Last year 15 VIPs were able to perform). If a team is not accepted and does not wish to come to Barcelona as Individual Performers or VIPs, their application fee will be refunded. Individual Performers will be assigned to Mixer Teams and will perform in a show at the festival. If a team is not accepted and does not wish to come as Individual Performers or VIPs, their application fee will be refunded. Individual Performers will be assigned to Mixer Teams and will perform in a show at the festival.
Click here to apply...
(Once your application has been accepted, you will be a “Registered Participant”. :D )

...As a Team, Team Performer - Deadline: June 28, 2016 (Includes: Team Performance spot, Mixer Team Performance, 4-Day Show Pass, Workshop Discounts of -10€, Hostel Discount, T Shirt, Social Events) Before applying with your team, you will need to know the name, email address, availability, and t shirt size of all of the performers on your team
Before applying with your team, you will need to know the name, email address, availability, and t shirt size of all of the performers on your team

...As an Individual Performer - First come, first served (Includes: Mixer Team Performance spot, 4-Day Show Pass, Workshop Discounts of -10€, Hostel Discount, T Shirt, Social Events)

...As a Visiting Improviser - Deadline: October 1, 2016
(Includes: 4-Day Show Pass, Workshop Discounts of -10€, Hostel Discount, T Shirt, Social Events, Waiting List for Mixer Teams)
In addition to seeing some amazing improv comedy and theatre from around the world, the festival is a great chance for you to learn how improv works. No matter what your skill or experience level, there is a workshop for you! We will have over 30 master classes, geared toward different experience levels, from a dozen different improv professionals over the 4-day period. Additionally, team coaching sessions are available if you’d like to workshop together as a team.

Some of the workshops are geared for those with more improv experience and may move at a faster pace, or expect that all improvisers in the class will have a certain shared knowledge. Here is a guideline:
General - open to all experience levels.
Intermediate - you have taken 3 to 4 multi-week improv courses, or have been improvising regularly for 2-4 years.
Advanced - you have been improvising regularly for more than 4 years.

Workshops cost 38€ for the Public and 28€ for Registered Participants, unless otherwise indicated in the course description. (For more information about Registration, please see the FAQ "Registration" and click any of the "Register" buttons.)

There are no special rates for students, seniors, or children, but you can follow us on Facebook to take advantage of discount codes that are posted leading up to the festival and learn about other comedy events in Barcelona.
Why do all of the workshops say Wednesday?

To make it possible to add all of your workshops to a shopping cart in one transaction, we made the Eventbrite registration for all 8 sessions (morning and afternoon, Wed-Sat) into one big event. Check the title of the workshop you want so that you know the correct day and time. Refunds are not allowed, so please double check your booking before payment. (and the other half of the question is fine)

How do I use my Promotional Code when booking a workshop?

If you have a discount code, please click where it says “Enter Promotional Code” and click “Apply”. This will reduce the prices of all of the workshops. If you accidentally selected your workshops before entering the code, just cancel the transaction and start again 8 minutes later.
Yes! We know that every parent has a better sense of what is appropriate for their children than we do, so we do not set an age limit for our comedy shows. As the shows are all improvised, we won’t know if there is any language or behavior that may offend a parent until it happens. Additionally, some shows have a comedy club feel, encouraging audience members to shout suggestions. It is completely up to your discretion as a parent.(You can watch videos of past performances here.)

However, please note that every child, even a baby, needs a ticket to the show. If you do have a young child, we ask that you please sit close to an exit so that you may remove him or her from the showroom, if necessary. Thank you for understanding that our goal is to give the audience a distraction-free comedy viewing experience.

There are no special rates for students, seniors, or children, but you can follow us on Facebook to take advantage of discount codes that are posted leading up to the festival and learn about other comedy events in Barcelona.
As this is an international festival, with performers from several continents, the primary language spoken for shows and workshops will be English. However, there will be Spanish and Catalan comedy shows. Shows, workshops, and events in other languages will be clearly marked in the all of the schedules.
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Tickets now available for the 4th Barcelona Improv Group International Festival!

Every night features 5 never before seen and never to be repeated improvised Comedy Shows!

Tickets at 10€ each night, OR pick up a 4 day pass for only 30€ at our ticketing page!

*All shows in English unless otherwise noted

Theater: Teatre El Circle - Santa Magdalena, 12 in Gracia, see map above

Wednesday November 2nd:

La Carpe Haute (France), known for their unbounded creativity and unique approach to the world.

*The Modestos (Spain), uno de compañías de crecimiento más rápido de improvisación de Barcelona, siempre listo para jugar. En Castellano. One of Barcelona's fastest rising improv troupes, always ready to play. In Spanish.

Rocket Sugar Factory (Austria), a cinematic treat from 2 American master improvisers.

Plus 2 International Mixer Teams!

Thursday November 3rd:

The NoNoBut (Denmark), Denmarks longest running improv show. Serving up laughs since 1987!

Insert Name Here, The Musical (International), every festival features an all new cast of singing, dancing improvisers.

*Impro Acatomba (Catalunya), tornant per al quart any consecutiu per lliurar mini pel·lícules plenes d'acció, emoció, i la hilarity. En Català. Returning for the 4th year in a row to deliver mini movies full of action, excitement, and hilarity. In Catalan.

Plus 2 International Mixer Teams!

Friday November 4th:

Le Swe-des (Sweden), a sweet mix of Swedens most innovative and popular improvisers. They teach and play at festivals around the world.

Neil+1 (Ireland), What would happen if your first date became the most influential moment in your life? Back for his second BIG IF, Neil takes one lucky person on the date of her dreams.

Barcelona Improv Group (Barcelona), Barcelona's #1 rated and longest running English language comedy group.

Plus 2 International Mixer Teams!

Saturday November 5th:

Impro Impar (Spain), returning to perform a festival favorite - an improvisation where the actors can only use 7 words!

Ohana (International), a superteam of professional improvisers from around Europe coming together to perform Divine Intervention.

The Maydays (UK), the critically acclaimed headliners from BIG IF 2 are back with their new show, Happily Never After.

Parallelogramophonograph (USA), award winning improv foursome from Austin, Texas. Parallelogramophonograph performs a completely improvised French Farce to close out the festival.

Plus an International Mixer Team!

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