Discovering the “castells”

The “castells” is a Catalan tradition that started between the 18th and 19th century in Valls (Tarragona), and consists of human towers, generally erected during the celebration of festivals in cities and towns of Catalonia.

Traditionally, the “castells” are built at the main square of the town, in front of the façade of the town hall. Standing successively on top of each other’s shoulders to the rhythm of a traditional tune played with a dulzaina called “gralla”, the “castellers” form human towers from six, nine or ten levels high, which also differ depending on the number of people on each level (generally one to five).

The “castells” are currently experiencing their best moment, having spread to practically all of Catalonia and part of Valencia and Balearic Islands.

Last Saturday we took our students out to see the ‘castellers’ in the Sants barrio which was amazing watching them live!

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