What are castellers?

What are castellers?

The Catalan tradition of building human towers or castells (the Catalan word for ‘castle’) originated in Valls, near the city of Tarragona in Catalonia, an autonomous community of Spain with its own distinct language and culture.

What are Castellers in Spain?

A castell (Catalan pronunciation: [kəsˈteʎ]) is a human tower built traditionally at festivals in Catalonia, the Balearic islands and the Valencian Community.

How many teams of castellers are in Catalonia?

There are currently between 60 and 70 castell teams (colles) in Catalonia, some of which appear at large, bi-annual competitions in Tarragona, Spain. The teams are awarded points based on how high they can build their towers without falling.

What happens in Los Castellers?

Traditionally, the castellers perform their tower building during the main parts of larger festivals. Usually, three colles come together and build their human edifices. Nowadays, the towers are also often built outside of the festivals – the actual season goes from June to November.

When was the first performance of the castellers?

Historians claim the first castells appeared in the southern Catalan town of Valls in 1902. Throughout the 19th century, castells “were more of a circus act,” historian Pablo Giori explains, formed by immigrants from southern regions such as Andalucia, who came to the wealthier north looking for work.

When was the first performance of the Castellers?

How many teams of Castellers are in Catalonia?

What do Los castellers wear?

Castellers costumes Today, the traditional costume is made up of white trousers, a flannel belt called a faixa, a shirt and a bandana. Only the castellers at the pinya wear shoes, the rest are barefoot. Children also wear helmets for safety reasons.

What happens in Los castellers?

What is Los Castellers festival?

The “castells” (human castles) have been awarded the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity designation. They are a very popular and spectacular event, typical of Catalan culture, in which impressive human towers that are six to ten storeys high rise up and seem to touch the sky.