After the eating of the calçots on Saturday, it was time for some entertainment, Catalan style : Castellers, or Castellets (diminutive form of the word). It was translated on a flyer as “Human towers”.
This is a form of entertainment very typical at Catalan festes or festivals. The tradition started in Valls, the town of the big calçotada I wrote about in this post.
So what is it? -People climbing each other to make a high tower! The tower starts with a strong base, the pinya, lots of people in circles to hold the tower. When the base is strong and ready, the next group of people climbs onto the necks of some of those in the base to form the next level. And like this they continue until a child climbs all the way up to the top and completes the tower. Then they all slide down the backs of the ones under them and it’s fascinating to watch. Especially the child, climbing monkey-style, cool!
Pictures step by step:
The height varies but it’s not unusual to see a Casteller with 8-10 people in hight from the ground and up. 8-10 people! There is a lot of suspense in this though, as sometimes the towers break, they lose balance or strength and people fall down. Thankfully that didn’t happen this weekend, that would be horrible to watch. The group performing this weekend was apparently a small one but there are competitions with Castellers being held on different occasions in Barcelona and I am looking forward to seeing them again!
Found a video on youtube if you’re interested! While searching for a video to post, I watched a few, and came across one where the tower broke and they all fell, they were flying through the air, horrible! (That doesn't happen in this one, I promise!)
Have you ever seen this?