Castellers

(Page in progress…)

Why Castellers? Because

  • Castells are built by a group. Its a large effort that builds a single structure. The group includes the people that are directly in the castell but also everybody around it, and the public.
  • Castells are very egalitarian. There is a base and there is a top, but every piece matters; if a piece fails, the whole castell will fail
  • Castells are very technical. They are hard to put together, keep in place, and to take apart in a controlled manner.
  • Castell competitions are competitions, but friendly.
  • Castells represent a wider cultural context. They are very grounded, in a culture and a society.
  • Castells are (increasingly) diverse. It’s great to see more women and girls participating, from multiple cultural backgrounds.

Wikipedia pages on Castell: English, Spanish, Catalan.

Pictures are (crops of):

  • Maria Artiga – Taken on April 19, 2009. Colla: Bordegassos de Vilanova.
  • Ajuntament de Vilanova i la Geltru – Diada Castellera de la Festa Major de Vilanova i la Geltru.
    • Taken on July 30, 2011. Colles: Catellers de Vilafranca, Colla Jove dels Xiquets de Tarragana, i Bordegassos de Vilanova (can’t tell which Colla is building the castle but they are all in the Pinya).
    • Taken on August 1, 2009.
  • Palau Robert.   Generalitat de Calatalunya.  Colla Vella dels Xiquets de Valls preparant la pinya.  DIada de Santa Ursula.  October 24, 2014.

Parts of a Castell:

Also see full list of Wikipedia pages of Castellers, Unesco page on Castellers, …

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