Catalonia’s Human Towers: The Art Of Castells

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Photo by Lluis Gene/AFP Photo

The 26th annual Human Tower Competition took place in the city of Tarragona in the Spanish autonomous region of Catalonia. The tradition of building human towers or “castells” dates back to the 18th century and takes place during festivals in Catalonia, where “colles” (or teams) compete to build the tallest and most structurally-complex towers. The structure of the “castells” varies depending on their complexity. A “castell” is considered completely successful when it is loaded and unloaded without falling apart. Continue reading »

Catalonia – the Consultation of Citizens

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Figures of Catalonian traditional Christmas crib called “caganer” (the defecator) of a human ballot box with a positive vote despicting in the act of defecation, released in Torroella de Mongri town, Catalonian region, northern Spain, 04 November 2014. The “caganer” is a traditional figure of the Caralonian nativity scenes for at least two centuries. This year, the referendum for independence that was scheduled for next 09 November, Real Madrid as Champions League winner and Torrente character will be “caganers”. (Photo by Robin Townsend/EPA)
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