Surely Castellers and Castells (human towers) are a symbol of Catalonia, and although they are very typical in inland Catalonia and in towns, also in Barcelona often enjoyed castellers in our city.
In fact, Castellers in Barcelona are especially typical in certain districts, such as the de Gràcia, where many weekends enjoying the Catalan popular show.
Let’s see the most common terms in the world of human towers:
-Casteller: Man or woman belonging to a group of castellers (called “colla castellera”)
-Colla Castellera (Group of castellers): All groups are based on a minimum level, which are the six-story castles, and as they improve their technique and grow participants can get to make nine-and ten floors. Usually they get the name of their town (or neighborhood) are from.
-Castells (human towers): The castell is a human tower formed by castellers. At the base of Castells (called “pineapple”), also involved spontaneous: friends, family and spectators.
-Enxaneta: person standing above all the castell (a child). When up is considered that the castle has been loaded.
Origin of castells and castellers
Castells (human towers) have their origin in the “Dance of the Valencian” according to Wikipedia. It was a dance in religious processions. These dances ended with a figure composed of lifting a human construction.
The first “castell” in Catalunya was documented in the village of Arboç (Tarragona)in 1770. A few years later, in 1790, it was called “castell” to distinguish it from “Valencian dance”
Castells and castellers are living a time of maximum expansion since 1993, thanks in part to the recovery of tradition and dissemination of media. Moreover, the techniques are refined and more elaborate and more difficult castles are achieved.
Castellers Shows in Barcelona
If you enjoy seeing live Castellers, here is the list of days between June and September where you can see them.
01/06/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Festa Major Trinitat Vella
07/06/2014 | Castellers de Barcelona | Plaça del Rei | 6 PM
08/06/2014 | Castellers de Barcelona | Plaça Sant Jaume | 12 PM
14/06/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Festa Major de Baró de Viver
14/06/2014 | Castellers de Barcelona | Plaça de la Barceloneta | 12 PM
14/06/2014 | Castellers de Sants | Festa Catalana | Av. Catedral
15/06/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Festa Major St. Gervasi | Pl. Bonanova | 11:30 AM
15/06/2014 | Castellers Sagrada Familia |Festa Major Fort Pienc | Pl. Fort Pienc | 12 PM
15/06/2014 | Castellers Vila de Gràcia | Festa Major Baix Guinardó | Pl. Alfons X | 12 PM
22/06/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Mostra Catalana Sant Andreu | Plaça Orfila
28/06/2014 | Castellers Vila de Gràcia | Festa Catalana | Av. Catedral | 6 PM
29/06/2014 | Castellers Vila de Gràcia | Festa Major Grassot | Pg. de St Joan-Indústria | 12 PM
29/06/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Diada d’Estiu de la Jove | Plaça del Rei
29/06/2014 | Sagrada Família | Festa Major Casc Antic | Pl Santa Caterina | 12 PM
05/07/2014 | Sagrada Família | Festa Catalana | Av. Catedral
12/07/2014 | Castellers de Sants | Festa d’Estiu | Pl. d’Osca | 6 PM
13/07/2014 | Castellers de Barcelona | Festa Major del Raval | Rambla del Raval | 12PM
19/07/2014 | Castellers del Poble Sec | Festa Catalana | Av. catedral 1 | 6 PM
20/07/2014 | Castellers del Poble Sec | 15è Aniversari | Carrer Blai 34 | 12 PM
17/08/2014 | Castellers Vila de Gràcia | Festa Major Gràcia | Plaça de la Vila | 12 PM
20/08/2014 | Castellers Vila de Gràcia | Pl. del Sol-Plaça de la Vila | 8PM
30/08/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Festa Catalana | Av. catedral | 6 PM
30/08/2014 | Castellers de Sants | Festa Major de Sants | Pilar caminant | 6 PM
11/09/2014 | Castellers del Poble Sec | Diada Nacional | Pl. del Setge de 1714 | 12.30 PM
11/09/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Diada del 1714 | Pg. del Born | 11.30 AM
14/09/2014 | Castellers de Barcelona | Festa Major Poble Nou | Parc del Centre | 12 PM
14/09/2014 | Jove de Barcelona | Diada Festa Major de Poblenou | Rambla del Poblenou | 11 AM