The Tradition of Human Towers in Catalan

From the article on Apr 22, 2013: all images © David Oliete

‘The human towers’ (‘castells’ in Catalan) are traditionally built in festivities and competitions in the region of Catalonia, Spain. During these events each team (known as ‘colla’) builds and dismantles its own human towers. For their success, a crowded and stunning base of hundreds of people needs to be previously perfectly set up. The ‘castells’ have also been one of the most important cultural traditions in Catalonia for more than 200 years and represent the essence of the Catalan culture and people. ‘Strength, balance, courage and common sense’ is their motto.

During the last Human Tower Competition David Oliete shot these pictures. From a nearly aerial position you see hundreds of man women and children gathering at that place and pushing forward to build up human towers. It is a claustrophobic mass and a series of intriguingly different pictures. Human_towers_of_Catalan



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Aspiring writer, artist, musician and composer who was born and raised in the United States and has resided in several European countries. Communication is my forte; both through using various tools and in approaching people of divers backgrounds to gather information. Speak conversational - advanced intermediate - French, German and Spanish. Love interacting with people in cultural centers as much as going to remote places to learn more about the different creatures that share our planet. Love of the outdoors and of a variety of outdoor sports. Driven to learn and expand my own consciousness and understanding through curiosity and love of life. Creative skills merge with analytical ones, leading to an interest in a myriad of topics; ranging from politics, economics, science to environmental. Motivated to use my art, music and writing to support and educate people towards humane practices that support and respect all of life, including practices supporting a healthy planet.

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