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Human Towers de Vilafranca

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Human Towers Castellers de Vilafranca, UK debut
The Human Towers de Vilafranca

Pyramid (castells) of humans (castellers), on the bank of the River Thames

  • 170 people Castellers (members)
  • Appeared at the Millennium Bridge in Southwark
  • And Borough Market, on top of a building
  • Due at Moorgate & Clapham Common
  • Did Manhattan in 2012  (commemorate World Trade Center rebuild)

Originated in 18th century Valis, near the city of Tarragona, in southern Catalonia.

Castells‘ made an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’ by Unesco in 2010 and teams compete at competitions between April and September each year.

  • Pinya (bottom) can bear 770lb in weight
  • Men, women and children of all ages and sizes – climb barefoot on the shoulders of their colleagues reaching higher and higher
  • Enxaneta – small child at top, puts one hand in the air
  • Up to 10 levels high
  • 7,000 castellers who belong to 66 different teams

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