City of human towers

© Rafael López-Monné
© Joan Capdevila Vallve
© Joan Capdevila Vallve
© Rafael López-Monné
© Rafael López-Monné
© Manel R. Granell
© Rafael López-Monné
© Rafael López-Monné
© Rafael López-Monné
© Rafael López-Monné
© Rafael López-Monné

Equilibrium between smartness and emotion

The seconds lasted forever, he was at his limit. He couldn’t see anything, surrounded by dozens of tense bodies, worrying and sweating like him. The sound of flageolets and the shouts from the team leader, he knew he had to hold on. Heat, a lot of heat. That corpulent body, with a few winter layers on top, bravely endured. It was his brain that kept him going. Sure. On top of his shoulders the nine floor tower was being built. He didn’t want to even think about the weight on top of him. If it hadn’t been for the two girls acting like crutches under his arms he would have folded like crumpled paper...

The castles —the human tower constructions— originated in Tarragona and in Penedès and their origin comes from Valencian dances. Tarragona has four groups and the city lives and breathes the tower building spirit and ambience like never before. To build towers everyone is needed and in the right place, from the oldest to the youngest. If one is missing, it doesn’t get built, without bravery, neither.

"TARRAGONA, CITY OF HUMAN TOWERS" 2018: 24 June-20 October

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1- FEEL THE EMOTION OF EXPERIENCING A HUMAN TOWER PRACTICE SESSION

We’ll explain all of the secrets of the human tower group Xiquets de Tarragona, Tarragona’s oldest human tower group. Discover what human towers are and the most important milestones since the advent of human tower building. Enter this amazing world and witness a thrilling practise sessions in a very special setting. And, if you’re feeling very adventurous, you can even join in!

Place: Pati Jaume I de l’Ajuntament de Tarragona (Tarragona City Hall, de la Font Sqr.)

Price: €4 (Free of charge for kids under 5)

MONTH Monday: 8:15 p.m. / Friday: 9:45 p.m.
July 10, 13, 24, 27, 31
August 3, 7, 10, 14, 28, 31
September 4, 7, 14

2- ACTIVITIES

You can see human towers being built on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. in front of the Tarragona cathedral:

DATE PLACE COLLA (HUMAN TOWER GROUP)
27/06 Pla de la Seu Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona
04/07 Pla de la Seu Xiquets del Serrallo
11/07 Pl. Santiago Rusiñol Xiquets de Tarragona
18/07 Pla de la Seu Colla Jove Xiquets de Tarragona
25/07 Pl. Santiago Rusiñol Castellers de Sant Pere i Sant Pau
01/08 Pla de la Seu Xiquets del Serrallo
08/08 Pl. Santiago Rusiñol Castellers de Sant Pere i Sant Pau
22/08 Pla de la Seu Nois de la Torre
29/08 Pla de la Seu Xiquets del Serrallo
05/09 Pl. Santiago Rusiñol Xiquets de Tarragona

3- HUMAN TOWER COMPETITION

6 and 7 October. More information